Former UNC quarterback Kyle Sloter impresses in Denver Broncos' preseason game

Ruben Hill
August 12, 2017

Mastery of the playbook has yet to come for most, but the first preseason game changes the tenor and expectations.

The Denver Broncos are "aggressively pursuing" a trade for Cincinnati Bengals quarterback A.J. McCarron, sources tell 104.3 The Fan's Sandy Clough. And the plan is to continue to let Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch compete through the coming week, which will include two days of full practices at the team's suburban Denver complex, two days of joint practices against the San Francisco 49ers and the August 19 preseason game at the 49ers.

At age 26, McCarron would likely become not only the Broncos quarterback of the present but possibly the man under center for years to come, should he land in Denver.

The Broncos gathered some additional information Thursday against the Bears.

After that 7-yard sack to start the game, though, Siemian settled in, leading the first-team offense into Bears territory on two of his three drives under center.

Also, the Broncos would be dealing with Bengals owner and lead executive Mike Brown, whom put the brakes on Denver bringing in Vance Joseph as defensive coordinator ahead of the 2015 season.

Then the Broncos coaches will step back and take a long look as Joseph decides when and whether to name a starter then.

But the same word can not be said about Denver's two quarterbacks competing for the starting job.

"I think everybody is on top of it, but just like I said, the first preseason game, you don't really get to game-plan as much as you wish you could", Lynch said.

Siemian ended his night 6-of-7 passing for 51 yards after getting sacked on his first play of the game. However, although it wasn't flashy, Siemian controlled the ball and showed the coaches he has the composure to be a starting quarterback. When he targeted Latimer, he was 5-for-5 for 28 yards.

Lynch finished the night 6-of-9 passing for 42 yards.

After the third drive, Siemian's day was done.

Siemian played 22 snaps and Lynch played 21.

It was a seven play, 64 yard drive.

In an underwhelming performance from both quarterbacks - at least in big, eye-popping plays - the play of the day goes to a wide open pass from the third quarterback, Sloter. As was evident to all that watched, they young quarterback still has a significant way to go.

If Sloter-to-McKenzie develops into a trend as the play of the day, it will either be one of the most unexpected stories in Denver sports history, or awful news for the Broncos' quarterback competition.

The Broncos still have options at right tackle in Ty Sambrailo and Donald Stephenson, who entered Thursday's game competing for the swing tackle role.

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