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.
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