State of the 2016 Denver Broncos: Quarterbacks

Mile High Huddle brings you the "State of the Broncos" series, which will take a look at the roster by position. Join Analyst Khalid Alshami to take a look at the quarterback position.

To say the Denver Broncos have had a turbulent offseason would be an understatement. The team lost stalwarts on defense Malik JacksonDanny Trevathan and David Bruton, in addition to their top two quarterbacks when Peyton Manning retired and Brock "Brent" Osweiler signed with the Houston Texans in the same week.

The first step in filling the gaping holes left in the roster was trading a conditional seventh round draft pick in the 2017 NFL Draft for Philadelphia Eagles QB Mark Sanchez. After flirtations with conceivably every available QB in the league, John Elway was able to pull off a trade, moving up in the first round to the 26th pick to select Memphis gunslinger Paxton Lynch. The Broncos now enter camp with Sanchez and Lynch at the quarterback position with second-year player Trevor Siemian rounding out the group.

Projected Depth Chart

First String: Mark Sanchez

Second String: Trevor Siemian

Third String: Paxton Lynch

The Broncos enter training camp with Mark Sanchez as the starter after taking the majority of first team reps during mini-camp. The starter's job is up for grabs, but realistically this is a two-horse race between Sanchez and... Lynch. That may surprise you, but it is reality.

Siemian, for as much as the coaching staff has done to talk him up, is not a realistic option to start for the Broncos at this point. He has looked better during the organized team activities, but much of the talk is meant to push Sanchez and Lynch.

If Siemian carries his OTAs performance into training camp when he starts seeing live blitzes and the pads come on, he could be considered an option to unseat Sanchez.

This situation reminds me of when the Broncos entered camp with Kyle OrtonBrady Quinn and Tim Tebow as their QBs. The team traded for Quinn and he was the second string QB all season, but was never viewed as a realistic option to start. When it came down to it, Orton was the starter and Tebow replaced him when he was ineffective.

Ideally, Lynch shows enough progress to take the starter's job from Sanchez, but at this point that looks like a stretch. The Broncos have been trying to 'microwave' the rookies learning curve, but all signs point to him being prepared to start at some point during the season, but not at the beginning.

For the Broncos, if the team is able to get average quarterback play from any of the three options, it would represent a huge improvement from their Super Bowl winning team.

Free Agent Options

Ryan Fitzpatrick is still available, although his fit in head coach Gary Kubiak's system is questionable and at this point, his ability to pick up the playbook would set him back. 

T.J. Yates is also available and could serve as an addition should the Broncos encounter any unexpected injuries, as a former Kubiak draft pick.

Outside of those, the free agent market is fairly barren. Any addition at the position would likely come after roster cut downs and be limited to players with experience in the West Coast offense.

One name to keep an eye on is Matt Schaub who is currently with the Atlanta Falcons. Schaub had his best years playing for Kubiak and would be ideal to help mentor Lynch.

Next up: Running Backs

Khalid Alshami is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @KhalidHAlshami. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook

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