ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Trevor Siemian will start at quarterback in the Denver Broncos’ third preseason game Saturday night against the Los Angeles Rams.
aid “I don’t envision that,” which suggests that whoever is named the starter for the season likely would sit that one out.
Kubiak also added Monday that he had planned for the possibility that the competition behind center could go this deep into the preseason.
“I expected it, I expected it,” Kubiak said. “We’ve got three quarterbacks, two of which weren’t on this team this year, and one … who has one regular-season snap. I knew this was going to take some time, and I think to a credit to them and how well they’ve battled and pushed each other.”
Why else would teams seek to trade for a player with his past and who is one more failed drug test away from another lengthy absence?
The Browns are not interested in trading Gordon. ESPN’s Adam Schefter made that clear in his report that several teams have called about acquiring Gordon. But to call about a player with Gordon’s baggage says something about the way Gordon is viewed around the league and how he has looked. Teams are not permitted to watch other teams practice, but word about players does filter out. And it must be positive about Gordon if there have been calls.
Gordon has been on the field for just a short time, but Sunday he snagged a ball that had tipped off a defender as he ran down the sideline. It appeared effortless — and was eyebrow-raising.
That being said, Gordon showed signs of being his old self for one game in 2014, then seemed to regress. The test for Gordon’s return comes in games, and over the long run.
The Browns may not be interested in trading Gordon, but they have to listen.
Gordon has potential every season to play the way he did in 2013, when he led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards.
But he’s also been completely undependable since that season.
Gordon was suspended the first 10 games of 2014, then played one good game in his return against Atlanta. After that, half-hearted barely begins to describe how he played. He finished with a team suspension when he didn’t show for the final walk-through.
He spent 2015 on the commissioner’s suspended list. When he initially applied for reinstatement in April, he was denied reinstatement after reports he failed a drug test because of diluted samples that also tested positive for marijuana. The level of marijuana did not meet the NFL’s threshold for suspension, but the diluted samples are considered the same as a positive test. Even when he was reinstated, he was suspended the first four games of the season.
“That’s something I feel comfortable in,” Prescott said. “That’s what I did all my college career, is moving the ball on the run, hurry-up offense. So anytime I get in that situation I get a little excited about it, and I just try to go out there and do my best.”
He finished the first half completing 15 of 19 passes for 106 yards. He played two series in the third quarter with the backups, calling it a night with 116 yards on 17-of-23 passing. He was sacked once and ran twice for 12 yards.
“I’m just amazed at the numbers of snaps and the quality snaps, and against the varied situations that he’s getting it against,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. “He got it in two-minute there right before the half. It’s just amazing that he’s going to get to come in here and finish up here next week and get those kinds of snaps. I said the other day, he’s going to end up with more snaps than Romo had his entire play time before he was the starting quarterback. By any rational thinking he should be getting better every situation, and so we’ve got him on what I have thought would’ve been two or three times as many snaps over a two, three-year period of ideal situations for a young quarterback getting in position to be a player.”
Given how Thursday turned out, the Cowboys might need him to be a player a lot sooner than in two or three years if Romo goes down in the regular season.
On the surface, a fifth-round pick for the former sixth pick in the draft doesn’t seem like much of a retrn. But, for a player who did not seem to have a place with the Browns, a fifth-round pick is a good trade.
It’s especially good because it adds to the pile of draft picks the Browns are amassing for the 2017 draft, on top of the 14 they amassed for the 2016 draft.