Trevor Siemian has been confirmed as the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback for 2017.
The decision came after months of debate, opinion and analysis as Siemian battled 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch for the job through training camp and preseason.
After Saturday’s preseason victory against the San Francisco 49ers, Siemian – who was 8-6 as the Broncos’ starter in 2016 – believed he had done enough to win the job.
“I think so. I’m not the coach, but I think so,” Siemian said.
Head Coach Vance Joseph confirmed Siemian will lead the Broncos for a second season on Monday in a press conference at Dove Valley.
“After a long battle, we’ve decided to go with Trevor Siemian as our quarterback”, Joseph said.
“It’s a permanent decision. As for as Trevor being our guy, he’s our guy. He was the clear-cut winner.
“Decision-making and ball placement was more consistent with Trevor. That’s why he won the job.”
Vance on Trevor: “It’s a permanent decision. As for as Trevor being our guy, he’s our guy.” #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 21, 2017
Lynch, whom many believed would have a chance of starting for the team, will have to settle for a backup role for a second season.
In an overly honest press conference, Joseph admitted that Lynch isn’t ready to be the Broncos’ starting quarterback.
“He was disappointed but he understood,” Joseph said. “He will support Trevor. He knows he’s one play from playing.
“Some guys need more time. In a year or two he may be ready to take over the reins, but right now he’s not.
“We’re all going to support Paxton moving forward. He’s a young player who’s got a bright future still”.
Joseph, on Paxton Lynch: “Some guys need more time. In a year or two he may be ready to take over the reins, but right now he’s not.”
— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 21, 2017
Perhaps a sign of how much the quarterback battle has weighed him down during preseason, Joseph also announced that the Broncos will carry just two QBs for the season.
Kyle Sloter, the undrafted rookie out of Northern Colorado who impressed throughout training camp and preseason, will be cut at the end of preaseason, but the Broncos hope he can clear waivers.
Given the Broncos gifted teams two weeks to evaluate Sloter, the chance of him clearing waivers and returning to the Broncos practice squad could be slim.
Chad Kelly, drafted out of Ole Miss with the final pick of the 2017 draft, remains injured and is likely to remain on the non-football injury list.
It is time to move forward and now look to the third preseason game. The Broncos play Green Bay on Saturday. Stick with Broncos Europe for coverage.
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