Although coach Vance Joseph has preached an open competition between the incumbent starter and the 2016 first-round draft pick, Siemian remains the favorite to be under center in Week 1.
After speaking with Joseph, NFL Network's James Palmer told Omar Ruiz of Up to the Minute Live that Siemian has the "upper hand" entering the offseason program.
Siemian might have been widely viewed as a pet project of former coach Gary Kubiak, but the new coach has been impressed after taking an in-depth look at the 2016 game film.
Joseph went a step further, maintaining that Siemian didn't get the credit he deserved in league circles.
The high praise didn't end there, either. Joseph also raved about Siemian's intelligence and intangibles.
"Players want to play for him," Joseph told Palmer. "They want to win for him."
Joseph has taken a different view of the raw but talented Lynch, pointing to leadership, studying and understanding the offensive system as areas in need of improvement.
If Lynch does make significant strides in those areas, he can turn this into a legitimate battle by training camp.