Mark Sanchez was traded to the Broncos this offseason, where he's expected to compete for the starting job with rookie Paxton Lynch to replace the departed Peyton Manning (retired) and Brock Osweiler (Houston). It could be a great situation for Sanchez, who was the backup in Philadelphia in 2015. He inherits a tremendous receiving corps with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, and it could be one of the best years of Sanchez's career. But first he has to win the starting job, and then he has to prove himself to Fantasy owners. He's started 10 games over the past two seasons for the Eagles, and he's scored more than 20 Fantasy points in a standard league just four times. If he does start for the Broncos then he would be worth a look in deeper leagues as a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback, but most likely he will not be drafted in the majority of leagues. Our guess is Sanchez starts the season for Denver and is then replaced by Lynch early in the year.
The Broncos' quarterback competition is wide open, The Denver Post reports. The news comes from the top, general manager John Elway, but the super-competitive hall-of-famer has little reason to say anything else. His job, and the job of head coach Gary Kubiak, is to keep all three competitors motivated. Split reps, which the Broncos are expected to divvy out, probably favor rookie Paxton Lynch because they offer a better shot at catching up than typical second or third-team reps. In the end, the job is still probably Sanchez's to lose given the fact that the defending champions have an opportunity to remain competitive with even average quarterback play. If he fails to provide that safety net, however, there would be little reason for the team no to throw Lynch in to see what he can do.
Sanchez has only a slight edge in the Broncos' quarterback battle, Troy Renck of The Denver Post reports. Back and forth the rumor mill goes. Sanchez's grip on the starting job seems to change daily - fueled by a few quotes from head coach Gary Kubiak and reporters' observations from segments of practices. The truth is that clarity into the Broncos' quarterback situation won't come until depth charts are released. Nobody ever mistook Sanchez for anything more than a veteran stopgap, but given that he's the only quarterback on the roster with a NFL passing attempt, it'd be a pretty big upset if he doesn't open the season as the starter.
Sanchez (thumb) is engaged in a neck-and-neck battle for Denver's top job with Trevor Siemian, The Denver Post reports. Just a week ago, the team's official website reported that Sanchez was cementing his place as the starter. So what gives? Chalk it up to the offseason news cycle that magnifies every ebb and flow in a position battle. While Siemian does have the most experience in Denver's offense, Sanchez has a background in it and is far more playing time under his belt. Both Siemian and first-round pick Paxton Lynch are dark horses to steal the job with strong camps - Sanchez is hardly the kind of quarterback who a team can hang its hat on - but it would still be an upset at this point if the veteran didn't start the season opener against Carolina.
Sanchez (thumb) has solidified his place atop Denver's depth chart, 9NEWS reports. Though there have been reports touting both holdover Trevor Siemian and rookie Paxton Lynch, the news solidifies what many assumed on draft night - that Sanchez would likely be Denver's Week 1 starter. Sanchez might be new to town, but he reportedly ran a similiar offense at USC, offers the lone veteran presence at the position and has been active in trying to bond with his new teammates. There might be a point during training camp that Lynch or Siemian catches up, but for now - the safe bet is on Sanchez to start the season.
Sanchez's experience figures to give him an edge in the Broncos' starting quarterback competition, The Denver Post reports. Sanchez, who had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his non-throwing hand's thumb earlier this month, participated in seven-on-seven and positional drills along with rookie Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian during OTAs this week. Although those two were also able to go through team drills, something Sanchez was unable to do, Sanchez's previous experience as an NFL starter bodes well for him going into training camp. That's when the Broncos' quarterback competition is expected to heat up, and despite not having started a Week 1 game since 2012, Sanchez's veteran status gives him the early leg up on Lynch and Siemian.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/02||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||25||22.06|
|6||10/14||@San Diego Chargers||14||19.56|
|8||10/30||San Diego Chargers||14||19.56|
|10||11/13||@New Orleans Saints||33||29.31|
|12||11/27||Kansas City Chiefs||6||18.00|
|15||12/18||New England Patriots||16||19.78|
|16||12/26||@Kansas City Chiefs||6||18.00|
|3 Year Avg||64.7||1011||6||5||36||0||74|