ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Trevor Siemian will start at quarterback for the Denver Broncos in the Sept. 8 season opener against the Carolina Panthers, coach Gary Kubiak announced in a team meeting Monday morning.
Kubiak made the announcement just before the players broke off into position-group meetings.
“I think he’s earned the right to be our guy,” Kubiak said. “I go back and look at the body of work throughout the course of the offseason, watch training camp, throughout the preseason, how far he’s come. I watch how much he’s improved in my opinion, the grasp that he has with what we’re doing, to me he’s earned the right to go out there and be our starter.”
It is the next step in Siemian’s staggering offseason journey. The 2015 seventh-round pick — whose lone snap on the field last season was a kneel-down just before halftime in the Broncos’ Dec. 20 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers — will now succeed Peyton Manning.
The last time Siemian started a game, it was for Northwestern on Nov. 22, 2014 at Purdue.
“I need to get my ass out there on that field,” Ebron said Monday in his first comments since suffering a right ankle injury Aug. 6. “‘Cause I’m not a huge person that’s [into] watching. I like action. I like to be in action. It just sucks being on the sideline, man. It’s not my lifestyle. I wasn’t born for this. I wasn’t bred to do this, but I got to right now.”
Ebron said he and the Lions are taking things slowly as he recovers. That includes Ebron likely not playing in the preseason finale Thursday against the Buffalo Bills. Asked whether he would be out there in a game primarily used for backups and those trying to make one last roster push, he said, “Is Matt [Stafford] going to play on Thursday? You ain’t going to see Ebron if you don’t see Matt Stafford.”
The Panthers had been trying to hold Scifres out as he rehabbed offseason surgery on his left knee.
The Browns traded Lee three days after coach Hue Jackson jumped the 13-year veteran on the sideline for a lack of effort on trying to stop a return that went 73 yards for a touchdown.
“[It was] his pursuit. Let’s be very honest,” Jackson said after the game. “We’re out there to play. If there’s another guy that has the ball, your job is to go get it. The second time [on a long return] he did that, so that was improvement.
“That’s something to build on. The first time he understood in his conversation with me that’s not how we pursue it, and he made amends for that. So on we go.”
On Monday, the Browns moved on from Lee. And the Panthers found a huge missing piece to a puzzle they hope will result in a second straight trip to the Super Bowl.
Lee ranks sixth in the NFL all time in gross punting average (46.2 yards), eighth all time in net average (39.5) and ninth all time for punts inside the 20 (325).
He set Browns single-season records with a 46.7-yard gross average and 40.1-yard net average in 2015.
In 2011, Lee recorded the NFL’s second-best single-season net punting average (44.0). In 2007, he had 42 punts inside the 20, tied for third-best season in NFL history.
Lee also has ties to the Carolinas, growing up in Westminster, South Carolina, before playing collegiately at Pittsburgh.