USA TODAY - After turning the ball over nine times and scoring just two touchdowns in his last five games, Trevor Siemian has been benched by the Broncos. So what comes next for the former seventh-round pick out of Northwestern?
Siemian, who went 11-10 as a starter in Denver, will likely serve as Brock Osweiler’s backup, at least this week against the Eagles. Broncos coach Vance Joseph said second-year quarterback Paxton Lynch was not in the running to be named starting quarterback because he just returned from a shoulder injury last week.
So fans should expect Lynch to be inactive for at least one more week while he gets up to speed. That will leave Siemian to be Osweiler’s backup in Philadelphia. Beyond this week, though, it’s unclear what kind of role Siemian will have.
If Osweiler struggles, Denver may want to turn to Lynch to finish the season. Lynch, a former first-round pick, only has two career starts under his belt, hardly enough to fully evaluate him as a quarterback. So it would make sense for the Broncos to name Lynch the No. 2 quarterback when he’s ready, which would bump Siemian down to being inactive on game days.
Siemian is under contract for one more season in Denver before becoming a free agent in 2019. It’s hard to see him getting an extension, even as a backup. The Broncos may look to trade him next offseason and move on with Osweiler, Lynch or someone else.
Chad Kelly and Kirk Cousins may be the names to watch next summer.
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