Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak might have given an indication of who is leading the way in the team’s quarterback battle.
Kubiak announced Monday that 2015 seventh-round pick Trevor Siemian, not veteran Mark Sanchez, will start for Denver in the team’s third preseason game Saturday night against the Los Angeles Rams.
Kubiak: QB Trevor Siemian will start Saturday night vs. the @RamsNFL.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 22, 2016
Siemian also started the team’s second preseason contest and went 10-for-14 for 75 yards and also threw an interception.
What makes this start far more significant is that the third preseason game is typically the dress rehearsal for the starters. In most situations, the starters will play anywhere from an entire half to three quarters, which means Siemian might get a tremendous opportunity to prove he’s capable of being the team’s Week 1 starter.
It will be interesting to see how Kubiak handles the reps for both quarterbacks. Sanchez completed 10 of his 17 passes for 120 yards last week, but hasn’t been overly impressive throughout the preseason.
While Siemian hasn’t thrown a professional pass in a regular season game, he does have a year in Kubiak’s system and a season with Peyton Manning’s tutelage under his belt.
Saturday night’s game could be the final audition for Siemian and Sanchez and will likely be the final factor in Kubiak’s difficult decision.
It’s a competition Kubiak must decide correctly if he hopes to bring Denver back to the Super Bowl.