Trevor Siemian will start at quarterback in Denver’s third preseason game; that much is known. It’s also known that Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch will play in Saturday night’s home game against the Rams.
Here’s what isn’t known: The name of the second quarterback to enter the game.
“I’m going to decide that probably at the end of the week,” coach Gary Kubiak told reporters on Wednesday. “I’m going to continue to watch Trevor and how he’s doing, and then make that decision depending on how much we play up front.”
Kubiak is going to watch Trevor in part because Trevor has a bum shoulder, which limited him to taking 80 percent of his normal reps on Wednesday. The real thing to watch is whether Sanchez or Lynch enter the game after Siemian. If it’s Lynch, that means Sanchez could be regarded as No. 3 on the depth chart. If he is, the next question becomes whether the Broncos would cut Sanchez before Week One, avoiding his $4.5 million salary and keeping the seventh-round pick that otherwise would go to the Eagles.
Sanchez still has $1 million in guaranteed salary, but if someone else picks him up, the Broncos would benefit from the offset. Even if he doesn’t play elsewhere in 2016, the Broncos would save $3.5 million and a seventh-round pick by releasing Sanchez.
Of course, this would require heading into the regular season with a pair of quarterbacks who have never thrown a regular-season pass. But if Sanchez can’t beat out either of those guys, that’s a major problem for the fifth pick in the 2009 draft.