For all the talk about rookie quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Jared Goff, what about Trevor Siemian? Granted, Siemian – a seventh-round pick in 2015 – is technically not a rookie, but given that he never threw a pass in the NFL until this year, he pretty much is.
He’s also showing why he beat out Mark Sanchez for the starting job in the preseason.
Through two games, Siemian has completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 444 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions and has led the Broncos to home wins over the Panthers and Colts. Siemian hasn’t been flawless, but he’s been efficient and he’s getting the job done.
“The first thing that you see – and it takes two seconds to see it – when you see Trevor throwing the ball, the guy’s got a cannon,” former Bronco and Super Bowl 50 champion Tyler Polumbus said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “And he throws about the most clean spiral of any quarterback I’ve ever seen, of any quarterback I’ve been around – especially going from Peyton Manning, who was known to throw a duck or two, a wobbly pass that somehow got to the right guy at the right time every time. But Trevor is about the opposite of that. It’s the most consistent spiral I’ve ever seen. He’s got a cannon of an arm. But more than that, he’s a very bright quarterback. He’s a very bright young man. He’s a Northwestern graduate, and Gary Kubiak loves that because he’s able to throw the whole scheme at Trevor and not have to worry about dialing back the play calls and not having to worry abut how much can Trevor absorb every week. He knows he can throw it all at Trevor and Trevor will absorb it all.
“So he’s a very bright young man, he’s got a heck of an arm, and so far, honestly, count me in the Trevor Siemian fan club,” Polumbus continued. “I think he’s done a phenomenal job through his first two starts. There’s a lot of people out there that are dogging him right now. I honestly think they he’s done a very good job. He’s managed this team well, he’s using the strengths of the team well, which is the running game, and then the passing game, he’s done really well. He’s had three interceptions in two games, and I’m sure he would like to improve that number. But take a couple bad plays out, and he’s played really good football.”
So has C.J. Anderson. The 25-year-old tailback has been an absolute workhorse this year, rushing 40 times for 166 yards – 4.2 yards per carry – and two touchdowns. He’s also hauled in seven passes for 66 yards and a touchdown.
“C.J.’s coming out with fire that I didn’t necessarily see him playing with last year,” Polumbus said. “C.J., he’s been the heart and soul of this team. He’s brought the spark offensively. In Game 1, the Broncos went about five or six straight passes to open up the game, and then they hand the ball off to C.J. and he rumbles off for 14 yards. He became the spark that the offense needed in Game 1. And then in Game 2, he just continued to do his thing. He is rumbling, he is rolling, he’s playing like one of the best running backs in the NFL right now.”
Denver (2-0) plays the Bengals (1-1) in Cincinnati this Sunday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.