Broncos HC Vance Joseph announced that QB Trevor Siemian will start Thursday night's preseason opener. But QB Paxton Lynch will start the 2nd exhibition. This remains an open competition. But Siemian drawing the 1st start does nothing to dispel this morning's report that he's in the lead. Preseason performance figures to determine who's under center come Week 1.
Yahoo's Charlie Robinson hears from Broncos staffers that Trevor Siemian is winning the team's QB competition "by default." He's been steady-if-unspectacular early in camp, while Paxton Lynch has failed to take a step forward. "If you believe the practice tape that others have watched, Lynch has lost every single practice session to Siemian," Robinson writes. "His sparse collection of good days has been – at best – on par with Siemian’s good days. Lynch’s bad days have been exponentially worse." Denver's front office would prefer their 2016 first-rounder to win this job, but they'll go with Siemian if he gives them a better chance to win. It sounds like that's still the case at this point. Neither of these guys is a fantasy option outside of 2-QB leagues, but Siemian is the target if you're dabbling in Broncos QBs.
Broncos insider Mike Klis believes the team will go pass-heavy in 2017. "It’s pretty much the same offense [OC Mike] McCoy passed down to Adam Gase in 2013 and 2014, when Peyton Manning handed off only to allow receivers like Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to catch their breath," Klis wrote discussing the 2017 scheme. Those Denver offenses weren't quite as pass-happy as Klis believes. The 2013 Broncos ranked 2nd in pass attempts and 10th and pass rate. The 2014 version finished 9th in attempts and 16th in rate. If the Broncos approach that territory this year, though, it'd be a shift from last year, when they ranked 17th in attempts and 18th in rate. That'd be good news for WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, who have been nice values in early fantasy football drafts.
The Broncos closed out the 2017 NFL Draft by drafting Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly at the end of Round 7. NFL Network's Mike Mayock called Kelly a 1st- or 2nd-round pick "all day" without his off-field issues. In Denver, he'll enter an interesting QB situation. Trevor Siemian will again compete with 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch under new HC Vance Joseph. There's at least the chance that Lynch never pans out and Kelly works past Siemian. That makes Kelly worth considering at the end of rookie drafts in dynasty leagues, if you're not fired up about the other available talent.
What was originally believed to be a Grade 3 shoulder separation for Broncos QB Trevor Siemian turned out to be a Grade 5 injury. When he went under the knife in January, his doctor discovered torn ligaments where the clavicle, scapula and AC joint connect. Siemian was slapped with a 4-6 month recovery timeline but still expects to be ready for the start of OTAs in May. He's slated to compete for the starting job with 2016 first-rounder Paxton Lynch. It's certainly worth noting that Siemian played through the serious shoulder injury for much of this past season after it occurred in Week 4.
The Broncos have hired Mike McCoy as their new OC. It's a homecoming after McCoy spent the 2009-2012 seasons in the same role. His QBs during that stretch ranged from Kyle Orton to Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning. McCoy was able to coax top-15 finishes in total yards and passing yards out of the Orton-led squads. With Tebow in 2011, Denver ranked 1st in rushing attempts and yards but 31st in passing and 23rd in total offense. McCoy's 2012 season with Manning produced a #4 finish in total yards and #2 in points. McCoy struggled as the Chargers' HC for the past 4 years, producing a 27-37 record (although injuries did him no favors). All 4 of those squads led by QB Philip Rivers ranked top 10 in passing yards. McCoy is widely regarded as 1 of the better offensive minds in the game, so this is a nice hire for Denver. He seems to lean toward a pass-heavy attack but has shown the willingness and ability to adjust his scheme. We'll see what he has in mind for this Broncos attack.
The Broncos have hired Vance Joseph as their new HC. The 44-year-old spent the 2016 season as the Dolphins' defensive coordinator after numerous stops as a defensive backs coach in both college and the pros. We'll see who he brings aboard to run the offense.
Broncos QB Trevor Siemian will undergo surgery on his left (non-throwing) shoulder this week. “It’s optional surgery," Siemian said. “It really only bothers me when I work out but I figure I’m going to have to keep working out for a while so I’m getting it fixed." He's expected to be ready for the start of the offseason program in April, so this shouldn't be something that impacts his 2017 outlook. Siemian will battle with Paxton Lynch (and perhaps an offseason addition) for the starting job this summer.
Broncos insider Mike Klis hears that QB Trevor Siemian will start Sunday's finale against the Raiders but that QB Paxton Lynch will also play. It makes sense for Denver to get a look at both guys -- against the same opponent -- heading into the offseason. Siemian and Lynch figure to battle for the 2017 starting job next summer. Neither guy is a Week 17 fantasy option.
Broncos QB Trevor Siemian topped 300 yards passing for his 2nd straight game Sunday against the Titans. He completed 35 of 51 throws for 334 yards and 1 TD after losing Week 13 to a foot injury. He did so on a day where the Broncos got even less than usual from the run game: 18 total yards on 9 attempts. Denver will likely need to continue to lean on Siemian and the passing game the rest of the way: vs. New England next week, then at Kansas City and home for Oakland.
Broncos QB Trevor Siemian (foot) is active and will start against the Titans’ 27th-ranked QB defense. He’ll play with an orthotic to help with that foot, but his mobility still figures to be limited. The matchup, though, makes him an option in 2-QB leagues. Siemian’s return is also good news for WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Broncos QB Trevor Siemian will return to the starting lineup today against the Titans. He missed last week's win over the Jaguars with a foot injury, but HC Gary Kubiak said he looked good in practice all week. He'll carry upside against a Tennessee pass defense that allowed Bears QB Matt Barkley a QB6 fantasy finish last time out. Getting Siemian back should also be good news for the fantasy outlooks of WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Broncos QB Trevor Siemian (foot) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. HC Gary Kubiak said Friday that he'll make a decision on Siemian after Saturday's walkthrough. Insider Mike Klis believes Siemian is "progressing toward playing." We'll look for an update on Sunday morning. Siemian is just a lower-end QB2, but his return would be good news for WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Broncos QB Trevor Siemian (foot) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. It's a good start for his chances of returning for this weekend's game against the Titans. Siemian hasn't been great this season, but he certainly gives the Broncos offense a better shot than rookie Paxton Lynch.
Broncos QB Trevor Siemian (foot) is out for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. First-round rookie QB Paxton Lynch will make his 2nd start after posting a 223-1-1 line vs. Atlanta back in Week 5. He’s barely on the 2-QB league radar vs. Jacksonville’s 10th-ranked QB defense. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders remain lower-end WR2s for Week 13.
Zeke's gone for a while (or is he); Sammy Watkins is gone from Buffalo; and we have a whole weekend of preseason action to break down. Lots to get to as fantasy football drafts approach ...3:08pm EDT 8/15/17 Read More
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