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Broncos starting QB since Peyton Manning: Where are they now?

Broncos starting QB since Peyton Manning: Where are they now?

The Broncos have gone through several starting quarterbacks since Peyton Manning retired after the team’s Super Bowl 50 victory. Eleven to be exact.

From Trevor Simien to Teddy Bridgewater, here’s a look at who he is, how he fared in the role, and where he is today:

Trevor Simian

John Leyba, The Denver Post

Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Simian (13) throws a pass to overtake Devonte Booker (23) during the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Denver, Colorado.

How he landed with the Broncos: Siemian was selected in the seventh round (250th pick overall) by the Broncos in 2015.

How he fared in Denver: Simien played 25 games, making 24 starts for the Broncos, giving him a 13–11 record. He completed 59.3% of his passes for 5,686 yards, 30 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. He was traded to the Vikings along with a 2018 seventh-round pick after the 2017 season for a 2019 fifth-round pick. The fifth round pick will be used to select linebacker Justin Hollins.

where is he now: Simian, 29, opened the 2021 season as an intense quarterback for the Saints, but earned the top spot in Week 8 after suffering a torn ACL from Jameis Winston. New Orleans suffered a double-point loss on their next two starts. In the season, he has completed 57.7% of his passes for 706 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions.

paxton lynch

Quarterback Paxton Lynch #12 ...

Shaban Atuman, The Denver Post

Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch (12) makes a pass in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings at Mile High Stadium in Denver on August 11, 2018.

How he landed with the Broncos: The Memphis standout was selected by the Broncos in the first round (26th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. “He was the man,” general manager John Elway said after selecting Lynch. “And we’re thrilled to have him.”

How he fared in Denver: Lynch didn’t live up to his first-round promotion in Denver, playing just five games (starting at four) in his two seasons with the Broncos. He had a 1-3 record, completing 61.7% of passes for 792 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. He was cut before the start of the 2018 season.

where is he now: After stopping in Seattle and Pittsburgh, the 27-year-old quarterback is looking to rekindle his football career in the CFL, where he is the third-string quarterback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. “I’m definitely not playing football to make a lot of money. I’m playing football because I love it,” Lynch told the Regina Leader-Post on Nov. 5.

brock osweiler

Denver Broncos Quarterback Brock Osweiler (17)...

John Leyba, The Denver Post

Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) shakes hands to rear CJ Anderson (22) during the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 14, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

How he landed with the Broncos: Osweiler was originally selected by Denver in the second round (57th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. After his Super Bowl 50 victory, he signed a four-year, $72 million deal with the Houston Texans. He was traded to Cleveland a year later but was released before the start of the 2018 season. Shortly after Lynch suffered a shoulder injury, he re-signed with Denver.

How he fared in Denver: His second stint with the Broncos was not as memorable as his first. He played in six games (starting with four) and finished with a 0–4 record on his debut. He finished the year completing 55.8% of his passes for 1,088 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions.

where is he now: Osweiler, 30, is retired and watching a lot of football.

case keyname

Denver'S Case Keyname (4) ...

Joe Amon, The Denver Post

Denver Broncos Case Keenum (4) threw deep under pressure from Melvin Ingram (54) of the Los Angeles Chargers during the second quarter. The Denver Broncos host the Los Angeles Chargers at Broncos Stadium in Mile High on Sunday, December 30, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

How he landed with the Broncos: Keenum signed a two-year, $36 million deal with Denver before the start of the 2018 season.

How he fared in Denver: Keenum became the first quarterback since Peyton Manning’s 2014 season to start every game in a season. He got off to a strong start, giving Denver a 2–0 start, but the team finished the season 6–10. Keenum completed 62.3% of his passes for 3,890 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He was traded along with a seventh-round pick to Washington for a sixth-round pick after the end of the season.

where is he now: Keenum, 33, is the backup quarterback for Brown. He started a game in Week 7, leading Cleveland to a 17–14 win over the Broncos.

Joe Flaco

Denver'S Joe Flaco (5) ...

Aaron Ontiroj, The Denver Post

Joe Flaco (5) of the Denver Broncos throws against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter on Sunday, October 13, 2019.

How he landed with the Broncos: The former Super Bowl MVP was traded to Denver in February 2019 for a fourth-round draft pick.

