UNC prod­uct Sloter passes first pro test im­pres­sively

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nicki Jhab­vala

CHICAGO» Of the Bron­cos’ three ac­tive quar­ter­backs, only one threw a touch­down pass Thurs­day in the team’s preseason-open­ing vic­tory against the Bears.

And it wasn’t one of the two con­tend­ing for the start­ing gig.

Kyle Sloter, an un­drafted rookie from North­ern Colorado, was added to the Bron­cos’ ros­ter for camp com­pe­ti­tion and depth, but proved in Chicago that he could be much more. In his lone quar­ter of play, Sloter com­pleted 5-of-6 passes for 94 yards, in­clud­ing a 47yard touch­down to rookie wide re­ceiver Isa­iah McKen­zie. On his fi­nal se­ries, he led the Bron­cos on a four-play drive that was capped by a 41-yard, goa­head touch­down run by De’An­gelo Hen­der­son.

Sloter’s passer rat­ing? A per­fect 158.3.

“It was awe­some,” he said. “That’s ev­ery­thing you dream of as a kid. Drop­ping back and throw­ing a touch­down in the Na­tional Foot­ball League and lead­ing an­other one. It was just a bless­ing to have an op­por­tu­nity and be in this po­si­tion.”

His per­for­mance raised eye­brows — and the ques­tion of whether he should be in­cluded in the Bron­cos’ QB race.

“As a starter for us?” coach Vance Joseph said, seem­ingly baf­fled by the ques­tion. “No. We’ve got Trevor (Siemian) and we’ve got Pax­ton (Lynch), who we’re sat­is­fied with. They’re both play­ing good foot­ball. Out­side of the penal­ties tonight, I was im­pressed with both guys. So, no.”

What about giv­ing Sloter some sec­ond-team reps?

“No,” Joseph said. “It’s Trevor’s and Pax­ton’s job, first and sec­ond team.”

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