QB ru­mors.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - — Nick Kos­mider, The Den­ver Post

Bron­cos coach Vance Joseph de­nies spec­u­la­tion that he has al­ready picked a start­ing quar­ter­back.

Bron­cos coach Vance Joseph shot down the idea Thurs­day that he al­ready has de­cided on a start­ing quar­ter­back.

Asked by a re­porter to re­spond to ru­mors that he has al­ready made a de­ci­sion be­tween Trevor Siemian and Pax­ton Lynch, Joseph chuck­led.

“No,” he said. “That did not hap­pen. It’s an open com­pe­ti­tion still. No one has been told they’re the starter. We’re still eval­u­at­ing these guys. Again, it’s been a grind of a week on both sides of the ball. We’re go­ing to play our (pre­sea­son game at Chicago) next Thurs­day and go from there (as to) who is go­ing to be the guy, but no one has been told.”

With the Bron­cos’ de­fense miss­ing cor­ner­back Aqib Talib, safety T.J. Ward, line­backer Todd Davis and nose tackle Do­mata Peko dur­ing a vet­eran rest day, Siemian and Lynch had pro­duc­tive stretches dur­ing Thurs­day’s prac­tice.

“Them guys are out there com­pet­ing, man,” Talib said of the quar­ter­backs. “They are go­ing back and forth. It’s go­ing to be a tough de­ci­sion. I’m not part of the de­ci­sion, so (gen­eral man­ager) John (El­way) and Coach Joseph and (of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor) Mike (McCoy), good luck.”

Siemian and Lynch are ex­pected to take equal snaps with the first-team of­fense dur­ing the Bron­cos’ first scrim­mage Satur­day, which Joseph said will con­sist 36 to 40 to­tal plays.

Charles mak­ing strides.

Ja­maal Charles did Thurs­day what he’s of­ten done well dur­ing his dec­o­rated ca­reer: he got lost.

Charles floated out of the back­field dur­ing an 11-on-11 ses­sion and darted up the side­line on a crisp wheel route. Pax­ton Lynch hit the vet­eran run­ning back in stride for a big gain.

It was Charles’ se­cond straight prac­tice par­tic­i­pat­ing in full­team drills, and Joseph said he’s im­pressed with the strides be­ing made by the 10-year vet­eran, who signed a one-year deal with the Bron­cos in May and is work­ing his way back from mul­ti­ple knee surg­eries.

“With Ja­maal get­ting more team reps and get­ting more 7on-7 reps, you can see his play­mak­ing abil­ity,” Joseph said. “You could see it even to­day with the wheel route, as a re­ceiver he’s go­ing to be key for us. In my opin­ion, to use Ja­maal in a cer­tain role, that will help keep him healthy. If we can get 10 to 12 spe­cialty plays per game for Ja­maal — screens and wheel routes and out­side runs — that’s go­ing to make us a bet­ter foot­ball team.”

Foot­notes.

Run­ning back Bernard Pierce (ham­string) missed prac­tice. … Lineback­ers Von Miller and Bran­don Mar­shall, wide re­ceiver Em­manuel San­ders and de­fen­sive end Derek Wolfe will all re­ceive a rest day Fri­day.

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