The Denver Broncos got off to a great start in Week 1, beating the Carolina Panthers, 21-20, in a rematch of Super Bowl 50. But if you’re ready to anoint Trevor Siemian the next Peyton Manning, well, slow down.
Siemian was solid in his debut, going 18-of-26 for 178 yards and a touchdown, but he also had two interceptions. If the Broncos intend to win with defense and field position, Siemian – not to mention rookie Devontae Booker, who fumbled on his first NFL carry – must take care of the football.
“I give him probably a B-minus,” two-time Super Bowl champion Terrell Davis said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones, when asked to grade Siemian’s first NFL start. “He had the turnovers, which he has to clean up a little bit. The tipped pick was probably not on him. I’d maybe get a little bit more air on the ball, but the good thing about it was they got the win.”
Siemian, to his credit, moved the chains and kept drives alive Thursday night. He spread the ball well, with Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas, C.J. Anderson and Virgil Green all finishing with between four and five catches. Siemian also showed solid mobility, rushing five times for 20 yards.
While there is certainly room for improvement, Siemian has plenty of time to get there – though he may want to get there quickly. Denver hosts Indianapolis (0-1) this Sunday before playing at Cincinnati (1-0) on Sept. 25 and at Tampa Bay (1-0) on Oct. 2.
“He’s got some tape now, he can go back and work on some of the stuff and clean up the mistakes he made in that first game, but I’m a big fan of Trevor,” Davis said. “I think Gary Kubiak and John Elway really have put this young man in a position to be successful. Good defense, they ran the ball well, I’m excited about where the Broncos are going the year.”