For the second-consecutive year, Trevor Siemian will have to fight in an open competition to win the starting quarterback job of the Denver Broncos. That effort began on Monday, as the Broncos kicked off their organized team activities at Dove Valley.
Heading into this week, there had been buzz that Siemian wouldn't quite be cleared to participate fully on the field, as he has been recovering from offseason surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. However, new head coach Vance Joseph dispelled that notion on Monday.
“Trevor is full-go,” Joseph said via Jake Marsing of the 5280 Sports Network. “He’s been cleared to be a participant in the offseason program so he’s ready to go. No issues.”
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1769505-decision-time-on-roby-s-5... Siemian will square off once again with 2016 first-rounder Paxton Lynch to determine who the Broncos starting quarterback will be in 2017. This time around, both signal-callers have a new set of eyes critiquing their every drop-back and throw.
One thing Joseph made clear, however, is that it will be a fair and open competition, with the two young players sharing snaps 50-50.
“It’s an open competition,” Joseph said. “We’ve got these two young guys that's got bright futures. It’s open. It’s going to go down to the wire, I hope. Right now, it’s a new system that’s going into place here with Mike McCoy, so it’s a fair, open competition and the best guy will play.”
Let the quarterback controversy begin once again. A QB competition is not ideal for any NFL team, but the Broncos — at least — have two viable, young guys, who haven't even come close to touching their respective ceilings as pros.
There are many NFL teams who envy Denver's quarterback situation and GM John Elway has maintained from the drop that the team is happy with both Siemian and Lynch. However, with such a significant investment in Lynch, the Broncos need to see a return as soon as possible.
But if between now and the end of August Lynch can't separate himself from Siemian in the competition, he won't deserve to be the starter. And if recent history has taught us anything about Trevor Siemian, it's that Paxton Lynch has an uphill battle ahead of him.
Siemian will not relinquish that job without a fight.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.