We have a winner in Denver. The Denver Broncos have reportedly reached a decision between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch.
Lynch did not eclipse — pun intended — Siemian in the race to become the Broncos’ starting quarterback.
According to 104. 3 The Fan in Denver, the Broncos will name Siemian their starting quarterback.
Broncos coach Vance Joseph is scheduled to talk to the media later on Monday afternoon. He is expected to confirm the news while meeting with reporters.
Denver’s decision to name Siemian the starter plays along with Joseph’s soft deadline of selecting a quarterback before the team’s third preseason game.
Following last week’s 33-14 preseason win over the San Francisco 49ers, it became apparent that Siemian was the clear winner of Denver’s quarterback competition. Last year’s starter displayed a better command of the offense, and it showed with his on-field production.
Combining Denver’s first two preseason games, Siemian is 14-of-18 passing for 144 yards to go with a touchdown pass for a 118.5 passer rating. His competition, second-year man Lynch, posted stats of 15-of-22 passing for 81 yards with zero touchdowns, resulting in a passer rating of 74.2.
It was easy to prognosticate that Siemian had sealed the deal against the 49ers. Joseph hinted at which way Denver was leaning during his postgame comments last Saturday.
“I saw Paxton make some plays with his legs, which he should,” Joseph said after the win, per ESPN’s Jeff Legwold. “He’s an athlete. And Trevor, he was solid. He was Trevor. He made good decisions, his ball placement was on point tonight, he controlled the huddle. So I was pleased with Trevor.”
The Broncos’ decision comes as no surprise. Siemian clearly outperformed Lynch. We’ll see if the third-year quarterback can take the reins and perform at a higher level this season. If not, the Broncos will be in a similar predicament in 2018.
Update: Broncos coach Vance Joseph’s confirmation came later on Monday.
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