While all reports are that Trevor Siemian is expected to start at quarterback for the Denver Broncos on Thursday against the San Diego Chargers, we’ve all heard that one before. However, the work Siemian did at practice on Tuesday might be the best indicator yet he is on track to be under center.
James Palmer for the NFL Network reports that Siemian was the only Broncos player wearing shoulder pads on Tuesday, presumably so he could simulate game conditions and test out his injured non-throwing shoulder.
The Broncos offense struggled with rookie Paxton Lynch at quarterback last Sunday. Lynch caller completed 23 of 35 passes for 6.4 yards per attempt with 1 touchdown and 1 interception and was sacked six times in a 23-16 loss to the Falcons.
Siemian has been one of the NFL’s pleasant surprises. The 2015 seventh-round pick is completing 67 percent of his passes for an 8.4 average with 6 touchdowns to 3 interceptions. Most importantly, the Broncos have a 4-0 record this season in games Siemian starts.
In addition to Siemian being the better quarterback at the respective stages of their careers, anything that creates a sense of normalcy for the Broncos will also help this week with head coach Gary Kubiak missing the game on Thursday for medical reasons. It’s also a short week, leaving the coaching staff little time to correct some of Lynch’s tendencies the Falcons were able to exploit before meeting their AFC West rival in San Diego.
Of course, even if Siemian put on a good show in practice, it will be a lot different against a live defense, especially after he gets hit a time or two.