The Denver Broncos brought in Mark Sanchez via free agency and spent a first-round pick on Paxton Lynch to compete for its wide open starting quarterback job. But don’t rule out the long shot candidate.
The long shot being former Northwestern quarterback Trevor Siemian.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter verified that Siemian indeed has a legitimate chance at winning the starting job.
“The Trevor Siemian talk and chatter is real,” Schefter told Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio. He has a legitimate chance to win the job…the competition is real”
This would appear as an upset just based on draft position alone. Sanchez was taken fifth overall by the New York Jets in the 2009 NFL Draft. The Broncos traded up six spots to take Lynch with the 26th overall selection in this year’s draft. Siemian, on the other hand, was taken in the seventh round, 250th overall, in the 2015 draft.
Siemian was pretty much a project when he entered the NFL and his stats at Northwestern didn’t exactly reflect those of a potential NFL starter. He threw for 2,214 yards, seven touchdowns and 14 interceptions during his senior season with the Wildcats.
But clearly Siemian has shown Broncos coach Gary Kubiak enough to keep him in contention as training camp looms closer.
And really, why shouldn’t Siemian be in the mix? It’s uncertain where he stands from a developmental standpoint, but all Sanchez has over Siemian is experience, and that’s not exactly a great thing for the mercurial USC product. Lynch has greater potential entering the NFL, but potential doesn’t always lead to on-field success.
Perhaps 2016 could be Siemian’s time to shine. Either way, it appears the former Northwestern quarterback is going to get a shot.