Mark Sanchez is currently embroiled in a three-way battle for the role of starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. And Sanchez hasn’t done himself any favors with his performance in the preseason.
On Saturday, Sanchez lost the starting job to sophomore Trevor Siemian during Denver’s 31-24 defeat to the San Francisco 49ers.
After the loss, Sanchez rued his missed opportunities through the first two weeks of preseason when the veteran quarterback was the preferred starter. “I feel like I squandered an opportunity to separate myself (from Siemian and Paxton Lynch). Poor quarterback play,” Sanchez said Saturday.
Siemian didn’t take advantage of the opportunity, either, with his 12th pass attempt against the 49ers intercepted by safety Eric Reid. “I just can’t turn the ball over. I made a bad decision. I want that one back … that one bad play. Unfortunately you can’t have one bad play,” Siemian rued after the game.
Meanwhile, rookie Paxton Lynch, who is third in the pecking order, finished Saturday’s game 15-of-26 for 113 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. After the game, Lynch said he believes he is the mix for the No. 1 spot when the new NFL season begins on September 8.
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Mark Sanchez out of race?
Broncos, the reigning Super Bowl champions, were left in a quandary this offseason after Brock Osweiler took his talents to the Houston Texans in the aftermath of Peyton Manning’s retirement. To find a new quarterback, coach Gary Kubiak declared a three-horse race between Sanchez, Siemian and Lynch with the intention of finding a starter before the new season.
According to CBS Sports, “with the way Sanchez played in Week 2, it’s difficult to imagine him as the starter if Gary Kubiak needed to make the decision right now.”
A few weeks ago, Kubiak maintained that he wished to give equal opportunities to all three contenders. “One thing we want to make sure is, every night we go up in that office and Mark had 75 throws that day, Trevor had 75 throws, Paxton, I want to be able to look at it that way.
“I want to be fair from that standpoint, because I think they all deserve the opportunity,” said the coach of the Broncos.
Will Mark Sanchez make up for lost time before the start of the new season? Or would the Broncos roll with Siemian or Lynch?