CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- When Gary Kubiak handed Trevor Siemian a game ball last Sunday, his teammates went crazy in celebration. Siemian's performance didn't just resonate, it verified what players witnessed all summer.
Forget where he was drafted -- the last quarterback chosen in 2015. Look past his underwhelming size. Siemian processes information faster than Intel and prepares and practices in a way that inspires confidence. Long before he won in Cincinnati, Siemian won over his teammates, including their most talented and visible, Von Miller. Miller explained in an exclusive interview with Denver7.
"Trevor was deserving of (the game ball), so it was like, 'finally.' That type of stuff is going to go a long way for Trevor. He has that aura about him," Miller said. "If you would have told me three years ago that after Peyton it’s going to be Trevor, and he’d be this good, I don’t think anyone could have predicted that. That just shows you the work he put in and the type of guy he is."
A lot of players roll up their sleeves in the NFL. It is a sport that devours its young, demanding full attention to detail. What separates Siemian is the 'It' factor. As the Broncos were evaluating the position during training camp, it came up repeatedly -- the idea that Siemian could lead and command the line of scrimmage. His college coach, Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald, believed Siemian would improve in the pro environment, something he doesn't recall thinking about any other player. Siemian could attack football exclusively. The results have been encouraging: a 3-0 start, success on third down and trust from his teammates.
"Not only does he look like a starting quarterback for our team, he has that elite feel about him. It was that same feeling that Peyton (Manning) had about him. He has a long way to go but I believe in Trevor all the way," Miller told Denver7. "He makes all the right decisions. He has a strong arm. I believe in him for sure."
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