If Trevor Siemian holds serve and is named the regular-season starter and if, after Saturday's game, the Broncos think they've seen enough from Paxton Lynch to make him the No. 2 quarterback, it's unclear what it would mean for Mark Sanchez. If he was the No. 3 and remained on the roster he would be the team's highest paid quarterback and a game-day inactive.
Sanchez is the highest paid of the three, counting $4.5 million against the cap. If the Broncos were to decide to release Sanchez because they believe Lynch could be the team's backup, the Broncos would take a $1 million dead money hit against their salary cap and would have to pay the $1 million that is fully guaranteed in Sanchez's contract. If the Broncos decide on a Siemian-Lynch depth chart, they could also try to trade the 29-year-old Sanchez. He is set to be an unrestricted free agent at season's end, so teams would only be taking on the last year of his current contract.
Conventional wisdom said all along that the Broncos starting quarterback job would come down to whoever made the fewest mistakes between Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian. Sanchez was the heavy favorite before the preseason, but two weeks in Siemian has probably pulled ahead, especially after some costly mistakes from Sanchez Saturday night.
Better not rule out rookie Paxton Lynch. Gary Kubiak confirmed as much Sunday, telling reporters Lynch has "always been in the mix" even though he's inherently behind because he's a rookie.
"He's always been in the mix," Kubiak said. "I just told you guys that he's behind the other two from a knowledge standpoint, but we've been out there competing every day. Everybody is in competition to play."
In his immediate postgame interview on television, Kubiak only referenced "two" different quarterbacks, appearing to indicate the starting gig would come down to Siemian and Sanchez. But once he got in front of the podium, Kubiak continued to reference three different players and said the guy who is best for the team will start at quarterback, the story said.
“It’s difficult playing like crap on two plays and ruining an opportunity. That’s difficult,” Sanchez said after the game.
Aside from those two fumbles, Sanchez didn’t play badly, completing 10 of 17 passes for 120 yards, with no interceptions.
As the story said, Trevor Siemian, who started at quarterback, didn’t have a great game, completing 10 of 14 passes for 75 yards, with no touchdowns and a pick-six. Siemian’s struggles may be good news for Sanchez, but it’s a bad sign for the Broncos that no one is emerging as the clear starter in Denver.
The Bronocs QB job is still up for grabs and if Gary Kubiak had been asked after Saturday morning's practice to pick one, he might well have circled none of the above as he offered; “I’m not real happy with practice.’’
Mark Sanchez got the start in the preseason opener against the Chicago Bears and finished his quarter of work 10-of-13 for 99 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Overall, Sanchez has moments when he looks like the guy who has started 72 career regular-season games and is the clear No. 1, but that’s when he stays on time in his progressions.
When he rushes things early in the play, gets impatient, or when the play gets extended, that’s when the majority of his mistakes have come because in those moments he has often forced things when he shouldn’t.
In recent practices he has had three interceptions returned for what would have been touchdowns in games – two by Bradley Roby in the past week and one by Lorenzo Doss in Saturday’s practice. If he doesn’t earn the job it will be that propensity to force the issue when he’s out of sync on the play that has cost him.
That's pretty much the book on Sanchez so we'll see if it can change. He can look great at times and awful at others. As the story said, Sanchez has to clean up his game. He has has averaged slightly more than an interception a game in his career, and Kubiak simply may not be willing to live with that ratio.
One of the biggest position battles of the offseason has been that of the Denver Broncos’ quarterback situation. Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch have been duking it out all summer, and while it hasn’t been completely sorted out just yet, we’re getting closer to finding out who will start in Week 1.
On Tuesday, the Broncos revealed that Mark Sanchez will be the starting quarterback Thursday when they take on the Chicago Bears in the preseason opener. Sanchez will play the first quarter with Siemian taking over in the second quarter. The second half will be owned by the rookie Lynch.
Broncos players said that they expected Sanchez to start the preseason opener, and they were right in that regard, the story said. This is obviously a positive sign for Sanchez’s chances of being under center in Week 1, but it’s far from a declaration by Kubiak.
On Wednesday, coach Gary Kubiak made it clear that he won’t know who the starter is for a while.
“I don’t think anybody has taken off and done anything,” Kubiak told reporters. “I think they’ve all done what they did in the off season. They all continue to do it. We’ll just going here. We’ll start playing some people and playing some games. We’re going to find out.”
Kubiak said Lynch was up and down and didn't practice well on Wednesday. Outside of that, Kubiak has really only said there's been good days and really good days but Wednesday wasn't as good in terms of all the QBs.
Broncos rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch was running behind Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian in the spring, but said when he reported to camp that he thinks he has a real chance to play early in his first NFL season.
“No. 12 is really, really stepping up,” Kubiak said. “He’s making some progress here.”
The story went on to say that Kubiak said after an early practice with the team’s rookies that he saw improvement in Lynch’s game from where it was immediately after they picked him in the first round and it appears the needle continues to point up for the rookie. The team’s website reports Lynch displayed “steady work and sound decision-making” in Monday’s practice, which was supported by Kubiak’s appraisal of Lynch’s work. Even if Mark Sanchez starts the season, his inconsistencies may eventually cost him his job which could open the door for Lynch. Right now, though, Lynch is also behind Trevor Siemian.
