While all eyes for Bears fans are on the quarterback position in the preseason debut, Broncos fans are in a similar boat. The eyes of the mile high city are going to be on the first glance of the Broncos’ quarterback controversy.
Sophomore quarterback Paxton Lynch, a first round pick out of Memphis in 2016, only started 2 games last season after losing the starting job in preseason to Trevor Siemian. It was highly presumed that Lynch would start this season, but Siemian again had the stronger training camp. Siemian will start this game, though Lynch will start game two.
They are actually listed as co-starters, which I didn’t know was a thing, on the depth chart. This is one of the few true quarterback controversies in the league currently, so every throw from both of these men will be heavily scrutinized.
Their draft selection at quarterback from last season, Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly, will not play due to his recovery from a torn ACL and meniscus. Kelly, the reigning Mr. Irrelevant, is the nephew of Hall-Of-Famer Jim Kelly. Kyle Sloter is the 3rd quarterback on the depth chart, instead of Kelly.
Denver spent their first round pick on Utah offensive tackle Garett Bolles, who is currently listed as their starting left tackle. He will likely face Mitch Unrein, who is listed as the starting right end for the Bears. However, expect to see a lot of Jonathan Bullard as well over there.
Another player that I was excited to watch but won’t play is Broncos linebacker Shane Ray, who will likely miss the preseason with a wrist injury. Ray, the third year player out of Mizzou, was supposed to be the third piece in the linebacking corp with Von Miller and Brandon Marshall.
Jamaal Charles, the newest Broncos running back, will also not play. Listed as third on the depth chart behind CJ Anderson and Devontae Booker, Charles last played in Week 7 last season with Kansas City. With Booker out with a wrist injury, we can expect to see a lot of former Patriots running back Stevan Ridley, who signed with Denver a couple weeks ago.
The Broncos are a highly veteran group, so their big name players will likely only see one drive today, especially on defense. However, that quarterback controversy is going to be something to watch for.