by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
With Brock Osweiler spurning the team this offseason, the Broncos are headed to a bit of a quarterback controversy (at least in the short-term). They answered the question as to who the long-term answer was, at least they hope, when they traded into the first round to select Paxton Lynch. Could he also be the answer in 2016? Will it be Mark Sanchez or Trevor Siemian? Let’s take a look at their performances in the first preseason game:
10-13, 99 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
He got the start and was solid, including a TD pass to Demaryius Thomas. However we can’t ignore the interception either, considering his career marks of 86 TD vs. 84 INT. A team like the Broncos want someone who is not only going to make plays, but also not beat themselves. If Sanchez can’t avoid coughing up the football, the decision on who starts becomes a bit of an easier one.
7-12, 88 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
He entered in the second quarter and produced fairly well, and maybe the performance would’ve been better had he had the benefit of the starting wide receivers. That said, he did nothing to hinder his potential to claim the job. Head coach Garu Kubiak was quoted in The Denver Post after the game (click here for the full article) as saying:
“Trevor is in command of what we do,” Kubiak said. “He’s probably in the best command, in all honesty, just because Mark continues to learn our offense. He’s done a great job, but remember, Trevor’s been on a year and a half now. Trevor’s in command of what we do, how we do it, what we want to get done. He just needs to play. Obviously he hasn’t played as much football as Mark has played, but Trevor’s becoming a pro and has a lot of confidence in himself. You see it every day in this competition. It’s going to make us better as a team, it’s going to make both of them better as players.”
It’s easy to imagine Siemian getting mixed in with the first unit in the next game, giving him an opportunity to prove he can handle the job.
6-7, 74 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
It’s easy to get excited about the numbers, and there’s a good chance he gets starts at some point in 2016. That said he was facing third and fourth stringers, so we need to keep things in perspective. He’s not in the mix, as of yet, though so consider him more of a stash than anything.