The Denver Broncos named former Northwestern signal caller Trevor Siemian as their starting quarterback for the 2017 season over former Memphis gunslinger Paxton Lynch.


Siemian, a former 2015 seventh round draft pick, who the starting job last year after he beat out veteran Mark Sanchez.

Siemian split time with Lynch during Denver’s first two preseason games. And the Northwestern graduate has consistently outperformed his second year counterpart. This preseason, Siemian has gone 14 of 18 for 144 yards and a touchdown.

As a first year starter last season, Siemian led the Broncos to a 9-7 record. The 25-year-old finished the 2016 season with 3,401 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Entering his third NFL year, Siemian has proved himself a capable game manager, but he will need to push the ball downfield more often this season. However, he has proved to be more valuable than NFL evaluators originally perceived.