Sanchez opened training camp with the first-team offense, ESPN's Jeff Legwold reports.
While Denver's QB competition will reportedly be "wide open", the 29-year-old Sanchez should have an early edge over second-year pro Trevor Siemian and rookie Paxton Lynch. All three signal-callers are expected to get work with the first-team offense during training camp, but that won't necessarily be the case in the preseason.
The news comes from the top in the form of 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
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.
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 has 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.
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.
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|P4||9/1/16||@ ARI||9:30 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ TB||4:05 pm|
|6||10/13/16||@ SD||8:25 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ OAK||8:30 pm|
|10||11/13/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
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|16||12/25/16||@ KC||8:30 pm|
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|2010||New York Jets||16||16||507||278||54.8||3291||6.49||74||17||13||27/171||43||10||75.3|
|2011||New York Jets||16||16||543||308||56.7||3474||6.40||74||26||18||39/243||39||2||78.2|
|2012||New York Jets||15||15||453||246||54.3||2883||6.36||66||13||18||34/209||36||5||66.9|
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|2010||New York Jets||16||16||30||105||3.5||20||3||1||11|
|2011||New York Jets||16||16||37||103||2.8||25||6||1||12|
|2012||New York Jets||15||15||22||28||1.3||8||0||0||3|
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|2011||New York Jets||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||New York Jets||15||4||3.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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