To be honest, I thought we might have a starting quarterback by now.
Based entirely on his experience as a past NFL starter, I really figured Mark Sanchez would rise to the top of a weak pile once the Broncos reported to camp.
But that hasn’t happened yet.
Sure, Sanchez has had some decent days. But he’s also thrown some stinkers that have lead people to question his decision-making skills.
Thought to be Sanchez’s chief rival, Trevor Siemian was signed in 2015 out of Northwestern. He racked up 27 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in four college seasons.
Siemian knows the playbook, but his only experience “playing” in the NFL is a single kneel-down.
And yet, the dark horse QB saw his best day of training camp yesterday. He has continued to impress while splitting time with Sanchez.
“At some time somebody is going to have to take bulk of the reps. I am not trying to look too far ahead to that,” Siemian said. “I want to be able to compete where I am playing well and just see where it ends up.”
Wild Card: What About Paxton Lynch?
The future of the Denver Broncos, of course, is supposed to be rookie QB Paxton Lynch — plucked out of Memphis in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft.
The plan was for Lynch to have some time to develop while a veteran caretaker like Sanchez ran the offense in the short-term.
Interestingly, head coach Gary Kubiak has been heaping praise on Lynch for the last few days.
Does that mean the young gun has a legitimate shot at winning the starting job? It’s hard to say.
“One of the things, for sure—you guys are watching—is No. 12 is really, really stepping up. He’s making some progress here,” Kubiak said of Lynch’s performance. “I think they’re all doing a good job, but I would say that the young kid has gotten better each and every day.”
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Maybe Kubiak is just trying to apply additional pressure to Sanchez and Siemian, while boosting the rookie’s confidence with some compliments.
But maybe not. If Lynch starts to get meaningful work with the first team during the next few practices, then we’ll know something is up.
As I said, I thought the QB question might be answered in the first or second week of training camp. Now it seems likely the team won’t name a starter for several more weeks.
Oh well, at least this contest will give us something interesting to watch play out during the pre-season games.