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Broncos' Siemian wins starting QB battle

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(TSX / STATS) -- Trevor Siemian has won the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback battle over 2016 first-rounder Paxton Lynch, coach Vance Joseph announced Monday.

"Trevor was more consistent on what we asked those guys to do," Joseph said. "Trevor is the guy."

Siemian came off the bench in Saturday night's 33-14 preseason victory over the San Francisco 49ers and completed 8 of 11 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. Lynch went 9 of 13 for just 39 yards.

"Obviously, very excited," Siemian said after Monday's announcement. "I'm really just excited about moving forward, playing this week and starting the season off. I think we have a really special group. We have a good team. I'm excited to get to work."

During the 2017 preseason, Siemian has completed 14 of 18 passes for 144 yards with one touchdown, zero interceptions and a 118.5 passer rating. Lynch, meanwhile, went 15 of 22 for just 81 yards with a 74.2 passer rating.

"I was pleased with both guys, but overall the operation of the entire offense, the decision-making, ball placement was more consistent with Trevor -- that's why he won the job," Joseph said. "I met with those guys this morning -- they understood that, we just finished our team meetings so everyone is on the same page.

"We're all going to support Paxton moving forward. He's a young player, he's got a bright future still and in my opinion we have two quarterbacks. Most teams you can't say that and I firmly believe that."

In 2016, Siemian won a three-way battle with Lynch and Mark Sanchez when he was formally named the starter the Monday after the team's third preseason game.

Siemian threw for 3,401 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, going 8-6 as a starter last season.

Lynch said after Saturday's game he was trying not to get caught up in the speculation. Two days later, Lynch said he was accepting of the decision.

"Obviously I was very disappointed. I gave everything I had to go out there and win the job, but at the end of the day the coaches made a decision and now I'm at the point where I'm at," Lynch said. "I just have to prepare and be ready because a lot of guys in this league are always one play away from getting in, so that's how I'm going to prepare."

Updated August 21, 2017

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