It’s amazing to think the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos are about to go into the 2016 season with an unknown at quarterback. However, one of their top receivers seems unfazed. Actually, Emmanuel Sanders sounds highly impressed by Trevor Siemian’s skill set.
In particular, it’s Siemian’s arm strength that got Sanders talking, going all the way back to last year when the Northwestern product joined the club as a seventh-round draft pick. As the seventh-year wideout tells Nick Groke for The Denver Post, he’s been throwing with Siemian for awhile and thinks all the young signal caller needs is a shot.
“I remember seeing him last year, when I first started seeing him throw, and he was the guy that I was throwing with prior to games,” Sanders said of Siemian. “I remember telling Demaryius (Thomas, Broncos receiver): ‘This dude has an arm. He can make every single throw.’ It’s just all about opportunity in this league.”
A shot Siemian seemingly will get, in part because he’s earned it, in part because Denver’s quarterback situation is such a mess. He’s been the best of the bunch thus far, completing 27 of 43 passes (62.8 percent) for 285 yards (6.6 average) and one touchdown to two interceptions during the preseason.
Of course, it’s almost impossible to project what a player can do in the NFL based on exhibition games, so Siemian is mostly being judged on his tools. Sanders is comfortable with the Broncos’ decision after seeing up close what the second-year quarterback is capable of doing.
“To me, it really doesn’t matter, as long as they throw a catchable pass,” Sanders said, when asked to describe the type of demeanor the veteran wide receiver wants in a quarterback. “Trevor is both. He throws a very catchable ball. He can put it there and can make all the throws. I like the decision.”
As for throwing a catchable ball, we’ll see. One of the primary knocks on Siemian coming out of college was his accuracy, completing just 58.9 percent of his passes in four seasons. At least he can push the ball downfield, which will certainly play to Sanders’ strengths.