AFC West

Opportunity Knocks for Denver Broncos’ Trevor Siemian

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2016, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) warms up prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Los Angeles Rams, in Denver. Siemian is Peyton Manning's successor. Coach Gary Kubiak told the team Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, that Siemian will be the starting quarterback when the Broncos face Carolina in the season opener Sept. 8. Kubiak informed Siemian, Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch of his decision before telling their teammates. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

When the Denver Broncos drafted Northwestern product Trevor Siemian with a seventh round draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft the potential for his development was a quality backup quarterback. Siemian took advantage of learning from future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning and developed his skills to help him take grasp of he Broncos starting quarterback job.

The odds for Siemian to win the starting job at first glance were not in his favor. He played one snap in the 2015 regular season and this one snap was a kneel down. He was competing with Mark Sanchez who has 72 regular season and six playoff starts and first round draft pick Paxton Lynch.

Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak is excited for his young quarterback to begin his NFL journey and believes he can lead the Broncos in defending its Super Bowl crown.

“This is the start of Trevor’s career,” said Kubiak. “I want him to have a good career. What an opportunity. I told the young players … as a coach you go down there and preach to your team about work and great things can happen. I told these young kids, this guy was a seventh-round pick and came in here last year hurt. He’s the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. That’s pretty good stuff. That’s really exciting for me. I’m excited for him.”

Siemian has tremendous arm strength and earned the trust of his coaching staff to name him the Broncos starting quarterback for the 2016 season. Siemian has a great chance to succeed as he will be working with a talented skill group headlined by Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

Broncos’ executive vice president of football operations and general manager John Elway has extreme confidence in Siemian performing at a high level this season.

“Trevor is the guy,” said Elway. “We have a lot of confidence in Trevor and believe that he can do the job. It’s Trevor’s job, but he’s not going to be looking over his shoulder. He’s got a lot of support. Trevor earned the job. I’m excited about it. I’m excited to see him play and I think we’re in good shape there.”

Siemian will not be asked to fill the shoes of Peyton Manning, but will be asked to execute efficient throws and not turn over the ball to keep the Broncos competitive. Siemian has a grand opportunity ahead of him to solidify himself as the Broncos starter for this season and potentially more until Paxton Lynch is ready to take over the team.

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