After an offseason and training camp of splitting first-team repetitions, the Broncos' months-long quarterback competition ended Monday with the announcement that Trevor Siemian will start the regular-season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) passes during the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
Siemian likely closed the deal Saturday night when he came in against the San Francisco 49ers with just over three minutes remaining in the first half and led the Broncos on a seven-play, 53-yard touchdown drive.
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England's Mel Reid and Charley Hull were two up with two to play but finished tied with Americans Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson . However, they won the fourballs session 3-1 to extend their lead to 10½-5½ going into the final day's singles matches.
Siemian put up more passing numbers (49) on his first drive and finished 8 of 11 for 93 yards. He also boasts more experience than the 23-year-old Lynch and the rookie Kelly, having started 14 games for the Broncos last season.
Siemian said he has shown enough to be named the starter.
"He's a guy with rare talent, and with time, he can be a good quarterback", Joseph said. He threw for 3,401 yards to go with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. "He's an athlete. And Trevor, he was solid".
Denver converted the three turnovers - two fumble recoveries and an impressive interception by Chris Lewis-Harris, who wrestled the ball from 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin as both men fell to the turf - into 13 points. Legwold believes head coach Vance Joseph could announce his decision as soon as Monday. "You know, he controlled the huddle, so I was pleased with Trevor", Joseph said. "I'm not the coach but I think so".