ENGLEWOOD—In Trevor Siemian, the Denver Broncos have the anti-Cam.
Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton is flamboyant, occasionally a self-promoter, and seemingly got up on the grouchy side of the bed all week.
Siemian, the Broncos’ quarterback, deflects attention, leans toward boring, while accenting his unprovocative demeanor with a smile.
“I think we’re all excited,’’ Siemian said in the most unexcited monotone possible this week when asked if he was excited about his opening day start Thursday night (9News-TV, 6:30 kickoff) against the Panthers. “We’ve been waiting a long time to play, so we’re really excited. We’re looking forward to it.”
Newton is one of the NFL’s biggest stars and last year he was league’s very best player. At 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, he is huge by NFL quarterback standards. He is freakishly athletic with a rocket arm that is not the most accurate.
Siemian is a relatively unknown whose first pass Thursday night will be his first NFL pass, period. At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds he is average as NFL quarterbacks go. He can move some but he is no Cam. He throws efficiently and using only preseason as a guide, accuracy is his strength.
During Super Bowl 50 preparations in the final week of January and first week of February earlier this year, Siemian had to pretend he was Newton for the scout team.
“They do a lot offensively and I’m nowhere near the athlete Cam is,’’ Siemian said. “I was just trying to do my best, run around and keep the defense busy.”
In almost every way, Siemian is nothing like Newton. The Broncos are hoping he can find similarity in the ability to win like Cam.
“He’s talented. He can play,’’ Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas said of Siemian. “He’s mobile and he can throw the ball. I really don’t know what they’re going to do because it’s his first game, first time being in the huddle as a real game. We shall see once we get going.’’
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