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#13 Trevor Siemian 6’3” 220 3rd Year, Northwestern
Trevor Siemian played solid football in spades throughout the duration of 2016 as a first time starting quarterback for the Broncos. Just the fact that a quarterback with ZERO experience up until that point could gain the trust of a team coming off a Super Bowl victory is astonishing and speaks to not only the type of potential he has a p layer but also his demeanor and leadership skills. Siemian went through typical growing pains in 2016 (every rookie QB does) and had some rough stretches of football. But those were outweighed by his strong performances throughout the year (Chiefs, Bengals). Siemian ended up throwing for 3,400 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while starting 14 games.
Siemian does a good job of getting the ball out of his hand quickly which underscores his ability to quickly process information and be confident when the picture is clear for him pre snap. He is adept at leading receiving targets into windows within the intermediate game and changes ball trajectory with ease. A true intuitive sense exists in Siemian in terms of throwing the ball to right target at the right time. Not to say this happened all the time but more often than not his 2016 tape shows a quarterback who quickly isolates where to go with the ball and utilizes refined elements such as anticipation and touch in order to complete his throws. Some of this has to do with how the coaching staff designed their offense for Trevor as certain reads were not as complex as perhaps in years past with Peyton at the control. Trevor is a good deep fade ball thrower even though he lacks above average arm strength. He does however have enough arm strength to complete the majority of passes asked of him. He showed on multiple occasions the ability to instinctively adjust his arm slot in order to ensure completion whether that was throwing around a defensive lineman, or when he needed to throw over a 2nd level defender with touch. Siemian is an easy thrower who sets up crisply during his drops. Fluid mover who lacks top end speed but is athletic enough to make things happen off-script. The prevailing theme to his game is his great ability to anticipate windows and to lead his receivers to green grass when he is able to remain on schedule and the picture is clear. Trevor Does have a tendency to short arm some of his passes at times which can lead to small bouts of erratic throws. Trevor’s decision making came under question when forced to deal with pressure in 2016 and will remain the blueprint on how to stop him until proven otherwise.
Siemian (In Theory) should be in the driver’s seat to retain his job as the Broncos starting quarterback. The problem is Paxton Lynch was selected in the first round (2016) and Trevor was an undrafted free agent. Siemian will be in a difficult situation in 2017 in terms of having to win the job over again and fend off a quarterback in Lynch who may be given every opportunity to win the job.