Everyone likes Trevor Siemian. He is a seventh-round underdog who has done good.
Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak wants Siemian to start this Sunday against Atlanta. Siemian’s teammates hope he’s there. Siemian is planning on it.
Meanwhile, Paxton Lynch continued to work with the first team Thursday in case Siemian can't go.
Here we are one more day closer to game time and it was another day when Siemian didn’t practice during the team drills. He did throw in the individual and 7 on 7 drills. That was progress. It was the first time he threw the ball since he suffered a sprained AC joint in his left, non-throwing shoulder late in the first half of the Broncos’ 27-7 win at Tampa Bay.
Still, Thursday was another day when the rookie Lynch got first team reps.
And so Kubiak has another week when he’s leading on two quarterbacks to start.
“This week it is different for each one, because one of them is getting the majority of the reps, the other one is getting it in the classroom and the walkthroughs and those type of things,’’ Kubiak said. “I think the biggest thing is keep moving forward. We’ve got confidence in both of them. The team has confidence in both of them.’’
The reason Siemian has a chance to start is because his injury is to his non-throwing shoulder. But it’s one thing to get the shoulder healthy. It’s another for that shoulder to take a lick on Sunday. That could set him back a couple weeks.
Besides, from what we saw last week against Tampa Bay, Lynch can handle it if he gets the call. If Lynch does start, it would be because Kubiak ultimately decided Siemian is not healthy enough to play. In that case, it would make sense to not risk putting Siemian in harm’s way and have veteran quarterback Austin Davis serve as the No. 2 quarterback Sunday.
We’ll see. Kubiak has said his starting quarterback will be a game time decision. But with the Broncos’ coaching staff having to do some advanced work on the San Diego Chargers this weekend for their game Thursday at Qualcomm Stadium, it’s difficult to believe Kubiak won’t settle on his quarterback by the time he leaves Broncos’ headquarters Friday.
In other words, Friday is a big day for Siemian if he is to start against the Falcons.