Broncos Bench Siemian, Name Osweiler the Starter: What’s Next for Denver at Quarterback?

The Denver Broncos switched quarterbacks on Wednesday, benching Trevor Siemien and giving Brock Osweiler a chance to see if he can discover some personal magic before head coach Vance Joseph inevitably turns back to 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch.

It will likely kick off an intense evaluation cycle for president and general manager John Elway, who has an important decision to make over the final nine games of the season: Will he end up becoming a player for the quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft?

Lynch’s preseason shoulder injury, from which he just returned last week, puts the Broncos in an unenviable situation. If he is the team’s franchise quarterback moving forward (Lynch started two games for the Broncos last year, going 1–1 as a starter with a 59% completion rate, 497 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception) he may only have about six or seven games to prove it. His turn in the starting lineup also depends on how well Osweiler plays against the Philadelphia Eagles on the road this Sunday.

As we see it now, here is what might happen in Denver over the next two months…


Osweiler plays to roughly his per-game average over his last 10 starts (19-of-33, 183 yards, one touchdown, one interception, 71.1 quarterback rating) and kicks off the inevitable countdown clock for Lynch’s return as a starter. If

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