1. Trevor Siemian, the starter
I didn't think it was possible and still have a long list of doubts about Trevor Siemian, but he is likely the Broncos starting quarterback for week one when the Broncos begin defending their Super Bowl Championship against the Carolina Panthers.
For the third straight game, Siemian didn't look great, he didn't look terrible, but didn't look good either. It was another "okay/meh" performance. A couple nice throws followed by some questionable throws and one(kinda) interception and another near pick six if the safety held on to it.
Siemian and the Broncos offense really didn't do anything until the Rams pulled their starters. That's when the Broncos running game opened up and he capped off the drive with a one-yard pitch and catch touchdown to a wide open Virgil Green.
Siemian's best throw of the preseason came on a fly route to Demaryius Thomas who made a brilliant one-handed catch. Siemian finished the night going 10 for 17 for 122 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception.
I'm really not confident in any of the three quarterbacks heading into the regular season. Sanchez is likely cut, Siemian looks average at the very best, and Lynch needs work. The Broncos will need their defense to work some miracles again in 2016. If not? Could be a rough start for the defending champs.
2. Ronnie Hillman is not going down without a fight
I like many others have assumed that Ronnie Hillman's time with the Broncos was coming to an end after the preseason, but he is making it a difficult choice for the Broncos coaches.
@MrHillman2U: "I've still got to go out and prove I can still play and make the team... I've got to make it hard on the coaches."— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) August 28, 2016
Hillman finished the night with 5 carries for 45 yards and 1 touchdown. Hillman outperformed rookie Devontae Booker and Kapri Bibbs on the stat sheet, but can he make the roster?
From the beginning, Kubiak has said that Special Teams would play a factor into which running backs would make the team, so was Hillman's performance for the other 31 teams? He outperformed his competition in the running game, but the other two can contribute on Special Teams so it leaves the Broncos decision makers with a tough decision to make at the running back position.
3.Dekoda Watson made the team
One name that was overlooked by some(myself included) this offseason was Dekoda Watson. He was a late free agent signing and was figured to push for a roster spot at inside linebacker.
But then they moved him to outside linebacker.
After three preseason games, the veteran linebacker now has 4 sacks in limited action with the Broncos. Production like that will get the attention of the Broncos coaches and he has carved himself out a roster spot.
However, I think it may have cost Corey Nelson his spot on the Broncos roster. Zaire Anderson continues to be a playmaking tackling machine and likely the third inside linebacker, and Watson can play both outside and inside. That versatility should make this is an easy decision for the Broncos coaches.
4. Roster cuts are near
With the third preseason game in the book, this means that roster cuts are just around the corner, and we could see two surprise veteran cuts happening very soon.
Spoke to Britton Colquitt just now. He knew he wasn't going to play tonight. Broncos have asked him to restructure his contract.— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) August 28, 2016
If the Broncos are asking a veteran player like Britton Colquitt to take another pay cut AND have a rookie behind him who started the game last night, you are likely going to see him cut rather soon. Rookie Riley Dixon did an alright job last night and may have taken Colquitt's roster spot. This move would free up some cap space for the Broncos.
Another name who seems likely leaving Denver is veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez. He didn't play at all last night and if he is not backup worthy, he is not really worth much to the Broncos.
Broncos' QB Mark Sanchez didn't play at all tonight. If Broncos decide not to keep him, they save $4.5 million and a 7th-round pick.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 28, 2016
I may not agree with it, but I see the Broncos moving on from the veteran and sticking with the two inexperienced quarterbacks and adding another to be the third string/Practice Squad quarterback.
5. Von Miller is in mid-season form
Some were concerned that Von Miller would struggle some early on after missing the entire offseason program and only fully participating in a week or so of Training Camp, but no need to worry. Von looked to be in midseason form last night.
Von looked explosive off the edge like the normally doesn, was consistently getting after Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum during the game. He had one sack and a couple other near sacks during last night's game.
Von Miller is poised to have a great year this year. If he can stay healthy, I see a 17+ sack season for the Super Bowl 50 MVP. With the offense looking the way it is, the Broncos may need this type of performance from their face of the Franchise.