Quarterback Trevor Siemian was off to a hot start in his first drive against the San Francisco 49ers last Saturday night. For the entire first quarter, it looked like he had all but locked up the starting job. Not so fast.
On a 2nd-and-long, Siemian threw a comeback route to Demaryius Thomas against a quarters defense and immediately regretted it when safety Eric Reid jumped the route and took the ball back 42 yards the other way. Siemian wasn't the same on the next drive, looking gun-shy and shellshocked.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p...Regardless, Head Coach Gary Kubiak is going to stick with the Northwestern kid when the Denver Broncos take on the Los Angeles Rams at home on Saturday. The quarterback race is still ongoing, but it's an incredibly telling vote of confidence to declare Siemian the starter of the "dress rehearsal" game this early in the week.
As for his backup, there's been no clear-cut answer. Mark Sanchez struggled plenty against the 49ers, fumbling twice deep in Niner territory. Rookie Paxton Lynch looked far from polished, but he flashed his otherworldly talent on a number of scrambles and laser throws.
There's plenty of things Siemian will have to show his coaching staff in order to convince them he's their guy come September. First of all, and most obviously, he needs to protect the football. If he can manage that, he'll be in good shape. He also will need to dispel the notion that he's King of the Checkdown. Those two goals may conflict with each other to some extent, but it's a part of the balancing act that is being an NFL quarterback.
As for the Week 1 starter against the Carolina Panthers, Kubiak has indicated that a decision will come next week.
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Will Keys is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.