DENVER (AP) Trevor Siemian thinks he’s done enough to win the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback job.
If he feels the same way, coach Gary Kubiak isn’t saying just yet.
“I’m going to make a decision this week … but I’ve got a lot of things going on, so I’ll take my time, do it the right way,” Kubiak said after watching Siemian throw his first TD pass of the preseason in Denver’s 17-9 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night.
Siemian was more impressive than his stat line – 10 of 17 for 122 yards, one TD and one arguable interception – showing off his strong right arm and just the kind of patience, poise and precision required of Peyton Manning’s successor as Denver defends its Super Bowl title.
“I feel confident,” Siemian said when asked if this was his job. “Ultimately, that’s up to Kubes.”
Asked if he felt he’d done enough, Siemian said, “I do, but again, that’s not my call.”
“I’m impressed,” Kubiak said. “I think he’s very calm. I can tell by the way he handles the team in the huddle, he’s got control of what’s going on. What I see is I see a guy getting better every time out.”
That left Mark Sanchez as the odd man out on this night and, possibly, come cut-down day.
If he’s not on the 53-man roster, the Broncos will save $3.5 million and the seventh-round draft pick they would have owed the Eagles.
After announcing Siemian would make his second straight start, Kubiak decided he’d play his first-round pick and sit Sanchez, something he told him about over breakfast.
“Bottom line, I’ve got a lot to go off of on Mark. He’s played a lot of football. But we needed to see these other two kids play again,” Kubiak said.
Sanchez left the stadium without comment.
It was Sanchez’s job to lose when training camp began and he’s apparently done just that with a slew of turnovers in the preseason.
An afterthought while taking just one snap – a kneel-down – as a rookie last season, Siemian has emerged as the best option to lead the team with Manning on the links and Brock Osweiler in Houston.
The Rams settled for three field goals by Greg Zuerlein.
“I feel better than I ever have before with my conditioning,” Miller said. “I’m feeling comfortable out there. We’re ready to go back to the regular season.”
Miller’s was the first of six sacks by the Broncos, including 2 1-2 by LB Dekoda Watson, but the biggest hit was LB Vontarrius Dora‘s clean shot to the chest of No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff just before he left the game in the third quarter.
Broncos CB Aqib Talib was pulled following his 15-yard penalty for hitting Keenum out of bounds on a scramble in which the Rams QB was heading for the sideline, not turning upfield.
“You don’t like to see that happen, especially in a preseason game,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said.
Keenum, for one, didn’t see it happen.
“It all happened pretty fast,” he said. “I was on the ground before I knew it.”
Kayvon Webster came in and made several nice plays in Talib’s place, including a pass breakup on a fourth-and-1 toss from Jared Goff to Michael Thomas.
Rams: Goff was 4 of 12 for 45 yards and was sacked for a 10-yard loss.
Broncos: G Connor McGovern went in at center midway through the fourth quarter.
Rams: While most of L.A.’s starters played through the first half, RB Todd Gurley sat this one out.
Broncos: Riley Dixon, a seventh-round draft pick, got the start ahead of Britton Colquitt, who has a $4 million hit against the cap this season. Dixon’s night included a 56-yard punt and a nice hold on the 50-yard FG.
Rams: DE Robert Quinn received his first playing time since undergoing back surgery in December.
Broncos: Anderson needed stiches to close a cut on his right ear. Latimer suffered a knee injury while blocking on a punt return in the third quarter. Kubiak said he didn’t think it was serious. FB Andy Janovich injured a shoulder.
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