Bron­cos’ Siemian, Lynch start off-sea­son even but will another ar­rive?

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While their fans pon­der another vet­eran QB ar­rival such as Tony Romo this off-sea­son, the Den­ver Bron­cos say it’s a two-man race be­tween in­cum­bent Trevor Siemian and for­mer first-round pick Pax­ton Lynch.

“I’m happy with the guys we have,” new of­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor Mike McCoy said. “That is our No. 1 fo­cus right now to get the two quar­ter­backs that we have right now on our roster ready to play.”

Siemian was ready last year, Lynch not even close.

An af­ter­thought even when Pey­ton Man­ning re­tired and Brock Osweiler bolted, Siemian hand­ily beat out vet­eran Lynch, the for­mer Mem­phis star, and vet­eran Mark Sanchez in 2016.

Siemian went 8-6 as the starter and Lynch 1-1 in re­lief as the Bron­cos missed the play­offs a year af­ter win­ning Su­per Bowl 50.

Both men will find them­selves on equal foot­ing when the off-sea­son train­ing pro­gram be­gins in April. Lynch, how­ever, might be able to par­lay his pro­jected higher ceil­ing into an ad­van­tage.

Gen­eral man­ager John El­way told sports ra­dio 104.3 The Fan in Den­ver this week that the team was “re­ally ex­cited” for Lynch to com­pete for the start­ing job and that Lynch was “go­ing to be here and have a great ca­reer with the Den­ver Bron­cos for a long, long time.”

“Hope­fully we get proven right,” El­way said of the no­tion that Lynch is the fu­ture of the fran­chise. “Some­times ... it takes a while for the an­swers to play out. So, we’ll see what hap­pens.”

Siemian threw for 3,400 yards and 18 touch­downs last sea­son but shoul­der and foot in­juries lim­ited his mo­bil­ity and ac­cu­racy down the stretch. Lynch threw for 500 yards and two scores in three games.

Al­though Lynch was ef­fec­tive com­ing off the bench in Week 4 at Tampa Bay, he looked un­com­fort­able in a Week 5 loss to At­lanta and in a vic­tory at Jack­sonville in Week 13.

The Gary Ku­biak-Rick Den­ni­son regime didn’t put Lynch in his com­fort zone — the shot­gun — as much as he would have pre­ferred in those two starts, some­thing new coach Vance Joseph and McCoy seem more will­ing to do, judg­ing by McCoy’s com­ments this week.

“It’s our job in the next cou­ple of months to fig­ure out what each one of those guys do and take ad­van­tage of their strengths and try to min­i­mize their weak­nesses,” McCoy said Tues­day. “It’s go­ing to change, but they’re go­ing to start off on the same page in their play­book. We’ll fig­ure that out as time goes. We’ll see what th­ese two players do (well) and what do they like also.”

AP PHOTO

Den­ver Bron­cos quar­ter­back Trevor Siemian, front, throws a pass as rookie quar­ter­back Pax­ton Lynch looks on dur­ing an NFL prac­tice at the team’s head­quar­ters in June 2016 in Englewood, Colo.

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