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Vance Joseph on QB competition: 'The best guy will play'

INDIANAPOLIS —As the new league year approaches, Head Coach Vance Joseph reaffirmed his plan for an open competition at quarterback between last year's starter, Trevor Siemian, and first-round pick Paxton Lynch.

"It's going to be an open competition, and whoever wins the job, that's who's going to play," said Joseph during his media availability Wednesday at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. "That's as fair as it can be." 

Joseph, the first coach to speak Wednesday, said he has seen good things on film from the pair of quarterbacks who combined for nine wins in 2016.

That leaves the Broncos in a good position as they move ahead to 2017.

And while he has not chosen a starter, Joseph said Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy won't be limited in his ability to install the core of an offensive system.

"Most offenses have a foundation of run game and pass game that they want to implement in the offseason," Joseph said. "I think the problem with Paxton and Trevor [is] they're so different. Paxton is a tall, big-armed guy, athletic guy. Trevor is a fundamentally-sound [guy] — great footwork, great with the ball. He can really spin the ball as far as throwing the football." 

"So, they're different. So, I think Mike's challenge is finding an offense that fits both guys so that they can compete equally. That's the challenge for Mike." 

The best news for the Broncos may be that both quarterbacks should be healthy enough to compete for the job. 

Siemian, who won eight of his 14 starts in his first year as a starter, is expected to be ready for Organized Team Activities (OTAs) when they begin in May after having surgery on his non-throwing shoulder after last season. 

"Trevor's doing fine," Joseph said. "He's rehabbing every day in the building. He's on track for OTAs. It's a left-shoulder injury, so it's not his throwing shoulder. We feel good about OTAs for Trevor."

As Joseph looks ahead to the Broncos' quarterback competition, he said he's unsure whether Lynch, the 26th-overall pick in last year's draft, is prepared to take over as the team's starting quarterback.

"Is he ready? I'm not sure," Joseph said. "But obviously he's got great skills. He's a tall man with a big arm. Is he ready? That's a tough question. He had two starts last year."

If Lynch is to grab the starting job on a permanent basis, Joseph says he  needs to see more consistency from the former Memphis quarterback. 

"Playing quarterback in the NFL is about consistency," Joseph said. "Not turning the ball over, making throws, making good decisions — that's important to play quarterback in the NFL."

There's no timetable as Joseph looks for either Lynch or Siemian to take control.

"Whenever it happens, it happens," Joseph said. "The best guy will play."

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