How he fared in Denver: Flacco started eight games before the Broncos placed him on injured reserve for a herniated disc in his neck. Denver went 2-6 on his debut where he completed 65.3% of his passes for 1,822 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions.

where is he now: Flaco, 36, is in his second season as the Jets’ backup quarterback.

Drew Lock

Denver'S Drew Locke (3) ...

Aaron Ontiroj, The Denver Post

Drew Locke (3) of the Denver Broncos walks after making a nifty move to avoid being dropped by Chris Garrett (48) of the Los Angeles Rams during the second quarter at Empower Field in Mile High on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

How he landed with the Broncos: Locke was selected out of Missouri in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.

How he fared in Denver: Locke made his debut in week 13 during his rookie season. In his five starts, he helped the Broncos to a 4–1 record to close the season. He started 13 games in 2020

where is he now: Locke, 25, is the Broncos’ backup for Teddy Bridgewater after losing a quarterback fight in the preseason.

Brandon Allen

Brandon Allen (2) Of Denver ...

Aaron Ontiroj, The Denver Post

Brandon Allen (2) of the Denver Broncos reacts to a quick touchdown by Andy Janovich (32) against the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter on Sunday, November 17, 2019.

How he landed with the Broncos: Allen was claimed exemption from the Rams before the start of the 2019 season.

How he fared in Denver: He made his three-game debut for the Broncos in Week 9 of the 2019 season after Flacco suffered a season-ending injury. He won his first game and lost the other two, completing 46.4% of passes for 515 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

where is he now: The 29-year-old Allen is the backup for the Bengals starting quarterback Joe Burrow.

Jeff Driskell

Denver Broncos Quarterback Jeff Driskell (9)...

Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Denver Broncos quarterback Jeff Driskell (9) throws an unfinished pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second quarter at Heinz Field on September 20, 2020.

How he landed with the Broncos: Driskell signed with Denver as a free agent ahead of the 2020 season.

How he fared in Denver: Driscoll made his first appearance in Week 2 of the 2020 season after Drew Locke injured his shoulder at the start of the game against the Steelers. He started in Week 3 in an attempt to lose to the Buccaneers but was pulled in the fourth quarter. In three appearances (one start), he completed 54.7% of his passes for 432 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

where is he now: Driskell, 28, is the third-row quarterback for the Texans behind Tyrod Taylor and Davis Mills.

brett rapian

Denver Broncos Qb Brett Rapian (4) ...

Hyong Chang, The Denver Post

Denver Broncos QB Brett Raipian (4) in action during the fourth quarter of a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Empower Field on Sunday, September 27, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. Tampa Bay won 28–10.

How he landed with the Broncos: Rippian landed with the Broncos in 2019 as a draft free agent.

How he fared in Denver: He came to the relief of Jeff Driskell in Week 3 of the 2020 season during Denver’s loss to Tampa Bay. He started in Week 4, leading the Broncos to a 37–28 road win against the Jets. In his two appearances, he completed 67.5% of his passes for 295 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.

where is he now: Rippian, 25, is the Broncos’ third-string quarterback behind Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Locke.

Kendall Hinton

Kendall Hinton Of Denver (2) ...

Aaron Ontiroj, The Denver Post

Kendall Hinton (2) of the Denver Broncos breaks a pocket against the New Orleans Saints during the first half on Sunday, November 29, 2020.

How he landed with the Broncos: Hinton signed on as an adraft free agent in April 2020. He was waived before the start of the season, but was signed to the practice squad in November.

How he fared in Denver: Hinton was a quarterback in Wake Forest but was speculated to be a receiver in the NFL. He became the Broncos’ emergency starter in Week 12 of the 2020 season, after all four Denver quarterbacks were disqualified to play due to COVID-19 protocols. He completed 1 of 9 passes for 13 yards and two interceptions in a 31-3 loss to the Saints.

where is he now: Hinton has emerged as a credible threat to the Broncos’ receiving corps. During Week 10, he has 12 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown.

teddy bridgewater

Denver'S Teddy Bridgewater (5) ...

Aaron Ontiroj, The Denver Post

Teddy Bridgewater (5) of the Denver Broncos throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half at AT&T Stadium on Sunday, November 7, 2021.

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