That means Gurley will have gone 23 days without any game action by the time he takes the field for the September 12 regular-season opener, on the road against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football.
Here are some of the key moments from my point of view from the third preseason game.
A recent NFL.com report indicates that Siemian is expected to start in Saturday’s preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams. The team would be charged with a $1 million “dead money” hit against its salary cap, but it would also save a seventh-round draft pick.
“When I went over to the sideline, coach Knapp was talking about speeding up the tempo a little bit and going some no-huddle”, Lynch explained.
After a minor setback on Tuesday, the Broncos’ quarterback was back to throwing passes on Wednesday. “I’m telling the truth”, he said when he was asked Thursday whether Paxton Lynch or Mark Sanchez would be the second quarterback in action Saturday. “Trevor did some good stuff and we finished up better”. Siemian drew the first-half work, while Lynch played after halftime.
A screen on third and 18 was perfectly executed, keeping the drive alive, and Ronnie Hillman popped it in from eight yards out for the score, putting the Broncos up 17-9.
As it turns out, Osweiler’s feelings were irreparably hurt when the team pulled him in favor of Manning, who had just returned to the team after rehabbing multiple injuries for close to two months, during their Week 17 game against the San Diego Chargers. Asked following Saturday’s game if he believed he would be named the starter, Siemian said: “I feel confident”. “I’ve gotten better each day”. But, those guys have been playing well, too in front of me. Now the Broncos are looking to Mark Sanchez and a host of other new QBs to try to fill the void as the preseason moved forward.
“Squandered an opportunity that game, ” he said. We still have to look at a lot of people. That’s never been my attitude. I know everybody says, ‘Dress rehearsal, ‘ but I don’t know if it’s like that any more.
Sanchez wouldn’t speculate when asked if this is his last chance to be a starter in the NFL. That’s the decision now weighing on Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak.
“That’s a big-picture question, ” he said.
The offensive line is still unsettled, most notably right guard. Kubiak said OL Darrion Weems is in the concussion protocol but is “doing well”. Weems is in the concussion protocol. We got too comfortable with that a year ago.
Super Bowl MVP Von Miller made a brief appearance last week at his outside linebacker spot. Kubiak pointed out how Siemian led a scoring drive following a drive that ended with his interception. “It’s very, very hard”, Kubiak said. C James Ferentz is out for a few weeks after having a knee scoped Monday.
“He just couldn’t throw, ” Kubiak said following practice.