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Broncos backup quarterback ranked third best in NFL; whoever it may be

Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch? Sports Illustrated doesn’t care. Whoever ends up being the backup will be the third best backup in the NFL.

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Who will be the Denver Broncos backup quarterback? It doesn’t matter. The choice between 1a and 1b will be slight, so whoever the starter ends up being will need to play well to keep their job.

Be it Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch, the eventual backup will be considered one of the best backup quarterbacks in the entire NFL, according to Sports Illustrated.

The NFL has enough trouble finding 32 quarterbacks competent enough to be entrusted with steering a team through an entire regular season; the idea that QBs No. 33-64 even approach the required skill level is fanciful at best. And yet, every season at least one team watches its fortunes swing on an untimely injury to the starting QB (see: Raiders, Oakland in 2016) and how the rest of the roster responds to the next man up. That constant threat of crisis is what makes the backup QB an endless source of intrigue, and that intrigue is what drives our third annual foray into evaluating which teams have the best backup QB situations.

1. Jimmy Garoppolo, Patriots

2. Matt Moore, Dolphins

3. Trevor Siemian/Paxton Lynch, Broncos

4. Colt McCoy, Redskins

5. Deshaun Watson, Texans

6. AJ McCarron, Bengals

I want to say this is great news, but at the same time having both quarterbacks listed kind of means the writer here doesn’t think either is a very good starting quarterback. Here’s to one of the two guys stepping up in a huge way and putting significant distance between themselves and “backup quarterback” talk.

So yay, I guess?