When the Denver Broncos selected Paxton Lynch in the first round this past April, it looked like the battle for starting quarterback would be a two-man race between Lynch and Mark Sanchez.
Turns out it was a three-man race. And former Northwestern quarterback Trevor Siemian has won the starting job for Week 1 for the reigning Super Bowl champions, the team announced Monday.
Coach Kubiak informed the team this morning of its starting quarterback.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 29, 2016
Siemian was drafted with the 250th overall pick in the 2015 draft. He made his debut and only appearance his rookie season on Dec. 20 against Pittsburgh when he took a knee to close the first half.
So far this preseason, Siemian is 27 for 43 passing for 285 yards. He’s thrown one touchdown against two interceptions and has a 70.4 passer rating, the lowest among the three quarterbacks.
Siemian played 44 games at Northwestern but started just 14. He threw for 5,931 yards with 27 touchdowns and 24 interceptions to go with six rushing scores. Despite just 14 starts, his passing yardage and number of completions (550) were enough to rank fourth in school history.