The Denver Broncos are on a mission to pull out of their two-game losing streak. In order to do that, however, the team needs stability at quarterback.
When the 2016 season began, nobody would have characterized Denver's quarterback group as being experienced. The starter — a second-year, former seventh round pick. And the backup, a rookie first-rounder.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1719434-go-premium-sports-illustr... But Trevor Siemian exceeded expectations, leading the Broncos to victories in each of his first four starts. But in that fourth start, he injured the AC joint in his non-throwing shoulder (left) at Tampa Bay.
The rookie Paxton Lynch would start the next week vs. Atlanta and the Broncos were subsequently handed their first loss of the season. Many fans believed that all would be well if Siemian could get back into the starting lineup.
Siemian played through pain to start Denver's Week 6 Divisional road game vs. San Diego. Without their head coach, Denver ill-advisedly threw the ball 50 times. After a few days of studying the film, Gary Kubiak could see a flaw in Siemian's delivery.
"Obviously last week when he played in the game he was still sore," Kubiak said Thursday. "To me watching him turn a few balls loose, he didn’t rotate the way he normally does."
Siemian played scared in Week 6, clearly not completely trusting his wind-up to throw. Even though the injury was to his non-throwing shoulder, it likely caused him pain to wind up and torque his body 50 times.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1719132-is-denver-taking-losing-s... He was off target. He was predictable and he didn't challenge the defense downfield. Siemian and the Broncos really needed that 11-day break between games — a mini-bye — to rest up.
Time heals all wounds and according to Kubiak, Siemian has looked more comfortable throwing the ball during this week of practice.
“I think he’s been much better," Kubiak said. "He’s had some good time on his hands now. It’s been a week now since that game, so you can see a difference. We knew it was going to take a little time for him to get back to himself. He looks like himself.”
Siemian agrees with his head coach that he's made a lot of progress since Week 6's loss.
“I feel good," Siemian said Thursday. "I feel like I’ve made some strides over the past few days. It’s been good to get some time off, too. I’m getting better every day.”
With Brock Osweiler and the 4-2 Houston Texans coming to town on Monday night, the Broncos need the version of Trevor Siemian that took down Carolina at home and Cincinnati on the road earlier this season.
Monday night's game will mark just the third time in history that two quarterbacks drafted by the Broncos will square off with one another as starters.
Osweiler was a Denver 2012 second round pick. Siemian, a 2015 seventh-rounder. The Broncos quarterback has won the previous two games wherein this rare QB phenomena has occurred.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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