True to his word, Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak started former Northwestern quarterback Trevor Siemian in Saturday’s preseason game against the 49ers.
The night got off to a fantastic start for the second-year QB, who finished the first quarter 10 of 11 through the air for 75 yards and led the Broncos on an 86-yard scoring drive for a 7-0 lead.
The second quarter didn’t go as well. Sieman’s first throw of the period, intended for Demaryius Thomas, was picked off by Eric Reid and returned 42 yards for a San Francisco touchdown.
Still, Siemian’s state line — 10 of 14, 74 yards — shouldn’t hurt his chances of earning the starting job. His competitor, Mark Sanchez, also finished the first half 10 of 14 for 120 yards. He also fumbled twice in the final minute of the second quarter.
— NFL (@NFL) August 21, 2016
Kubiak said Thursday he would like to make a decision after the game against the 49ers. Regardless of how things turn out, the fact Siemian is competing for the starting job of the defending Super Bowl champions is something few if any could have seen coming a few months ago.
But really, NFL story of the week (and maybe of all camp) is Trevor Siemian having a real chance to succeed Peyton Manning in Denver. Wild.
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) August 18, 2016
In his career with the Wildcats (2011-14), Siemian completed 550 of 943 passes for 5,931 yards, 27 TDs and 24 INTs. He was drafted in the seventh round (250th overall) by the Broncos in 2015.