Excitement was in the air at Dove Valley this morning. After Friday’s impressive performance from Paxton Lynch and the bounce back from Trevor Siemian on Saturday, there was a profound sense of optimism going into the fourth day of Broncos training camp.
This new day saw the introduction of pads for the first time in 2017 and it was telling – a record crowd attended, with over 6,161 fans turning up to see the Broncos train.
With a battle underway to determine the starting quarterback in head coach Vance Joseph’s first year in charge, both Siemian and Lynch struggled throughout the day, as the defense dominated proceedings.
The third day of action was a positive one for Siemian. Today, he started the session with the second team offense. One positive moment was when the third-year QB threw the ball to Demaryius Thomas when the players participated in 7-on-7 drills. Analysts were impressed.
He also completed an impressive pass to full-back Andy Janovich, which resulted in a first down. However, Siemian found the day tough overall. He missed what would have been the longest play of the day – a pass to Emmanuel Sanders.
Towards the very end of the session, he struggled, and was intercepted right at the end by Lorenzo Doss, who looks set to cement his place as the fourth corner on the 53-man roster.
The second-year QB had his best day on Friday, with acclaim from analysts in attendance. On day four, Lynch opened up the day with the starting offense roster and struggled during the session. One positive point was his completion to tight end Jeff Heuerman when the players participated in 7-on-7 drills. It was an excellent completion.
However, Lynch was intercepted by Bradley Roby towards the goal-line, which would have been returned for a touchdown. He was also intercepted by Doss towards the end of the fourth training session.
What did Vance Joseph think of the QB struggles?
“Did I like what I saw? Not really,” Joseph said. “Both guys had issues today. I didn’t like what I saw today, honestly. They both struggled today…It’s NFL football.
“Make your reads. We have good receivers. They can win against anybody. When you say that, it’s not about the overall secondary, it’s about the matchup. (Demaryius Thomas) and (Emmanuel Sanders) can win. So find them and throw the ball to them…It’s not going to be based on a one-day evaluation.
“It’s been pretty good. It wasn’t very good today, and it was both guys. So I’m OK.”
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