Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak announced to the team that Trevor Siemian would be the starting quarterback when Denver plays the Carolina Panthers in Week 1 of the regular season. Kubiak’s decision comes as no surprise as Siemian has started the team’s last two preseason games.
#Broncos Kubiak "I feel like this is the right decision. I knew it would be a tough decision. I believe in his kid, and what team can do"— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) August 29, 2016
Siemian was the Broncos’ seventh round draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. In 44 games at Northwestern University, Siemian racked up 5,931 yards and a 116.6 passer rating. In 3 preseason games with the Broncos this year, Siemian has a 70.3 passer rating, completing 27 of his 43 passes for 285 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
Mark Sanchez was the favorite to win the job, after the Broncos traded a conditional seventh round pick to the Eagles for his contract. Sanchez is likely on the roster bubble, as the team can save a seventh round draft pick and $3 million if he is cut before the first game of the season.