In last season’s AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning - two of the greatest in NFL history - started at quarterback. In week one of the 2016 season, it will be Jimmy Garoppolo and Trevor Siemian at the position for the two teams.
Garoppolo, of course, is starting for the Patriots for the first four games while Brady is suspended, and this morning the Broncos announced that Siemian will be their starting quarterback.
Siemian was in a battle with Mark Sanchez for the starting spot, and the recent signs had pointed toward him winning the competition. The Broncos drafted Paxton Lynch in the first round of this year’s draft, but he hasn’t been in the running to start right away. He’s their quarterback of the future (they hope), but for now it’s Trevor Siemian.
He played collegiately at Northwestern and was a seventh round pick by the Broncos last year. He has never thrown an NFL pass, with his only action last year coming when he took a knee to end one game. This preseason, he has played in all three games and has completed 27 of 43 passes for 285 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
The significance of this announcement as it pertains to the Indianapolis Colts is that the team will travel to Denver to take on the Broncos in week two. It will be just the second career start for Siemian, which should hopefully provide somewhat of an easier matchup for the Colts’ depleted secondary. On the flip side, however, it’ll be a great chance for Siemian to prove himself, as it will be an easier matchup than in week one against the Carolina Panthers’ defense.