Today will be most important practice the 2017 Denver Broncos will have to this date. We will see a controlled scrimmage between the Broncos first, second, and third team offenses and defenses. This will be the closest to game action we will get before the Broncos head to Chicago next week for their first preseason game.
When asked how heavily the Broncos scrimmage and preseason will weigh into evaluations of their roster, Head Coach Vance Joseph said it will be “huge”.
“It’s going to be huge. When you say scrimmage, when you say game, that’s a huge evaluation. Guys react differently when there are more stakes on the line. I want to see guys go out there and put their best foot forward when the lights are on. This a controlled environment. Some guys can shine here and not be as good on game day. The games are huge in the evaluation process.”
Obviously the quarterback’s will be the center of attention during this scrimmage. After having two consistent days for the Broncos, quarterback Trevor Siemian may have taken a slight lead in this quarterback battle, but if he slips up at all during the next few days, Paxton Lynch isn’t too far behind him.
13 has clearly been more consistent than 12 this week. Few more days of this & could pull away. But if it's murky 12 has edge @OrangeBlue760— Tyler Polumbus (@Tyler_Polumbus) August 5, 2017
Siemian will need to continue being consistent, accurate, and smooth out there for the Broncos. If so, he will start pulling away from Paxton Lynch. Now if Siemian struggles in front of the coaches in their first real game action, it will kill all the momentum he gained on Thursday and Friday.
As for Paxton Lynch, he needs to become more consistent, cut down on the batted passes, and cut down on the turnovers. He flashed some very good and some very bad. It will be interesting to see how he reacts when the “lights come on” as Joseph put it today. A strong performance will put him right back into this race. A poor showing will be rather detrimental to his odds of winning the starting job.
The offensive and defensive line will also be units to watch. Both struggled a bit in 2016 and have seen some major additions to them, so it will be interesting to see how they play out.
Joseph did name his starting five offensive lineman for today’s scrimmage and it included first-round pick Garett Bolles.
“The first five would be [T Garett] Bolles starting at left tackle. The left guard will be [G] Max [Garcia], McGovern will go center—[C] Matt [Paradis] probably won’t play tomorrow. The right guard will probably be [G] Billy [Turner]. Leary’s groin is still a little tender. The right tackle will be [T] Menelik [Watson].”
This will be a rather important practice before the Broncos have Sunday off and starting preparing for their first preseason game of the year. Hopefully all do well and everyone comes out healthy.
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