Emmanuel Sanders wants a new contract, that’s no secret. But the Broncos’ explosive receiver is performing at top-level and not holding anything back so far in training camp. Monday was his best day yet, he seemed to be on the back-end of nearly every touchdown pass.
Sanders beat cornerback Bradley Roby during seven-on-seven drills on a fade route for six on a perfectly placed pass from quarterback Mark Sanchez. The next session he caught Trevor Siemian’s best ball of the day in the back of the end zone. He immediately got up and high-fived the crowd pumping them up.
The story said he's making a case for a big contract extension, but we did report a few weeks ago it may not come with the Broncos, according to a writer who follows the team. Sanders finished the season as the #19 receiver in PPR (#18 in standard), and enjoyed the 14th-most targets at his position. He didn’t have good quarterback play last year, but this season could be worse given the Broncos’ situation at the position.
Kubiak said Wednesday that Sanchez will start with the first-team unit when training camp opens on Thursday, but noted that the rotation isn't written in stone. Kubiak added that reps will remain equal between Sanchez, Trevor Siemian and rookie Paxton Lynch.
"The bottom line is we're gonna give them equal reps," he said. "It's an open competition. We've laid out our plan of how we're gonna rep them and those types of things, so that we're getting an equal look at all of them. Tomorrow we line up. Mark's gonna go first, Trevor is gonna go second, Paxton is gonna go third. That will change on a day-to-day basis and how we do things. We just want to give them all an equal opportunity."
Kubiak said Sanchez and Siemian will likely split more first-team reps to start camp, but the Broncos want to ensure Lynch remains on a quick developmental path. It's probably not a good sign for Sanchez but he may still very well in the job. However, given his inconsistent play over the last few years with the Eagles, he's unlikely to keep it if Siemian and or Lynch show anything.
Broncos QB Mark Sanchez worked with the first team most often in the spring and has more experience than Trevor Siemian and first-round pick Paxton Lynch. Siemian has appeared to be the likelier alternative of the two, but Lynch said Tuesday that he hasn’t gotten that impression from Kubiak or anyone else despite.
“I definitely think I have the opportunity to better myself and put myself up in that position to play right away or sooner than I had thought,” Lynch said, via ESPN.com. “I knew those guys were going to be ahead of me just because of experience — Trevor his experience in the offense and Mark his experience in the league and me being a rookie, and this is the first time I’ve seen a playbook like that.”
All indications point to Sanchez being named the starter but a lot can happen between now and the start of the season. Sanchez can look good at times and terrible at others so even if he's named the starter there's a chance he won't hold the job for any length of time.
When the Broncos traded for quarterback Mark Sanchez — and didn’t acquire any other quarterbacks this offseason — it appeared that he was set to be the team’s starter. But there’s no guarantee of that.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post thinks Sanchez has only a “slight edge” over Siemian heading into training camp, and Renck thinks Sanchez has to win the job over Siemian, as opposed to the job being Sanchez’s to lose.
The story went on to say Siemian has the advantage that he’s the only Broncos quarterback who has spent a year in Kubiak’s offense. Lynch isn’t expected to be ready to start in Week One, but the Broncos didn’t draft him in the first round to sit him on the bench forever. So Sanchez needs to look good in training camp and the preseason to earn the job, and he needs to play well to keep the job. Sanchez's recently history with the Eagles shows he did play well at times but can play poorly other times. Even if he earns the job, he's likely not to keep it.
Broncos G.M. John Elway moved up in the first round of the draft to select quarterback Paxton Lynch, a developmental project who seems very unlikely to beat out Mark Sanchez for the starting job this season. But Lynch may not take as long to become the Broncos’ starter as most observers are expecting.
Elway said on Denver Sports 760 that Lynch may just prove himself ready to be an NFL starter this year.
“Is that going to happen tomorrow? Probably not, but you never know when it can happen,” Elway said. “We think he’s going to be ready quicker than a lot of people think.”
With only Mark Sanchez to beat, Lynch could start Week 1 if he shows poise and an understanding of the offense in training camp. However, the Broncos could ask Sanchez to hold down the fort and be a 'game-manager' with a great defense and a strong running game. It's clear that Sanchez is just a placeholder.
Sanchez is likely being brought in to be the backup for whomever the team acquires to start at quarterback, but he could hold down the fort for a year if they're unable to bring anyone better in.
Bradford is also dealing with a left shoulder injury and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said Tuesday that the team isn’t likely to have a decision about whether Bradford or Mark Sanchez will start against the Lions until Wednesday. Bradford returned to practice on Monday, but Shurmur explained that session and Tuesday’s practice will be too light to make a determination about his readiness to play.
Bradford, who missed this past Sunday's game with a concussion and shoulder injury, was out on the practice field Monday, the first time he has practiced since going down against the Miami Dolphins in Week 10.
The entire practice was not open to the media, but Bradford did everything the other quarterbacks did, and it looked like he might be preparing for a full day's work.
Bradford did not take part in team drills Monday, one of only two practice days the Philadelphia Eagles have this week. Bradford participated in individual drills, according to ESPN. The Eagles play in the early game on Thanksgiving and many speculated Bradford would miss this Week 12 contest in addition to Week 11. HC Chip Kelly said when Bradford is healthy he would start.
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