The Broncos have released their first official depth chart leading up to their first preseason game. When they released it, there was something interesting with the depth chart. Not only was Mark Sanchez listed as the number one quarterback, but someone else was as well. And no, that other person wasn’t Paxton Lynch. The other quarterback named the number one guy was Trevor Siemian.
A lot of people might not know who Siemian is, and can you really blame them? Siemian isn’t a very well-known player. He went to college at Northwestern and played all four years. But while there he never exactly played great. His best year was his junior year in 2013 when he threw for 11 touchdowns but also for nine interceptions. And then his senior year he threw for just seven touchdowns and eleven interceptions.
Coming out of college he was drafted in the seventh round, 250th overall in the 2015 draft by the Broncos. In his rookie season, he took one snap, a kneel-down to end the first half in a December game against the Steelers.
The other number one guy is Mark Sanchez. And Sanchez is a much well more known name. Sanchez was drafted number five overall in the 2009 draft by the New York Jets. And in his first two seasons, Sanchez led the Jets to the AFC Championship Game.
But it has gone a little downhill since. He again started for the Jets in 2011 and 2012 but since then hasn’t been a constant starter. Sanchez has 86 touchdowns in his career but his downside has always been the turnovers, which he has 84 in his career. But there is not doubt he is the way more experienced of the two.
There is also Paxton Lynch, the rookie from Memphis that the Broncos traded up for to draft. There is no doubt that the Broncos and John Elway view Lynch as the future franchise quarterback. But for now, they might just want him to sit for a little and learn and not throw him right into the fire. So that leaves the competition to Sanchez and Siemian. And odds are that Mark Sanchez will be under center for the Broncos week one against the Panthers when the Broncos open their title defense.