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.

2016: Late And Behind

My mother always told me that if I don’t have anything nice to say it, don’t say anything at all. Trevor Siemian shows quality athleticism and he’s a capable-scrambler.

If my mother were operating this website, that would be the end of it. Luckily she’s not, and there’s plenty more to say about the Northwestern-product.

There’s a reason Siemian was a seventh-round draft choice and a practice-squad member as a rookie – there just isn’t an NFL-talent there. He’s slow in everything he does from processing post-snap, recognizing the rush, anticipating route-combinations and his throws, my goodness his throws are behind more often than not. Of the 29 graded quarterbacks in 2016, he recorded one of only two negatively-scored games.

He doesn’t offer a savvy within the pocket, which is to be expected with a young-player, but for a guy with his athleticism, he succumbs to a lot of easy-sacks and tucks his head at the first sight of pressure.

His eyes are as telling as anyone in the league. He will stare at his options and never uses head-movement to displace the defense. Beyond that, he neglects open-targets down the field and there are numerous occasions where the talented-Broncos receivers visibly express their frustration.

Siemian is smooth from a technical stand-point. When he’s comfortable, he bounces around and keeps himself squared up ready to attack down the field, the problem is that he’s just not a threat to do so.

It’s really nothing personal against the kid, he just doesn’t have what it takes to play at this level.

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