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1. Handicap the Broncos QB competition for me. What are the strengths and weaknesses of each? I hear that Trevor Siemian is ahead of Paxton Lynch and will start against the Bears. If Siemian beats out Lynch, is it time to start calling Lynch a draft bust?

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Depending on who you talk to, the quarterback position is as it appears from the outside — a huge cluster. I don’t think it’s as ‘open’ as we’ve been led to believe. Though Trevor Siemian was last year’s starter and will have the first crack at it again this year, there will likely be some politics playing into the decision of who starts in 2017.

I think you can see where I’m going with this…

There are strong rumors right now that the job is Paxton Lynch’s, unless he falls flat on his face. Obviously as a former first round pick, the expectations are high. He’s been inconsistent in practices, but word out of Broncos camp is that he’s made the biggest ‘wow’ plays from the QB spot, where Siemian is more apt to play it safe.

The latter point could be what ultimately wins Siemian the job, but I think if these two are anywhere close throughout the preseason, the job will belong to Lynch. He has been named the starter for game two against San Francisco, a game that features intra-squad practices between the two teams. I think that speaks volumes to the opportunity this new staff is giving Lynch. He has to seize the opportunity.