Meet Trevor Siemian: The QB who could replace Peyton Manning

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Trevor Siemian is likely one quality outing from being the starting quarterback for the defending Super Bowl champions.

Siemian will start Saturday night’s preseason game against the St. Louis Rams and with a productive game, he will have the inside track to start for the Denver Broncos Sept. 8 against the Carolina Panthers.

Here are five things to know about the second-year quarterback:

  • The Windermere, Florida, native was a seventh-round pick by the Broncos in the 2015 draft. His regular-season playing time with the Broncos, after one year as Peyton Manning’s apprentice, amounts to one snap — a kneel-down play Dec. 20 to close out the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • He started three games in his first three seasons at Northwestern combined before making 11 starts as a senior before he tore his ACL on Nov. 11, 2014, against Purdue. Despite 14 career starts he finished his career fourth all-time in school history in passing yardage (5,931) and seventh in career passing touchdowns (27).

  • As he continued to recover from his ACL surgery, Siemian put himself on the Broncos’ radar in the team’s 2015 training camp when he threw two touchdowns among his 23 attempts in the preseason.

  • He kept himself on the Broncos’ radar with his arm strength and progress in the offense. He was the team’s No. 2 quarterback for six games last season as Manning recovered from a foot injury. The Broncos briefly brought in Christian Ponder, but in a matters of days chose Siemian to be the backup down the stretch in a Super Bowl run.

  • He has taken the long way to the doorstep of being the starting quarterback for the defending Super Bowl champion. As a senior at Olympia (Florida) High School, he was the 31st-ranked player in the state and the 33rd-ranked quarterback nationally by SuperPrep. He also played baseball and was voted “Mr. Olympia’’ by his senior classmates (future nickname alert if all goes well).



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