Siemian to get second Broncos preseason start

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Trevor Siemian will start the Denver Broncos' third preseason game as head coach Gary Kubiak prepares to name his first-choice quarterback next week.

Siemian, Mark Sanchez and rookie Paxton Lynch are vying for the starting job following Peyton Manning's retirement and Brock Osweiler's departure from the defending Super Bowl champions.

Former seventh-round pick Siemian started on Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers, completing 10 passes for 75 yards but also throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown.

He will now get another chance to impress against a first-string defense on Saturday against the Los Angeles Rams, with Kubiak set to name his starter for the season opener with the Carolina Panthers soon after.

"I think Trevor did a good job the other night," Kubiak said.  "Obviously he has one play he'd like to have back, or it would have been as good as it could be.

"So I'm going to go back and give him a chance to do it again."

"We've got three quarterbacks, two of which weren't on this team last year," he added.

"One has one regular-season snap. So I knew this was going to take some time, and I think it's a credit to them in how well they've battled and pushed each other. 

"It's down to the nitty gritty here - I don't have to but I'm going to make a decision next week."

Sanchez and Lynch will also play versus the Rams but Kubiak did not disclose in what order.

Lynch has shown promise, while Sanchez has been hampered by turnovers - an interception and  two fumbles - in two exhibition games.

The Broncos' season opener with the Panthers, a rematch of last season's Super Bowl, takes place on September 8.