The quarterback play for the Denver Broncos was well below average. Not much more can be said, so let us jump into the grades and analysis. The order of the quarterbacks represents the order in which I feel they currently are on the depth chart, with all three making the 53-man roster.
Mark Sanchez: 38.9
Sanchez was great, until a near interception and afterwards. He took risks as he attempted to move the ball downfield. There was a lot of pressure on Sanchez, as the offensive line ahead of him struggled mightily. Despite that, he was mostly calm, cool and collected.
He didn’t panic or rush his throws. His experience showed when he did take the check-downs as everyone downfield was covered. Then fate struck as the pressure got to him and while attempting to escape it, a defensive player managed to knock the ball free. That was followed up on the next possession with the right tackle getting beat horribly and his assignment knocking the ball free as Sanchez was in his wind up to let one rip.
After that you would hope to see a short-term memory from the quarterback—shrug it off and bounce back. Sanchez didn’t do that, but he didn’t get afraid to take chances. Of all quarterbacks, he looked the closest thing to a starter, despite the two fumbles.
Trevor Siemian: 24.9
“Sanchez had two turnovers and Siemian only had one. How can his grade be lower”?
Well, its simple. Siemian was more rattled after his turnover than Sanchez, and his play prior wasn’t all that it has been hyped up to be. Nine of Siemian’s 14 attempted passes came on quick comeback routes by the receivers and each time he would stare down the target.
The predictability is what lead to the pick-6 being thrown. After that, Siemian lost what little accuracy he had on his throws and looked scared. He was throwing far away from defenders, which also meant his receivers.
He got rattled and showed why he lost his starting job at Northwestern, why he was a seventh round pick, and why he is a backup at best. Siemian has one last shot to win the job in Game 3.
All pressure is on him. He can’t do what he did against the Niners, and must actually look to take some risk and not sit on the dink-and-dunk style of play. He especially can’t do that while leaving open receivers down the field.
Paxton Lynch: 71.9
The young rookie was easily the best quarterback of the bunch, but he still had a rough showing. His issues often stemmed from the extremely poor play of those big guys in front of him.
There were multiple occasions where Lynch could show off his size and strength when avoiding sacks because of the offensive line's inability to block. Lynch also showed that there are still serious issues with his touch and accuracy with the ball.
His arm strength is out of the park, but he tried to muscle it in there a few times, which is probably why he saw a good number of passes get dropped. Some touch will do him wonders in helping him move the ball. The rookie isn’t there yet, but he isn’t as far off as many make him out to be.
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