Per Mike Klis of 9News, the NFL reached out to the Denver Broncos young quarterback, Trevor Siemian, inviting him to this year’s Pro Bowl as an alternate. With this turn of events, Siemian's unlikely pro career continues to trend upward.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p... Fresh off of surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, Siemian was unable to accept, giving way to Cincinnati's QB Andy Dalton to fill the empty spot. Adding even more fuel to the fire of who will line up under center next season, just the idea of Siemian being asked to be in the NFL's All-Star game is a tremendous honor.
"When I first heard about it, I thought they must know I'm originally from Orlando and it would be easy to plug me in for the game,'' Siemian said via Klis. "But obviously, it was really cool and a huge honor. It would have been cool to play with everyone I respect, especially our own guys who are going to be there. It was still an awesome honor.''
Only diehard fans were aware of Siemian’s place on the roster at the start of the 2016 season. With the retirement of Peyton Manning and the departure of Brock Osweiler for Houston, the starter’s job was expected to be manned by Mark Sanchez, who in turn, could keep the seat warm for rookie first-rounder Paxton Lynch, with the thought that Lynch would be developed enough to start next season.
In the midst of cries for the prized rookie to get on the field and the uneven play of Sanchez, Siemian out-performed both during camp, throwing a curveball into the plans of the Denver coaching staff. Despite the best-intentioned efforts of many in the organization, Siemian earned the starting job after the third preseason game, sending Sanchez to the unemployment line soon after.
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For the season, Siemian threw for 18 touchdowns to go along with 10 interceptions and 3,401 passing yards.
News of his Pro Bowl invitation coincides with ESPN NFL analyst Tim Hasselbeck's recent analysis of Siemain. Joining 104.3 The Fan’s Schlereth and Evans Monday, Hasselbeck had nice words for the first-time starter, saying that he saw enough out of Siemian this year for the Broncos to be comfortable starting him going into next year, as well.
“I’m just telling you, right now for me, I would feel more confident in Trevor Siemian as the starter next year in terms of paying winning football that I would Paxton Lynch,” Hasselbeck said.
The quarterback soap opera rages on in the Mile High City. For even the most ardent of Siemian doubters, the Pro Bowl news should serve as reminder of the quality of player Siemian is. The enormous burden of following one of the greatest to ever play the game had the possibility of overwhelming even the most seasoned of players.
All Siemian did in his first year as the starter was post a winning record (8-6) in his starts and earn the respect of his fellow players along the way.
The quarterback spot breeds contention for any player not named Elway or Manning. There’s never a dull moment during the offseason and with the news of Siemian earing a Pro Bowl invitation, it only figures to get more interesting.
Adam Uribes is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @auribes37.
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