Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders offers thoughts on QB competition

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders throws the football after scoring a touchdown on a 3-yard run against the Tennessee Titans as side judge James Coleman (95) watches in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Sanders was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for the celebration. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
AP Photo/Mark Zaleski

For the second consecutive season, the Denver Broncos will have a quarterback competition to sift through when training camp begins, with Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch being the two candidates for the starting job under first-year head coach Vance Joseph. When asked about his preferred timeline for a starter to be named, Broncos wide receive Emmanuel Sanders told the Denver Post that he’d prefer to know now.

Knowing who the starter will be would help the offense from a chemistry standpoint, but Sanders also said that he understands why the team hasn’t rushed into a decision at quarterback.

“I wouldn’t say that it affected it, but is there a difference of saying, ‘Oh we got our guy and we can sit up here and work out and we know who’s running with the first team and who’s running with the second team and yeah we can build chemistry a lot easier?’ Yeah,” Sanders said Tuesday according to the Denver Post.

“But at the end of the day, a quarterback competition is a quarterback competition. They’re trying to find the right guy for the team. The quarterback is the most important guy on the field so they’re going to take their time in making their decision, because it’s not only thinking about this season. They’re thinking about the future. They’re thinking about a lot. It’s a lot more than this season that they’re playing for and they understand that.”

Siemian started 14 of the Broncos’ 16 games last season, completing 59.5 percent of his passes and throwing for 3,401 yards and 18 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Lynch, who saw time in three games with two being starts, completed 59.0 percent of his attempts in comparatively limited playing time. Siemian has the edge experience-wise as the start of training camp begins, but the door is open for Lynch to earn the job.

And the sooner one of Denver’s two options at quarterback earns the trust of Joseph and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, the better for the entire offense.

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