Broncos News: Mark Sanchez To Start At QB On Thursday

Broncos News: Mark Sanchez To Start At QB On Thursday
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Mark Sanchez will start as quarterback for Denver Broncos, the reigning Super Bowl champions, during the team’s pre-season opener against Chicago Bears on Thursday.


The Broncos are yet to name Sanchez as the permanent starting QB, with sophomore Trevor Siemian and rookie Paxton Lynch also expected to get opportunities down the road.

In fact, coach Gary Kubiak announced Tuesday that while Sanchez and Siemian will play a quarter each, Lynch will get his opportunity in the second half of Thursday’s game against the Bears.

“One of them will go first, one of them will go second, Paxton will play the majority of the second half. Mark and Trevor will play a quarter apiece, Paxton will play the second half. That’s the plan,” Kubiak said after Tuesday’s practice session.

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Mark Sanchez getting most looks

During the training camp, it’s been evident that Sanchez has been positioned as the primary option on offense. As ESPN noted, “On Tuesday, Sanchez clearly took more work with the starters in the team drills as the Broncos went through a variety of situations.”

Even though Sanchez is getting the most scrimmaging time with the rest of the starters, it’s not a foregone conclusion that the 29-year-old will be the starter when the season begins in a few weeks. The Broncos are expected to start Siemian during the August 20 preseason game against the San Franciso 49ers.

“One of them is going to play with those guys, and one of them is not,” Kubiak said of the decision to rotate quarterbacks with the starters. “They’ve been practicing with all of them, so it really doesn’t matter. The majority of this game will be about our 2s and 3s.”

Denver was in a conundrum following the retirement of Peyton Manning and the departure of Brock Osweiler, who bolted for the Houston Texans in free agency. The quest to find the next quarterback will begin on Thursday with veteran Sanchez getting the first look-in.

Will Mark Sanchez emerge as the new Broncos starting QB? We’ll find out in the next few weeks since the team would want a clear-cut plan entering the new season.

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