It seems the Broncos have found their heir to Peyton Manning.
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Trevor Siemian threw his first touchdown pass of the preseason and tightened his grip on the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback job in a 17-9 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night.
Eager to establish the run game early, Siemian handed the ball off for the first two drives, both of which were three-and-outs and totaled only 12 yards.
Does Siemian have what it takes to be a capable National Football League starter? The second has to be with his play.
Head Coach Gary Kubiak has some tough decisions ahead this week, but it appears the quarterback position may finally be settled.
Aside from his 1-yard TD strike to Virgil Green, he had a lovely pass to Demaryius Thomas streaking down the Rams sideline for a 43-yard gain that set up the go-ahead score. "I'll do that. Does that mean I'm going to do it [Sunday] or Monday? A lot to build on and a few things to clean up".
Rams: While most of L.A.'s starters played through the first half, RB Todd Gurley sat this one out. They were forced to settle for field goals on multiple occasions. Siemian looked composed and comfortable running the team as he finished a workmanlike 10-of-17 for 122 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
"I'm impressed", said Kubiak via ESPN. He has control of what's going on. They've been battling and I think they're getting better. The team then brought in journeyman Mark Sanchez and used a first-round pick on Memphis product Paxton Lynch in order to put some pieces into the search for Manning's successor. Lynch took reps with the first-team offense on the scout team in practices this past week but had been limited to play with primarily the third-string offense in the Broncos' first two preseason games.
Asked if he felt he'd done enough, Siemian said: "I do, but again, that's not my call". He is a game-manager at best and a complete offensive liability at worst.
That left Mark Sanchez as the odd man out on this night and, possibly, come cut-down day. The seven-year veteran is a $4.5 million cap hit for 2016. In addition, the late-round pick they sent to Philadelphia in March would also be returned.
"Bottom line, I got a lot to go off of on Mark".
With the fourth preseason game four days away and the regular-season opener only 11 days into the future, the Denver Broncos have two big quarterback decisions to make. Siemian and Lynch at least give them a shot.
"I've got a lot invested and a lot of work that I can make some decisions off of now", Kubiak said. "I'm going to do that".