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ESPN’s John Clayton projects Trevor Siemian as Denver Broncos 2017 starting quarterback

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That’s right, get used to seeing Trevor Siemian under center. John Clayton is calling it now, Siemian will be the starter for the Denver Broncos in 2017.

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With all of the frustration brewing against the Denver Broncos offense, many fans have been vigorously defending his play despite the complete ineptitude on offense in recent weeks.

ESPN’s John Clayton doesn’t think that will play into any offseason move away from Trevor Siemian. He projects Siemian to be the 2017 starter for the Broncos in a post where he projected all of the starting quarterbacks around the NFL.

Projected 2017 starter: Trevor Siemian

The Broncos invested a first-round pick in Paxton Lynch in the 2016 draft, but he wasn't ready to beat out Siemian this season, and he probably won't be able to do it next year. He was raw coming out of Memphis.

Siemian has been a good leader. He has a good arm, and he works well with coach Gary Kubiak. Lynch could still be the quarterback of the future, but that likely won't come until 2018.

Certainly, he has the yards and the completion percentage to warrant another year of starting in the NFL. He will need to work on third down passing and red zone efficiency to find a long-term gig, however.

In most other important statistical measures, Siemian ranks around 20th or so among qualifying quarterbacks. Which isn’t bad for a first year starter.

This team still has a championship window, but that door closes a little more with each passing day. If Paxton Lynch is the guy in 2018, this defense probably won’t be nearly as good as it is right now, which means the best time (aside from winning out in 2016) to win another Super Bowl is next season.