Saturday's preseason game between the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers may have been Paxton Lynch's last chance at winning the role as starting quarterback.
The Broncos took the game 33-14, but Lynch's performance didn't hold a candle to Trevor Siemian that night.
Lynch went completed 9 of 13 passes for 39 pass yards with a passer rating of 72.3 in Saturday's game. Siemian completed 8 of 11 passes for 93 yards with one touchdown pass and a rating of 128.2.
Lynch has had his moments but has struggled to stay consistent. Siemian hasn't had that issue.
Head coach Vance Joseph spoke with the media after the game, ready for the now familiar barrage of questions regarding the quarterback situation. The starting quarterback question could be settled for good sooner than later, however, as Joseph did say it would be ideal to have the starter in place by the team's third preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Saturday, August 26th:
"Our starters should play a half of football versus Green Bay, and that’s going to be our first official game plan game of the season. So, that would be ideal, yes.
“You know, again, the time frame is not important. What’s important is that we get it right. So, it could be this week, it could be next week. But, we’re going to go back and watch the tape and see where we are.
“Whoever wins the job is going to be the right guy for our football team, and whoever’s the backup is going to be a pretty good backup. So, it’s exciting to have two guys."
At this point, the scales seem pretty heavily weighted in Siemian's favor. He's been far and away more consistent than Lynch, who hasn't been able to be good enough often enough to unseat the incumbent starter.
The Broncos' quarterback competition should be settled by the time they play Green Bay at the end of the month, if it isn't already.
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