The Denver Broncos QB Depth Chart has an interesting wrinkle to it. Although the organization drafted Paxton Lynch, out of Memphis, with the 26th pick in the first round, they list Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian as “co-starters”. The idea to sit a rookie quarterback behind a veteran to gain experience is a common one. “Co-starters” is an idea that is not so common.
There is an old saying that goes “if you have two starting quarterbacks, you have no starting quarterbacks”. If one quarterback has not proven himself to be the starter then they are probably not starting caliber.
Sanchez had some success with the New York Jets early in his career, but it was nothing he did specifically that got him two conference championship games. He mostly rode the tails of his defenses. In 2010-11 season, when they lost in the AFC Championship game, Sanchez had a touchdown to interception ratio of 17:13. He would be more respected around the league as a backup, but he just isn’t good enough to be a starter in this league.
Siemian was taken in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Northwestern. His career with Wildcats was not extremely impressive, as he threw for only 5931 yards with 27 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in four seasons. Denver saw something in the QB when they decided to take a shot on him. You may say “it’s only a seventh round pick”, but they also let Brock Osweiler walk away, and let him compete with the other two guys.
John Elway and the Broncos probably decide to continue this quarterback battle throughout the preseason. When it comes down to the regular season games, I see Mark Sanchez winning this job from Siemian based strictly on experience. I still think the organization is making a mistake by not going with Paxton Lynch. There is only so much you can learn from the bench. Too much is gained from the experience on the field with your teammates. If they want to see what they have in this first-round pick, they have to switch to Lynch at some point during the season. I would honestly start him week one, but that’s just me.
From the first day of training camp: