Trevor Siemian thinks 2016 reps will help him win 2017 competition

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A year ago, after Peyton Manning retired and Brock Osweiler left and Mark Sanchez arrived and speculation swirled about Colin Kaepernick, one persistent thought emerged regarding the Broncos’ quarterback situation: Don’t be surprised if Trevor Siemian get the job.

He did get the job for the defending Super Bowl champions, holding off Sanchez and first-rounder Paxton Lynch and keeping the gig all season long (except when injured). Now, Siemian will have to win the job all over again. He said Thursday that his status as the starter in 2016 will help in that effort.

“You can’t substitute those reps,” Siemian told reporters. “I learned that pretty quickly. Even towards the end of the year, I know my production — I don’t know how it stacked up earlier in the year — again, it just felt easier for me. I saw things a little better. You just can’t substitute those reps, so hopefully that helps me out.”

He also will help himself out by protecting himself better. He emerged from 2016 with a shoulder injury that required surgery, and he knows that he needs to learn how to minimize the pounding he’ll take.

“I think you watch and look around the league that the older guys that stay healthy are really smart with the football,” Siemian said. “They ditch it when they have to. They get rid of it quicker. They’re choosing check-downs pretty quickly or they’re getting down. I got a chance to watch Peyton [Manning] do that. I don’t know if I thought I was Superman my first year and that I can take a bunch of hits, but you can’t play for an extended career doing that. That’s something I will fix.”

Asked whether the fix will include adding the Peyton Manning self-sack to his repertoire, Siemian laughed and said, “Yeah, I’m going outside and falling down a few times, tripping on the way to the weight room.”

Ultimately, however, the question becomes whether a seventh-round pick from 2015 can hold off a first-rounder from 2016. Siemian was asked whether he has extra pressure because of that dynamic.

“With all due respect to Paxton, you’ve got to be on edge wherever you are. Like I said, you’ve got to earn it every day. Not just quarterbacks, but all across the board. You don’t really need any extra motivation, regardless of circumstance or whatever you’re talking about. You’ve got to earn your stripes every day. Moving forward, that’s what I’ve got to do if I want to play for a while.”

He’s right, but the reality given the distinction in draft pedigree, Siemian will have to not only win but win convincingly to get the team to decide not to let Lynch try to reach his own ceiling through the same reps that Siemian got in 2016.

15 responses to “Trevor Siemian thinks 2016 reps will help him win 2017 competition

  1. & I think the Donkos will once AGAIN be sitting at home watching the playoffs as they did in 2016….

  2. As a rookie last season, Paxton Lynch played pretty well in the couple opportunities that he got. Considering that he was a first round draft pick, who’s now in his second season, he would appear to have a big edge on Siemian for the starting job.

  3. Hopefully Elway gets fired soon because he is jerking around the qbs which will waste talent on the Defense yet again in 2017!!! One of the best defenses of all time will only get 1 SB win due to strange know it all Elway type tactics of 2016-2018

  4. ^^^ agree 100 % so why is Elway making him compete again in 2017????? I just dont know man. Just call it like it is. TS is starter Lynch is the clear cut #2 its not College where you can manipulate QB’s by competition

  5. I think he has to compete for the job because it’s a new staff like TS says “everyone has to earn it.”

    Denver will make the playoffs.They should of last year. Kubiak brain damaged the Chiefs game. He blew the whole season really.

    Keep hating. Denver has few weak areas. They addressed them heavily in free agency. The kid qbs still had a winning record. They only need to improve slightly. They will. So will the whole team.

    All those pro bowlers are coming back see yah when it matters me boyiii.

  6. @ QB Film Room says:
    Apr 14, 2017 10:28 AM

    Hopefully Elway gets fired soon because he is jerking around the qbs which will waste talent on the Defense yet again in 2017!!! One of the best defenses of all time will only get 1 SB win due to strange know it all Elway type tactics of 2016-2018
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    Don’t forget that it was ELWAY who built said defense AND ELWAY who had the balls to fire Fox and bring in a new regime including the right DC for that great defense…. Sounds like you harbor hatred for Elway for some reason. Their QB situation will be just fine if they can get the O Line in order.

    All this from a Cowboy fan who lived in Denver from 2011-2016.

  7. It all depends on that O-line for Denver… Can Menelik Watson and the others stay healthy and actually block ?

  8. Denver D not anywhere close to what it was 2 years ago, they have lost a fair amount of talent, they are no longer a dominant force. With 2 young QBs they will struggle in a now tough division. Winning one SB is good, but Elway is seeing that what BB has accomplished is amazing, which is winning consistently and juggling the salary cap when your SB players want to be paid. There is only one Belichick, only one Brady

  9. 60 Percent Completion Percentage, always injured in college and again last year. No way Trevor keeps the job, his arm is too weak. Just because he studies his playbook in the hot tub does not make this guy Manning. Not sure why all my fellow Broncos fans are so enamored with this guy, he is not or never will be Manning.

  10. I loved Elway as a player. When I was growing up he was my favorite QB! It was as I aged that I found our about his true character and his Shady Behavior!! And how he thinks he is a football god.. he needs to see his kids more

  11. I like Trevor. He established that he is gritty, solid QB last season without an ol or running. He was also voted team captain mid-year by his team mates. He has the respect of the locker room. Lynch may have a higher ceiling but he hasn’t shown anything yet and there are questions about his commitment aND leadership. I find it odd that Trevor has to win the job again as he was the undisputed starter at the end of the year. To start, Lynch should have to beat him out.

  12. thun2der says:
    Apr 14, 2017 11:55 AM

    Denver D not anywhere close to what it was 2 years ago, they have lost a fair amount of talent, they are no longer a dominant force. With 2 young QBs they will struggle in a now tough division. Winning one SB is good, but Elway is seeing that what BB has accomplished is amazing, which is winning consistently and juggling the salary cap when your SB players want to be paid. There is only one Belichick, only one Brady

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    Ummmm what Broncos games were you watching? The Broncos pass rush is still in tack and the secondary gave up the fewest amount of passing yards in NFL history. Re-think your comment..

  13. I’m telling you this is The New Coach Vance Joseph who is from Louisiana favoring fellow southern boy Paxton Lynch although Siemian is from FL so Im not sure of that anymore… Either way it is Joseph not understanding the nature of QB Dynamics and treating the position like a commodity..

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