In most preseasons, that’s what this week’s third exhibition game amounts to, the truest litmus test of where a quarterback situation stands, and the most impactful opportunity to make a pitch for a starting job. As expected, this week could have significant ramifications all over the NFL. Certainly they won’t be the only situations working themselves out in the third preseason games.
The San Francisco 49ers are halfway through their preseason schedule, coming off a win over the Denver Broncos. They host the Green Bay Packers later this week in what is viewed as the dress rehearsal game. They then close out the preseason on the road against the San Diego Chargers. Jason Hurley is back with his second 53-man roster projection (his first). He has put together a look at the full roster, factoring in all the salary cap implications. He has listed every player with their cap hit and the dead money the 49ers would accrue this year if they release the player. He has split it up into his 53-man roster (plus suspended Aaron Lynch), injured reserve players, practice squad, and dead
When I went to Denver to see the Denver Broncos early in training camp, there were a lot of whispers that Trevor Siemian might end up being the starting quarterback. What? Who? Heading into that trip, I thought it was a bunch of hype, not much more than a staff trying to help a young kid gain confidence. Then I watched practice. He seemed poised and understood the system. His throws were accurate. And he had a better arm than Mark Sanchez , the player who was presumed to be the starting quarterback. Fast forward to this past Saturday. Siemian made his first NFL start for the Broncos of any kind against the San Francisco 49ers , and for most of his time on the field he was outstanding. One problem: