According to Denver Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak, second-year quarterback Trevor Siemian will start Saturday night's preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Kubiak: Siemian will start Saturday vs. the @49ers#SFvsDEN— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 18, 2016
Probably the least shocking news of the day. Once the Broncos named Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian the "co-starters" at quarterback, you knew that they would both get shots at starting this preseason.
Sanchez got the start last week and scored a touchdown and threw an interception against the Chicago Bears. Siemian played the second quarter and had a few good throws but was unable to find the end zone despite starting in good field position.
Now this Saturday night, Trevor Siemian will have a shot(in what may be his best shot) at winning the Broncos starting quarterback job. He'll go up against a 49ers defense that had his number during today's second joint practice, but will be working with Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.
Siemian will need to show that he can protect the ball, move the offense into scoring position, make good reads, and just look comfortable out there because this is his first start of his NFL career.
A good performance could push him ahead of Mark Sanchez, and poor or lackluster performance could hurt his chances at winning the job. The pressure is on for the young Siemian.
Siemian starting. Will play 1.5 quarters, or thereabouts. Sanchez for 1.5 quarters. Lynch will get the rest of the work.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 18, 2016
Sanchez will play a total of a quarter and a half and will also need to show he can limit his mistakes and be productive. Like Siemian, there's a ton of pressure on Sanchez, but I still think he has the slight edge in the competition.
The Broncos first-round pick will probably get the final quarter and will need to show the coaches that he should be in the running for the starting quarterback job as well.
It's going to be a big game for all three Broncos quarterbacks, and hopefully, we have more answers than questions after Saturday night's game.