Trevor Siemian is the Broncos’ season-opening starting quarterback, Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports.
Coach Gary Kubiak informed his players early Monday and the team announced shortly after that the second-year player out of Northwestern will take over where Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler left off.
While the decision seemed almost inevitable a week ago, when Kubiak appointed Siemian his starter for the second consecutive preseason game, it was unthinkable to most outsiders only six months ago, when Manning announced his retirement and Brock Osweiler bolted for Houston. The franchise that once had the most prolific offense in history and had just won the Super Bowl was suddenly without a starting quarterback, outside of this seventh-round draft pick who had only one regular-season snap in his career.
Mark Sanchez, veteran who once led the Jets to back-to-back AFC championship games but had played only 13 games in the last three years, was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia. At the price of $4.5 million and a conditional draft pick, Sanchez was an insurance policy with the potential of becoming more.
In March, Siemian was in the background, as just a guy, not a true contender. He didn’t fit the narrative or the ideal of starting NFL quarterback and surely, surely could not trump Sanchez’s experience or Lynch’s fan potential.
“(Trevor) knows this system and he’s a talented guy who throws the ball well, is a smart guy that’s competitive,” Elway said. “You never know. He’s got the tools to do it. That’s what’s great about an open competition, because it’ll come to a head.”
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