CHICAGO — Of the Broncos’ three active quarterbacks, only one threw a touchdown pass Thursday in the team’s preseason-opening victory against the Bears.
And it wasn’t one of the two contending for the starting gig.
Kyle Sloter, an undrafted free agent out of the University of Northern Colorado, was added to the Broncos’ roster for camp competition and depth, but proved he could be much more in Chicago. In his lone quarter of play, Sloter completed five of six passes for 94 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown to rookie receiver Isaiah McKenzie. On his final series, he led the Broncos on a four-play drive that was capped by a 41-yard go-ahead touchdown run by De’Angelo Henderson.
Sloter’s passer rating? A perfect 158.3.
“It was awesome,” he said. “That’s everything you dream of as a kid. Dropping back and throwing a touchdown in the National Football League and leading another one. It was just a blessing to have an opportunity and be in this position.”
His performance raised eyebrows — and the question of whether he should be included in the Broncos’ QB race.
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“As a starter for us? ” Joseph said, seemingly baffled by the question. “No. We’ve got Trevor (Siemian) and we’ve got Paxton (Lynch), who we’re satisfied with. They’re both playing good football. Outside of the penalties tonight, I was impressed with both guys. So, no.”
What about giving Sloter some second-team reps?
“No,” Joseph said. “It’s Trevor’s and Paxton’s job, first and second team.”
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