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Elway: Broncos' QB decision belongs to Vance Joseph

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When the Broncos open training camp on Thursday, fans will get their first look at one of the AFC's top quarterback battles.

Not surprisingly, veteran Trevor Siemian will get the initial shot at making a good impression by taking first snaps with the starters, per NFL Network's James Palmer.

The Broncos, though, plan to get an equal look at second-year passer Paxton Lynch, with Palmer noting that both signal-callers will "rotate days" with the ones during camp.

First-year Broncos coach Vance Joseph on Wednesday said that "it would be ideal" to have his starter named by the team's third preseason game against Green Bay, per the team's official website.

Joseph is part of a committee of Broncos leaders who will pick the quarterback, calling it a "group decision -- mine and the (coaching) staff; obviously (general manager) John (Elway) is going to have impact."

Elway, though, confirmed the choice will "be Vance's," while adding: "I'll give my input," per ESPN. The team's football czar emphasized that team brass would avoid disagreement because "everybody is going to see it ... it's going to show itself."

Said Joseph: "In my opinion, we've got two guys that we can win with."

Siemian played well last season, showing a live arm and making plenty of good decisions over 14 starts. Lynch, though, looms as the hand-picked choice of Elway, who traded up in last year's draft to grab him.

Truly seen as an open competition, Denver's quarterback tussle has a legitimate chance to wind on beyond Joseph's preferred preseason deadline. The reality is that both of these passers are bound to see starts in 2017.

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