Day 10 of Denver Broncos Training Camp is in the books and we’re moving on to Chicago. Today the Broncos moved inside to the field house because of the weather and it was a better day for both quarterbacks. The first depth chart was released, Siemian starts against Bears while Lynch starts against the 49ers, Bolles is your starter at left tackle, injury notes, and more!
Today was a good day for both quarterbacks. Both were efficient, only had one turnover a piece, and both flashed at times today. A solid bounce back practice after having a scrimmage on Saturday that didn’t leave many all too excited about the quarterbacks
Simplest way to sum up #Broncos QB situation. Siemian will not win the job. Lynch will lose it. It was his job to lose.— Eric Goodman (@EricGoodman) August 7, 2017
We have reached the point of Training Camp where it appears that the coaches have learned everything they will from these Training Camp practices and are ready to see who will step up and take the job during the preseason.
The biggest thing we learned today is that Trevor Siemian will start against the Chicago Bears, which was expected, and that Paxton Lynch will start against the San Fransisco 49ers the following week.
“Absolutely. That’s been our deal. One day Trevor plays, the next day Paxton plays. In between practice day, they rotate drills. The following week versus San Francisco, Paxton will start.”
Now that Siemian is getting the first start does not mean that he is in the lead for the Broncos starting job. Head Coach Vance Joseph shut that down by saying no multiple times. Broncos PR cleaned this up a bit, but here’s what Joseph had to say on why Siemian is getting the first nod
“It’s going to be [QB] Trevor [Siemian]. It will be Trevor first. He’s been first out all spring and all training camp. I think Trevor has earned that much, to be the first guy out.”
So they’re just continuing to be consistent. Trevor started the spring with the first opportunity, he got it again in camp and again in the preseason.
My opinion: Siemian has to be clear winner, and he's lost sponsor in Kubiak. Close and Lynch wins as Elway invested a No. 1 in him https://t.co/3U117iiSof— Ed Werder (@EdwerderRFA) August 7, 2017
Thursday needs to hurry up so we can an idea on how this battle is swaying.
Bolles continues to be in lead for the starting left tackle job:
The Broncos released their first official depth chart of 2017 and rookie tackle Garett Bolles is listed as the starting left tackle.
Garett Bolles starting at left tackle for Broncos Thursday https://t.co/UH2ASAiRQM— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 7, 2017
He has been taking first-team reps at left tackle since the beginning of camp and really never looked back. He has continued to split reps with veterans Ty Sambralio and Donald Stephenson, but he continues to be first up every day. Now he gets the start against the Chicago Bears.
Vance Joseph said that Bolles earned this opportunity.
“We’ve watched the spring. We watched the first two weeks of training camp and he’s played well. In my opinion, he’s earned the right to start the game. With that being said, we’re still competing there with [T] Donald [Stephenson] and [T] Ty [Sambrailo]. He’s played well enough to start the game on Thursday.”
Bolles said getting this start in the first preseason game doesn’t faze him all that much right now.
“I have four preseason games to earn my spot, so I’m just going to continue to work hard every single day. I have [OL] Ty Sambrailo and (T Donald Stephenson) Don pushing me every single day. Until it’s official on Week 1, then that doesn’t faze me. I continue to work every single day.”
Bolles is likely your week one starter at left tackle so it will be exciting to see how he does against the Chicago Bears pass rushers on Thursday night.
- T.J. Ward sat out practice with a shoulder injury but it’s not considered serious
- Right tackle Menelik Watson sat out another practice on Monday with a hip issue
- Linebacker Todd Davis sat out with a shoulder issue that is not considered serious either.
- Running back Bernard Piece has missed most of camp with a hamstring injury. His chances to make the team are very low.
Vance Joseph on the battle between cornerback Lorenzo Doss and rookie corner Brendan Langley:
“I would say this about the depth chart, it’s a starting point. Those two guys are competing for that fourth corner spot which is a big deal for our football team. They’re one snap from being a starter on sub. What went into that were the spring drills and the training camp practices thus far. That’s what’s determined that he’s (Langley) ahead of him (Doss) right now, but Doss has played well. He’s (Doss) made a lot of plays and Langley has a long way to go as far as learning what to do as an NFL corner. It’s open. The depth chart was a must. I had to put someone there (laughing). Whoever I would’ve had put there, it would have been questioned. It’s just part of the process. The final depth chart will be out versus the Chargers. That’s the one that really matters. The rest, it’s a depth chart. Somebody has to go first, second and third.”
Vance Joseph on Cody Latimer competing for the kick return and third receiver job:
“He’s responded positively. He’s worked hard as a gunner first of all. He can be an All-Pro gunner. He’s so big and fast. That’s a huge deal to have two receivers, with Latimer and [WR Bennie] Fowler, as dominant special teams players. That’s rare. As a third receiver, he’s competing. Again, if we’re in three receivers, who’s the starter? If we’re in four receiver sets, which we are going to be, who’s the starter? We’re going to have a five receiver set, who’s the starter? Those guys all have their role and who plays where, that’ll happen in the future.”
Rookie Garett Bolles on what he has learned from Von Miller:
“I learn every single day. Von is the best player in the world for a reason. Above all he does, he teaches me every single day. I go and watch film and I learn. Even from the plays that he beats me or other things like keeping my shoulders square or keeping my toes pointing forward, or the things I do right, we battle. It’s a win-win for both of us. But every day, we go in the locker room and we talk about how practice went to the day. We’re good friends for a reason. It just makes me a better player every single day.”
Ronald Leary on the physicality of the offensive line:
“I definitely see it. That’s just something that will come more with the confidence we gain in each other, our game and the playbook. Once we really get the playbook down 100 percent, we can play a lot faster. When you play faster, you’re a better player. We been making progress in that direction. I don’t think anyone is satisfied and we’re just going to keep working.”