Trevor Siemian is getting his first NFL start this weekend.
Denver Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Siemian will start at quarterback Saturday night when the Broncos square off with the San Francisco 49ers in the team’s second preseason contest.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 18, 2016
The seventh-round pick is battling with veteran Mark Sanchez for Denver’s starting job. While Siemian is starting, both players will play a quarter and a half and will get reps with the starting offense, according to NFL Network’s James Palmer.
Sanchez started Denver’s preseason opener against the Chicago Bears and led the Broncos on an impressive 10-play, 76-yard drive that was capped by a 32-yard touchdown pass from Sanchez to Demaryius Thomas. The tumultuous Sanchez followed that up with an interception and finished the game 10-of-13 for 99 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Siemian completed 7-of-12 passes for 88 yards and led the Broncos to two field goals on four drives.
Experience is definitely on Sanchez’s side, even if the USC star has rarely been better than mercurial during his six seasons. Siemian, a second-year pro out of Northwestern, doesn’t have a single regular season pass attempt on his resume.
This battle is far from over, but Simian will get the first crack at making a strong impression Saturday night.