Harris: Don't sleep on Siemian to win starting QB job


The more time we spend talking about Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch, the more time Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian has to continue making his case for the starting job this September.

Siemian, a seventh-round pick out of Northwestern in 2015, has been a trendy subject of late as we further plunge ourselves into the minutiae of organized team activities. Whether or not he is being used as a tactic to motivate Sanchez and Lynch, Siemian is being heavily touted by a coaching staff that does not seem worried about a world in which he is their signal-caller.

NFL Media's James Palmer noted that Siemian, Sanchez and Lynch were each given first-team reps on Tuesday and that none of the QBs were given first-, second- or third-string designations.

"I think Trevor has a maturity to him. He's kind of the sleeper, I would say. Trevor knows the offense. He's very comfortable and can throw the ball too," cornerback Chris Harris said recently said, via ESPN.com. "We've also seen him make big plays in the preseason games under the lights. I wouldn't sleep on Trevor to win the job, either."

It's not outside the realm of possibility. He knows the playbook better than any Broncos quarterback currently on the roster. He was hand-selected by coach Gary Kubiak in his first draft as Broncos coach, presumably because of the way his abilities translate directly to his offense.

We've seen seventh-round quarterbacks succeed before, and we've also seen the Broncos' offense succeed despite quarterback play far below the replacement level. Siemian saw his draft stock drop after a torn ACL in November of his final season at Northwestern, making this a comeback story everyone could get on board with.

If Siemian ends up stealing the job, it would be the best of all worlds for the Broncos, who could have at least a year to break in Lynch. It's also important to not look at Siemian's rise as an indictment on the rookie Lynch or Sanchez for that matter. Sometimes, great talent is just buried underneath a mountain of draft information.