The competition for the Broncos starting quarterback position between Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian may come down to the very last minute before Week 1. Both players have been battling it out since the start of training camp. Last season, Siemian was the starter for a majority of the season but we saw signs of potential from Lynch.
With the season starting soon, Vance Joseph needs to make a decision soon. He still has time but with the Broncos first preseason game coming up this Thursday against the Chicago Bears, we should hear something soon about who will start the first game. With this competition, I see Lynch as having the most pressure rather than Siemian for different reasons.
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Why would Lynch have the most pressure?
Lynch was drafted in the first round, 26th overall in 2016 NFL Draft and was brought to maybe compete for the starting job after Peyton Manning retired. Then there is Siemian who was drafted in the seventh round, 250th overall in the draft the year before. Siemian won the starting job last year and helped lead the Broncos to a 9-7 record but missed out on the playoffs. Lynch played in only three games but won two out of three.
Maybe Lynch needed more time to develop into a starter as a rookie, which in some cases it is like that. Now, Lynch will have to prove he is ready otherwise he could be on the sidelines once again. As a first round draft pick, Lynch was expected to see the field a lot but it didn’t happen. If Lynch comes up short again against Siemian for a second year, the there might be another problem for the Broncos.
In the three games he played last season, Lynch didn’t do terrible but he didn’t put up starter stats either. I think Lynch can win this competition but he’ll need to put in the work plus extra. If he doesn’t win the starting job, don’t be surprised if the Broncos go look for another quarterback in the future.