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Trevor Siemian starts third preseason game for Denver Broncos, plays entire first half

by Max Gelman 0 Comments
Trevor Siemian starts third preseason game for Denver Broncos, plays entire first half
(Daily file photo by Nathan Richards)

Ex-Wildcat Trevor Siemian started the Denver Broncos’ third preseason game Saturday night, solidifying his chances to begin the regular season as the team’s No. 1 quarterback.

Siemian started in front of rookie Paxton Lynch and veteran Mark Sanchez in the dress rehearsal, completing 10-of-17 passes with 122 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception. Lynch took over after halftime with the Broncos leading 10-9.

The Broncos’ Week 1 starter against the Carolina Panthers will be announced at a later date, but coach Gary Kubiak said earlier this week he would make a decision sometime after Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Denver began with a heavy run attack Saturday, as Siemian did not attempt a pass through Denver’s first two drives — both three-and-outs. Later in the second quarter Siemian got into a bit of a groove, hitting his targets consistently, but threw the interception on about a 30 yard pass by the front corner of the endzone, killing the drive’s momentum.

However, on the very next drive, Siemian completed all four of his passes to lead the Broncos down the field on a 67-yard scoring drive, capping it off with a one-yard TD pass to tight end Virgil Green. Denver went ahead 7-6 at the time.

Over the course of his Northwestern career, Siemian threw for 5,931 yards, fourth-most in NU history, in addition to 27 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. After relieving Sanchez in the Broncos’ preseason opener, Siemian started last week’s game and went 10-for-14 with 75 passing yards and one interception in four drives. Siemian had been announced as Saturday’s starter earlier this week, but Kubiak did not decide on the order behind him until shortly before the game.

Siemian was drafted by the Broncos in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft (No. 250 overall) and played one snap — a kneel-down to close out the first half against Pittsburgh on Dec. 20 — during Denver’s Super Bowl run last season. After Peyton Manning retired and Brock Osweiler signed with the Houston Texans, the Broncos traded for Sanchez and drafted Lynch to compete with Siemian for the 2016 starting job.

Watch below to see Touchdown Trevor’s touchdown pass:

Trevor Siemian to start Broncos’ next preseason game, Week 1 role unclear

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Trevor Siemian to start Broncos’ next preseason game, Week 1 role unclear
(Daily file photo by Nathan Richards)

After earning the start in the Broncos’ second preseason game last Saturday, Trevor Siemian will begin Denver’s next preseason game under center, coach Gary Kubiak said Thursday.

Kubiak added that all three QBs on Denver’s roster — Siemian, Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch — will see playing time in Saturday’s upcoming contest against the Los Angeles Rams. It remains to be seen who will start the Broncos’ season opener against the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 8, but Kubiak said he will make a decision next week.

Siemian is also dealing with a sore shoulder, according to a report from the Denver Post.

In four drives against the San Francisco 49ers, Siemian completed 10-of-14 passes for 75 yards and also threw an interception, which the 49ers returned for a touchdown.

This post was updated at 2:43 p.m. with additional information.

Trevor Siemian starts Denver Broncos’ second preseason game

by Max Gelman 0 Comments
Trevor Siemian starts Denver Broncos’ second preseason game
(Daily file photo by Brian Lee)

As the 2016 NFL season inches nearer, Trevor Siemian finds himself closer to a starting job.

The ex-Wildcat QB earned the start in the Denver Broncos’ second preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, leading the first-team offense for a little over one quarter. In four drives, Siemian went 10-for-14 with 75 passing yards and one interception.

Siemian’s first drive resulted in a 19-yard touchdown run by running back C.J. Anderson after the QB went 5-for-6 with 55 passing yards, his best drive of the night. At the beginning of the second quarter, Siemian was picked off by 49er defensive back Eric Reid who returned the ball for a touchdown.

“Co-starter” Mark Sanchez took over with 11:13 left in the second quarter and San Francisco leading 14-7.

Over the course of his Northwestern career, Siemian threw for 5,931 yards, fourth-most in NU history, in addition to 27 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. In Denver’s preseason opener against the Chicago Bears last week, Siemian relieved Sanchez, going 7-for-12 with 88 passing yards. Rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch came in afterwards with the backups, going 6-for-7 with 74 passing yards.

Siemian was drafted by the Broncos in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft (No. 250 overall) and played one snap — a kneel-down to close out the first half against Pittsburgh on Dec. 20 — during Denver’s Super Bowl run last season. After Peyton Manning retired and Brock Osweiler signed with the Houston Texans, the Broncos traded for Sanchez and drafted Lynch to compete with Siemian for the 2016 starting job.

Ex-Wildcat QB Trevor Siemian named Denver Broncos’ “co-starter”

Ex-Wildcat QB Trevor Siemian named Denver Broncos’ “co-starter”
(Daily file photo by Nathan Richards)

A former Northwestern quarterback has (sort of) locked down an NFL starting job heading into the preseason.

Ex-Wildcat Trevor Siemian, who played QB for NU from 2010-2014, has been named “co-starter” for the Denver Broncos, according to the team’s first depth chart. Siemian shares the starting job with former New York Jets quarterback and 2009 No. 6 overall draft pick Mark Sanchez.

In his Cats career, Siemian threw for 5,931 yards, fourth-most in NU history, in addition to 27 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Broncos and spent almost all of his rookie season on the bench, though he did play one snap in 2015 — a kneel-down to close out the first half in Denver’s Dec. 20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers the Super Bowl in February and, following the retirement of Peyton Manning and departure of Brock Osweiler in free agency, have been searching for a quarterback. Denver traded for Sanchez in March and drafted ex-Memphis QB Paxton Lynch in the first round of April’s draft (26th overall) but so far no one has run away with the job.

Sanchez started his NFL career with the Jets, tagging along at QB as coach Rex Ryan’s defense led them to two straight AFC Conference Championship appearances. He underwent shoulder surgery during the 2013 season and, after being released following that season, spent the last two years as the Philadelphia Eagles’ backup.

At Memphis, Lynch passed for 8,865 yards over three seasons, tossing 59 touchdowns against 23 interceptions. In 2015, his 28:4 TD:INT ratio helped boost his draft stock and was the third quarterback taken, following Cal’s Jared Goff by the Los Angeles Rams and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz by the Eagles.

Denver begins its preseason schedule on Thursday against the Chicago Bears at 7 p.m.