Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak announced to the team Monday that Trevor Siemian has won the starting quarterback job for now, at least. Siemian has been competing against veteran Mark Sanchez and rookie Paxton Lynch for the starting role.
Replacing a future Hall of Famer like Peyton Manning is a tall order for any young quarterback, and based on Siemian’s preseason performance, fans Josh Bynes Jersey may want to temper expectations. In Week 3 of the preseason against the Rams, it became clear that Siemian was the team’s best option under center despite a bit of an up-and-down performance. Siemian completed 10 of 17 passes against the Rams for 122 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
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Following the game, Kubiak praised Siemian’s demeanor, which surely contributed to the team’s decision.
“I think he’s very calm,” the head coach said. “I can tell by the way he handles the team in the huddle. He has control of what’s going on.”
Siemian and Sanchez were considered “neck and neck” by Kubiak through OTAs, but their respective preseason performances established Siemian as the leader in the quarterback competition. In two preseason games, Sanchez had 219 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception, but in Week 2 against the 49ers, he was sacked three times and fumbled the ball twice in a 45-second span.
After playing out 2012 on the franchise tag, Goldson left to pursue a big-money contract, signing with the Buccaneers for five years and $41.25 million. However, his play quickly tapered off and his aggressive style caught up to him, as he served a one-game suspension in 2013 for a hit on Roddy White. The Buccaneers traded him to Washington in the spring of 2015, but the new environment didn’t help Goldson, who continued being a major liability on defense. Washington released him shortly before free agency this spring, saving $8 million on its salary cap.