2017 Grade: .358
2017 3rd Down: .212
Week 1 vs. Los Angeles Chargers: Siemian’s night was punctuated by a couple of highlight reel plays (running and throwing), but weighed down by some poor decisions. Throwing the ball away on the final drive instead of sliding to keep the clock ticking, an ill-advised throw into coverage on a busted screen play, and stepping into a sack that knocked the Broncos out of field goal range late. His touchdown run and a shot up the seam to Virgil Green were flashes, but he has to cut out the bone-headed mistakes.
Week 2 vs. Dallas: Touchdown passes are often used as the measuring stick for success. Sometimes, touchdowns are the easiest throws. That was the case for Trevor Siemian three times on Sunday (peel back routes off play-pass with wide open targets, and a busted coverage.) Still, the third year pro was on-point, particularly with touch passes, and throwing the ball over the middle of the field. His growth from year one, despite a couple more misfires, has been noticeable in the early going.
Week 3 at Buffalo: Siemian was sharp for the second consecutive game with the exception of four atrocious plays. Both of his interceptions were egregious throws/decisions, the fourth down play at the end of the game was a clear-cut miss, and the failed deep ball to Emanuel Sanders was woefully under-thrown. Outside of those plays, he was accurate, poised and commanded the game regardless of down and distance. If he lays the pass to Sanders out in front of him, the outcome of this game is probably different.
Week 4 vs. Oakland: Nothing about Trevor Siemian’s game is great, but plenty of it is good. That, mixed with a top-shelf defense, and a quality ground game, is a terrific recipe for success. The ball doesn’t explode off of his hand, he doesn’t have plus athleticism, but short area efficiency has improved, his touch passing is more than adequate, and he drives the Broncos bus pretty well.
Week 6 vs. New York Giants: Trevor Siemian is a decent player that might start for a lot of years in the league. Still, he’s a limited player that has a penchant for some mind-boggling mistakes. His strong suit is his studious nature, but the pick six he threw to Eli Apple was an indication that he had no idea what defense the Giants were in. Mix in some questionable accuracy and limited arm-talent, and you get a bottom tier NFL starter.