By John Glennon
Talk about a high-pressure situation.
In 2016, the Denver Broncos were in search of a starting quarterback, one who would face a formidable challenge – filling the shoes of Peyton Manning, the future Hall of Famer who'd guided the franchise to a Super Bowl victory in his final NFL season.
The candidates? Two former first-round draft picks – veteran Mark Sanchez and rookie Paxton Lynch – along with some young kid named Trevor Siemian, a second-year quarterback out of Northwestern who'd been taken with the 250th overall pick of the 2015 draft.
The winner? It was Siemian in a stunner, staking his claim to the job so successfully the Broncos released Sanchez before the 2016 season started.
But what might have been even more impressive was the success that Siemian, who didn't throw a single pass during his rookie season, found as the Broncos' starter in 2016. He posted a record of 8-6 as a starter that year, completing 60 percent of his passes and throwing for 18 touchdowns versus just 10 interceptions. Siemian's performance even earned him Pro Bowl-alternate honors.
Not too shabby for a quarterback who – after tearing his ACL as a senior in 2014 – seriously contemplated hanging up the cleats and opting for a career in the commercial real-estate field.
So just how did Siemian manage to put together such a solid . . .
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