When the Denver Broncos host the Houston Texans in Week 7 in front of a national audience, the game will mark just the third time in history that two quarterbacks drafted by the Broncos will square off with one another as starters.
Brock Osweiler was selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Broncos. He backed up Peyton Manning for three and a half years, before finally getting a shot to start in 2015 — his contract year — when Manning went down with a plantar fascia injury.
Trevor Siemian was a 2015 seventh round selection by Denver. Most analysts didn't even think he'd make the Broncos 53-man roster, especially considering he was coming off of an ACL tear suffered in his final year Northwestern.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1719480-kubiak-siemian-has-looked... Now, these two former Broncos draft picks will face off as adversaries on Monday Night Football, even though they are friends and try to stay in touch.
“I talked to him [Brock] I think real early in the season the last time I talked to him," Siemian said Thursday. "He’s been pretty busy and I’ve been trying to stay busy, too. He’s a good dude.”
In the last two instances where two former signal-callers drafted by the Broncos faced off, the Denver quarterback has won. Osweiler is hoping the third time's the charm.
Osweiler wasn't exactly a proven veteran during Siemian's rookie campaign, but he did have several years in the league under his belt, albeit in a backup role. When Manning went down, and the starter's mantle passed to Osweiler, Siemian moved up the depth chart to QB2.
Although Siemian clearly leans toward Manning as being his pro QB mentor, believe it or not, Siemian gleaned a few things from backing up Osweiler as a rookie.
“I learned a ton from Peyton obviously," Siemian said. "But, I learned a ton from Brock as well in the situation that he was in. Brock is a good friend and I wish him really well.”
What exactly did he learn from the 6-foot-8 Osweiler?
“I think just taking over that situation more than anything and kind of adapting to the locker room," Siemian said. "When Peyton wasn’t playing, it was really cool to see how he handled everything. I just thought he was a pro for sure and guys respected him in the locker room.”
Osweiler's decision to defect in free agency to Houston surprised many of his teammates and shocked the fanbase. Siemian, however, was nonplussed.
“I wasn’t really surprised," Siemian said. "You go into the offseason, you’re ready for anything that happens. That was my mindset. But it would be tough for me to say I was surprised. It seems like forever ago at this point.”
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1719536-osweiler-recounts-departu... That it does. A lot has happened since March. Osweiler is many millions of dollars richer and Siemian is the starting quarterback for the defending World Champions. A year ago, who would have thunk it?
Both teams are 4-2 and have aspirations for contending down the stretch for Conference playoff seeding. This game could be vitally important to the AFC playoff picture late in the season, when the dust settles.
Who will come out on top? The unlikely seventh-rounder? Or the highly-paid maverick? We'll know soon enough.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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