ENGLEWOOD | Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch don’t need to worry about anyone but each other.
Heading into the zenith of their QB competition next week, they can rest assured the Broncos brass has their backs even as fans fret over the duo’s oft-times ho-hum jockeying for the job.
Neither quarterback was particularly inspiring in the Broncos’ 24-17 win at Chicago in their preseason opener Thursday night — particularly in comparison to Bears rookie Mitch Trubisky, who threw for 166 yards and led three scoring drives.
Siemian did nothing to loosen his grip on the job, and Lynch did nothing to bridge the gap. Neither one had a turnover or a touchdown.
Before the game, however, general manager John Elway again refuted a report that he’d been scouring other rosters for a passer. And after the game, coach Vance Joseph put the kibosh on the notion that Kyle Sloter had moved into the mix with his magnificent mop-up performance.
After Siemian and Lynch managed just three points on seven combined drives, Sloter led two long TD drives in the fourth quarter. He threw a 47-yard scoring pass to rookie Isaiah McKenzie and then handed off to rookie De’Angelo Henderson for a game-winning 41-yard scamper with 1:58 remaining.
Sloter’s passer rating was a perfect 158.3.
“It was awesome,” said Sloter, an undrafted rookie from Northern Colorado who’s been getting some snaps with the third-stringers only because seventh-round draft pick Chad…
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