Mark Sanchez’s already tumultuous career continues to take twisted turns.
Sanchez has been competing with Trevor Siemian for the team’s starting quarterback job that was left behind by the retired Peyton Manning and the new Houston Texans quarterback, Brock Osweiler.
Well, it appears the competition is over. The Broncos used two quarterbacks during Saturday night’s third preseason game and Sanchez wasn’t one of them. Siemian and first-round pick Paxton Lynch both saw the field during Denver’s 17-9 victory. That decision not only means that Siemian has likely won the competition, it also could lead to Sanchez’s departure from the roster.
ESPN’s Jeff Legwold suggests Sanchez’s absence from the game could signify that his roster spot is in jeopardy. Sanchez might have been viewed as the favorite for the job at the beginning of training camp, but has done very little to earn the job outright.
That’s not to say Siemian has played tremendously either. He completed 10-of-17 passes for 122 yards, a touchdown and an interception Saturday night. He wasn’t awful, but he wasn’t particularly awe-inspiring either. For the preseason, Siemian has completed 27 of his 43 pass attempts (63 percent) for 285 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.
It appears coach Gary Kubiak is entrusting the seventh-round pick out of Northwestern with running the offense for at least the first week of the season. Now the question is whether Sanchez will be backing him up.
While Sanchez probably isn’t turning into an All-Pro quarterback anytime soon, he at least has experience. The Broncos could be taking an immense risk by dressing two quarterbacks with zero regular-season passes between them.
Broncos general manager John Elway has taken risks before. Don’t be surprised if he does the once unthinkable and cuts the team’s only veteran quarterback.