The Denver Broncos parted ways with Peyton Manning’s backup Brock Osweiler in the off season whereupon he joined the Houston Texans. The Broncos then traded a conditional 2017 draft pick for Jets QB Mark Sanchez.
While Sanchez has been okay in preseason, it should be noted that he is going up against the Broncos starting cornerback, one of which, Bradley Roby, intercepted him twice and both times Sanchez was targeting receiver Emmanuel Sanders and both were returned for touchdowns. But, in seven on seven’s against the first team defense, Sanchez went 7-8 and 3-4 in the red zone for a touchdown.
“We’re playing against some of the best DBs in the league,” Sanchez said. “Roby’s been making some really great plays out there. That’s good. It’s good for us to see and good for us to learn from.”
Sanchez is competing against journeyman Trevor Siemian who has proven that he has what it takes…in practice.
“Practice is one thing, but you’ve got to be able to do your job when it matters in the games,” he said. “I know it’s preseason, but it’s a good opportunity for all of us, regardless of what group we’re going out with, to execute and carry over some of the things we’ve been working on out here.”
Also in the mix for a backup role is rookie Paxton Lynch who has shown off his wheels early on.
“That’s something that I stated picking up on (rushing/running) and feeling more comfortable with,” Lynch said. “If something’s not there the first, second, or third read, and I feel the pocket breaking down, I’ll get out and run with it like you would in the game.
It will be interesting to see the outcome and who will get the first snaps at the first preseason game this Thursday against the Chicago Bears. The Broncos then return home to Mile High to take on the San Francisco 49er’s on Saturday August 20th. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to grab yours today and help cheer on your Denver Broncos!!