Kyle Sloter is suddenly everyone’s favorite backup quarterback for the Denver Broncos. But is he even going to make the team? That’s a question Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro from The Afternoon Drive discussed on Monday.
Frankly, I think he will make the team, but will ultimately end up on the teams practice squad as he won’t overtake Paxton Lynch on the depth chart once Lynch is healthy again.
Sloter did meet with the media on Monday and he comes off as a cool, composed guy who understands his situation and is trying to make the best of it.
“It’s a great opportunity to get out there, get reps, try to get more comfortable within the offense and try to see things more clearly from a full speed perspective,” Sloter said of starting in the final preseason game. “I’m just going to go out there and give my best and try to put my team in a position to win.”
When asked if he could make the 53-man roster, Sloter again approached things with a practical mindset saying, “I think that’s a possibility, but that’s not within my control. That’s up to them—my job is just to go out there and do the best that I can, and I’m really just playing, like they say, for a job.”
Playing the entire game will give Sloter a chance to prove to this coaching staff that he has progressed enough as a rookie to be thought of as more than just a ‘camp arm’. If not, it is also his opportunity to show other teams he has something to offer. His focus remains on the Denver Broncos, however.
As he has progressed through the preseason, Sloter has gain confidence in his game and in this offense.
“I think I’m seeing everything a little bit more clearly,” Sloter said of his progression. “I think the game is slowing down a little bit for me. I made some mistakes in the last game and I wasn’t perfect by any means, but for the most part everything I was seeing was slower. That was important. I didn’t quite have the reps [in practice] to get on the same page probably with my teammates last week. It’s a good opportunity to go out there and continue to get better this next week.”
This upcoming game is his golden opportunity to make a lasting impression on Head Coach Vance Joseph and General Manager John Elway.
The only question left now is whether or not he can do enough on Thursday to secure that 53-man roster spot while Lynch heals from a shoulder injury.
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