Denver Broncos, the reigning Super Bowl champions, don’t have a starting quarterback entering next season. They would begin the hunt when training camp begins Thursday, according to John Elway.
According to Elway, the GM and vice president of the franchise, the race to the next quarterback is “wide open” and the final call would be coach Gary Kuiak, who has promised equal opportunities to the three contenders – Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian and rookie Paxton Lynch.
“The bottom line is, we’re going to give them equal reps and it’s an open competition. We’ve got a plan … so we’ll get an equal look at all of them,” the Broncos coach said on the eve of training camp.
Denver Broncos open up QB race
Last season, the Broncos started retired legend Peyton Manning at quarterback with Brock Osweiler coming off the bench. During Manning’s prolonged absence due to injury, Osweiler thrived as a starter and was expected to succeed as the new starting quarterback next season.
However, Osweiler shocked the organization by joining the Houston Texas in free agency. With Manning and Osweiler gone, the Broncos have a huge void to fill in the most important position in football.
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The Broncos proceeded to acquire Sanchez via a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. Siemian, a seventh-round draft pick in 2015, played just one game last season. “I think it’s (the race) going to be wide open. We’ll get to see how it’s really going to take shape. … We’ll find our guy,” added Kubiak.
Even though Sanchez and Siemian have a better shot at getting the job, rookie Lynch could prove to be the dark horse. “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 Kubiak, adding that any of the three could get the starting gig.
Rookie Lynch to swoop in?
It’s very rare for a rookie to get a starting role in the competitive NFL. However, rookie Paxton Lynch is convinced that he has just as good a shot as Sanchez and Siemian.
“I definitely think I have the opportunity to better myself and put myself up in that position to play right away or sooner than I had thought,” Lynch, drafted No. 26 by the Broncos in this year’s draft, was quoted as saying by ESPN.
“I knew those guys were going to be ahead of me just because of experience — Trevor his experience in the offense and Mark his experience in the league and me being a rookie, and this is the first time I’ve seen a playbook like that,” added Lynch, a native of San Antonio.
Who will be the next Denver Broncos quarterback? The race is on.