Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian is the official starter. He won the job from young quarterback Paxton Lynch.
The fact that there was even a QB competition already means that the Broncos’ quarterback situation isn’t as strong as they’d like it to be. ESPN’s Mike Sando thinks it’s pretty bleak even though they’ve named a starter, as he ranked Siemian 26th in the NFL, calling him a “Tier 4 quarterback.”
“A Tier 4 quarterback could be an unproven player with some upside, or a veteran that is ultimately best suited as a backup,” he said, explaining the position. “Teams might not want these guys starting all 16 games.”
While that’s not a good position for Siemian, it doesn’t mean no one has faith.
“I see him having really good upside,” an unnamed offensive coordinator said, per Sando and Christopher Hart of Mile High Report. “I go back to their first game of the year, against Carolina. The first or second play, somebody comes clean off the left edge and he is throwing a little wide receiver screen. For him to shape the ball around that guy and understand that he couldn’t throw it over the top, I was like, ‘Whoa, that is a big-time play for a guy that is just starting out.'”
So there is upside to Siemian, who threw for 3,401 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2016.
Part of the reason for his low ranking is simple: He’s never even played a full season. Paxton Lynch got two starts in 2016. Plus, last year was essentially Siemian’s first year seeing any action after being stuck behind Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler in 2015. It’s up to him to prove that he’s better than the No. 26 spot and better than a Tier 4 QB this season.