With Trevor Siemian locked in as the Week 1 starter and Mark Sanchez a known commodity, the Broncos have every motivation to get an extended look at their 2016 first-round selection. Lynch will likely begin the season as Denver's No. 2 quarterback, with Sanchez figuring to be released or traded. Lynch will mostly be working alongside second and third-string players in Thursday's game, as the likes of Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and C.J. Anderson won't play more than a few snaps, if at all.
Starters typically don't play at all in the last preseason game, but with the Titans sporting a mix of young players and new additions, there could be some slight benefit to giving the first-team offense a bit of run. Mariota probably doesn't need the final tune-up, as he's completed 23 of 36 passes for 309 yards in three preseason appearances, benefiting from Tennessee's offseason additions of DeMarco Murray, Derrick Henry, Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe. The Titans also appear to have an improved offensive line, with rookie first-rounder Jack Conklin bookending Taylor Lewan at offensive tackle.
Sudfeld, a sixth-round pick, gets the nod for the Thursday as he looks to impress the coaching staff in the hopes that they will keep three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster. Washington's quarterback situation is set in stone with Kirk Cousins leading the charge and Colt McCoy securing his role as the No. 2 man.
Moore was spotted back on the practice field for the first time since suffering a concussion in Miami's second preseason game. Despite only participating in individual drills, it's encouraging to see Moore back on the gridiron. Assuming there are no setbacks, Moore should be ready to serve as Miami's primary backup to Ryan Tannehill in Week 1.
Once considered the favorite to start, Sanchez lost ground to Trevor Siemian during training camp and the preseason. Although Siemian wasn't particularly impressive in the exhibition games, Sanchez sealed his fate by turning the ball over three times in two appearances. He didn't even play in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, leaving his roster spot in question as cut-downs approach. The Broncos seemingly believe Paxton Lynch is ready for the No. 2 quarterback job.
Cassel is entrenched as the backup in Tennessee, so the Titans coaching staff opted to play him for just one drive to open the second half. The veteran is unlikely to see the field extensively unless Marcus Mariota gets hurt.
The decision hardly comes as a surprise given the ineffectiveness of Mark Sanchez and inexperience of rookie first-rounder Paxton Lynch. Siemian has completed 27 of 43 passes for 285 yards, a touchdown and two picks in three preseason games, including two starts. Those numbers are hardly awe-inspiring, so Siemian will likely have to continue to improve in order to fend-off a mid-season switch to Lynch.
Siemian earns Denver's starting gig after beating out veteran Mark Sanchez and rookie Paxton Lynch during the preseason. In three exhibition appearances, including two starts, Siemian completed 62.7 percent of his passes, throwing for 285 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. A seventh round pick last year, Siemian was active for one game during his rookie season, but has yet to throw an NFL pass. Nonetheless, his first career start will now come next Thursday in a Super Bowl rematch against the Panthers.
Jones has missed the past couple practices and also did not suit up for Friday's preseason game against Washington due to a sore shoulder. The coaching staff has yet to determine if the rookie will play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, but will make a decision after monitoring him the next couple of days. The former Ohio State quarterback is competing with Austin Trainor for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart behind Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel.
Coach Doug Pederson revealed Monday that one of Wentz's injured ribs is still not healed, and the issue projects to keep him out for Thursday's game despite earlier reports that were more optimistic regarding his status. He'll likely head into the season No. 3 on the quarterback depth chart due to the injury, with Chase Daniel serving as Sam Bradford's primary backup for the time being.