Broncos announced QB Trevor Siemian will start week 3 of preseason vs. the Rams. Advantage, Siemian.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 22, 2016
Siemian started against the 49ers and mostly played it safe outside of one nice roll out throw to tight end Virgil Green. His big mistake was a terrible decision that led to 49ers safety Eric Reid to jump the intended pass to Demaryius Thomas take it back for a touchdown. Kubiak said today that Siemian's interception was "just a poor decision".
So Siemian gets the start against the Los Angeles Rams who have themselves one of the best defensive lines in the game. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald and defensive end Robert Quinn figure to give the Broncos offensive line fits, and figure to pressure Siemian a bit as well. So Siemian will have his work cut out for him Saturday night.
I personally want to see Siemian attack more downfield, take some risks, and not just dink and dunk it. He will also need to stop staring down his intended target. The week three preseason game is the "dress rehearsal game" so there will be some game planning going into this game. So Siemian will need to cut that out.
The most interesting thing we learned from this was Kubiak declining to name who would be the second quarterback on Saturday night. This is a good sign for rookie Paxton Lynch and a terrible sign for veteran Mark Sanchez.
Interesting that Kubiak didn't commit to Sanchez as the No. 2 QB against the Rams. Could be Lynch. Sanchez was right he squandered the job.— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) August 22, 2016
My money would be on Paxton Lynch and the quarterback battle is down to Siemian and Lynch who will probably see plenty of first team work on Saturday night.
Now some may view this as Siemian being in the lead for the quarterback job, but Kubiak quickly put that out by saying no one has the lead and the battle is on going.
#Broncos Kubiak "No [ Siemian is not in the lead ] -- we still move on with our competition."— Cecil Lammey (@CecilLammey) August 22, 2016
So this battle seems to be down to Siemian and Lynch and whoever plays the best will be announced the starter I think. Kubiak did say he plans on naming a starter prior to the Broncos week four preseason game, so we're finally nearing the finish line in this battle. We also may be nearing closer to Mark Sanchez being cut. I mean if he's not going to start or be in the running for the backup job, what good is he?