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.