Locker room expects Siemian or Lynch to lead Broncos into playoffs

From ESPN - July 17, 2017

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos will have their first full training camp practice of the new season in 10 days.

So consider the countdown officially on for the new season. Here are 10 things to know on the doorstep of training camp:

Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch will win the starting quarterback job not with the occasional big throw that brings the crowd alive, but by limiting red-zone mistakes, showing an understanding of the entire offense and not just the parts they like, and exhibiting the follow-me presence of a guy who can make the right throws at the right time to the right receiver. The bottom line is that the rest of the locker room believes this team is a playoff contender and is waiting to see the quarterback willing to do the work to make it happen.

Running back Devontae Booker showed the coaches enough good things in the offseason program that he's expected to get some snaps with the starting offense in the camp's early going to see if he can really push for the No. 1 job.

Overall, the Broncos' division of labor at running back will bear watching all through the preseason. C.J. Anderson, Booker and Jamaal Charles each warrants significant looks in the offense. And rookie De'Angelo Henderson is really their best big-play speed option. It means there is a scenario in which the Broncos, if Charles' knees hold up in camp and the preseason, feel compelled to keep four running backs to go with fullback Andy Janovich. That's because Janovich is one of the team's best special-teams players and he might be one of the two best pass-catchers at the position.

That crowd at running back is an issue because the Broncos also have a crowd at wide receiver and tight end. Those are the three most competitive spots on the roster, and the potential exists for a familiar name or two to get squeezed out. The Broncos have largely stuck to 25 players on offense in the cut to 53 in John Elway's tenure as chief football decision-maker, and that would mean it is an extremely tight fit at the skill positions this time around.


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