Siemian to Start for Broncos This Week

Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak is planning to start quarterback Trevor Siemian this week. At the same press conference, Kubiak said he wants to choose a starting quarterback before the Broncos’ fourth preseason tilt.

Siemian is competing with Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch. Siemian, a 2015 seventh round pick, is the only quarterback on the roster who played with the Broncos last year. Sanchez signed with Denver this offseason, and Lynch was the Broncos’ first round pick this year.

Through two games, Siemian has done a better job than Sanchez at protecting the football. Both have thrown one interception, but Sanchez has lost two fumbles. Lynch is the dark horse because he lacks experience. Whichever quarterback makes fewer mistakes is likely to win the job, and thus far, Siemian is outpacing Sanchez and Lynch in that category.

Bosa, Chargers Have Talked This Week

San Diego Chargers rookie defensive end Joey Bosa and the Chargers have talked this week, per USA Today Sports. Bosa has yet to report to training camp because of a contract dispute.

The Chargers want to defer $7 million of the signing bonus until next March, and want to include offset language in the deal. In other words, the Chargers want to be financially protected if they release Bosa during this contract deal and he signs with another team.

Bosa’s missed reps are piling up to the point where it may affect his rookie season. The fact that the two sides are talking is a positive sign the deal will get done soon, but if Bosa is missing from training camp for even longer, the lack of practice could show on Sundays.

Debating Points: Johnson’s Expectations

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson had a productive rookie season last year. He emerged as a three-down back over the course of the regular season. He totaled 125 carries, 581 rushing yards (4.6 yards/carry), eight rushing touchdowns, 36 receptions, 457 receiving yards (12.7 yards/catch), and four receiving touchdowns.

Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said Johnson is “probably the best receiving back I’ve seen,” per  To say the least, Johnson’s expectations are very high.

Johnson’s ceiling is probably somewhere around 100 receptions. A 100-reception season for a running back isn’t too far-fetched. In 2014, then-Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte totaled 102 receptions. Johnson should be north of 1200 rushing yards, and could eclipse 15 total touchdowns.

Bills, Taylor Agree to Extension

The Buffalo Bills and quarterback Tyrod Taylor agreed to a six-year, $92 million extension, which is worth up to $112 million if Taylor gets paid all of the incentives, per reports.

Taylor spent his first four years in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, and did not see much playing time. In 2015, he signed a three-year contract that could have been voided into a two-year deal with the Bills.

Last season, Taylor went 7-6 as a starter, and completed 242 passes on 380 completions (63.7% completion rate) for 3035 yards, 20 touchdowns, and six interceptions. He added 568 rushing yards on 104 carries (5.5 yards/attempt) and four rushing touchdowns.

It looks like the Bills have finally found their franchise quarterback. The Bills hope Taylor can lead them to the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

Sanchez to Start Denver’s Preseason Opener

The Denver Broncos will start quarterback Mark Sanchez over QB Trevor Siemian when the Broncos open up their preseason against the Chicago Bears this Thursday, per the team’s official website.

Sanchez, who was signed this offseason, has the most experience of the Broncos’ signal callers by a large margin. Sanchez has 72 career regular season starts and six in the postseason. Siemian, a 2015 seventh round pick, has yet to attempt a regular season pass. 2016 first round pick QB Paxton Lynch is working with the third team to develop.

Sanchez is the favorite to win the job. The Broncos have their quarterback of the future in Lynch, and until he’s ready, it’ll either be Sanchez or Siemian at the helm.

Cardinals Sign Fitzgerald, Palmer to One-Year Extensions

The Arizona Cardinals signed quarterback Carson Palmer and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to one-year extensions, per a report. Palmer’s extension is worth $24.35 million, and Fitzgerald’s extension is worth $11 million.

The Cardinals should be contending for Super Bowls in the next two years. With Palmer at quarterback and with Fitzgerald at wideout, the Cardinals are one of the top teams in the league.

Palmer is 36 and Fitzgerald is 32, so the time for this duo to win a Super Bowl is sooner rather than later.

Mathieu, Cardinals Strike Extension

The Arizona Cardinals and defensive back Tyrann Mathieu have agreed to a 5-year deal worth $62.5 million ($40 million guaranteed), per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Mathieu is one of the most versatile players in the entire league. He can play a number of positions and is a leader on and off the field. In college, Mathieu was dismissed from the football team for violating team rules, and he was arrested in the fall of 2012 before being selected in the third round of the draft in 2013. Now, Mathieu is a role model.

Mathieu was elected to his first Pro Bowl in 2015, but couldn’t play due to a torn ACL.


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