For the first time since 2011, the Denver Broncos will have an open competition at quarterback in training camp. The uncertainty of the QB situation will be a factor—and the Broncos must work to ensure it doesn't distract from their mission to repeat as Super Bowl Champions.
The guy in the driver's seat is veteran Mark Sanchez, whom GM John Elway acquired via trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. Second-year signal-caller Trevor Siemian is giving Sanchez a run for his money, though.
And then there's the rookie.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1688594-mhh-premium-how-you-can-s... The Broncos moved up in the first round of the Draft to select Paxton Lynch. There's no denying his talent. In fact, Lynch might be the most physically gifted QB in the 2016 Draft class.
But if he's to be a real threat at winning the starting job, he has to make a quantum leap on the mental side and master the technique of playing under center. That might be a little too much to ask for a guy who hasn't taken a snap under center since his sophomore year at Memphis.
In the NFL, stranger things have happened. Still, fans should temper their expectations of Lynch starting out of the gates for the Broncos in 2016. Sanchez is more than capable of running Gary Kubiak's brand of the West Coast Offense.
Sanchez was highly productive in the WCO in his collegiate career at USC and his first couple seasons in the NFL. He has big-game experience to boot, which the Broncos need if they hope to truly defend their Super Bowl title.
Siemian is the darkhorse. So far, he's impressed the coaching staff with his progress heading into his second season. If he can keep it up and shine during preseason action, he could be a real option to start.
But, for that to happen, Sanchez would have to crash and burn. Defensive tackle Sylvester Williams let slip last week that Kubiak had already let the locker room know that he was "going with Sanchez" as the No. 1 QB heading into camp.
Denver's rookies reported to camp Sunday and the vets will follow later in the week. Buckle up, Broncos fans, because its about to get really interesting—fast.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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