It may be the NFL's summer break, but there probably won't be much time to relax for Denver quarterbacks Tand . The two teammates will be competing for the role as starting QB during training camp.
Heading into the spring OTAs and and mini-camp, Siemian was looking like the favorite to take the leading role. According to reports from observer Mike Klis of 9news.com, however, Lynch came alive and is looking to make the contest a tight one.
Lynch seemed to find his gameday setting and began playing with the intensity and precision that is required in a starting role. If he can maintain that form through the summer and take it into training camp, Siemian won't be a sure-bet as starting quarterback.
“I mean the more reps I’m getting with these guys, the more I get to go against the defense and see the looks live compared to just on paper, it’s helping me a lot,’’ Lynch said, agreeing with Klis' assessment. “I think each practice I’ve progressively got better.”
Siemian is not slouch however, and the position is his to lose. He played 14 games in 2016, recording a 59.5% completion rate landing 289 out of 486 passing attempts. That was good enough for 3,401 yards and 18 touchdowns last season.
The Broncos traded up to select Lynch in the first round of the 2016 draft as the 26th overall pick. He showed flashes of his potential in 3 games last season, but it wasn't enough to put him on the field over Siemian. Lynch managed a 59% completion rate, 497 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.
Both quarterbacks are young players with huge potential upsides, and despite Siemian's head start over Lynch, the competition between the two should be close come training camp. Lynch may have come out ahead this spring, particularly in the final weeks, but the real test will come once the pads, and the pressure, are on.
Siemian is still the likely favorite to start, but if Lynch can hold onto the level of play he's apparently capable of, it should be a very interesting training camp.
Source: Mike Florio - NBC Sports · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS