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Broncos QBs, cornerbacks play roster roulette before pre-season opener in Chicago

Nick Kosmider
The Denver Post

The Denver Broncos open the 2017-18 pre-season against the Chicago Bears in Chicago today (Aug. 10). Coverage begins at 6 p.m. on NFL Network.

Being the highest NFL draft pick in the history of Lamar University is a cherished feat for Brendan Langley.

When the Broncos selected the cornerback in the third round of the draft in April (No. 101 overall), he immediately thought of those at the Football Championship Subdivision school who dotted the circuitous path to his dream.

And not just his teammates and coaches.

"Lamar's done a lot for me, the university as a whole," said Langley, who played his freshman season at the University of Georgia before transferring to the much smaller school in Beaumont, Texas. "It was down to the lunch ladies, the classroom teachers and everybody else. Lamar will always have a special place in my heart, and it means a lot to me to be the highest draft pick from there."

Now, Langley is trying to put Lamar more prominently on the map as he fights for the fourth cornerback spot in the Broncos' vaunted No-Fly Zone secondary. He was listed in that spot on the team's initial depth chart, which was released Monday, though coach Vance Joseph said Langley and third-year player Lorenzo Doss are running virtually even.

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"He's growing," Broncos defensive coordinator Joe Woods said of Langley. "The biggest thing for him is he has everything you want. He has the size and speed. We know he's tough. The biggest thing for him is it's a learning curve. We're exposing him to different defenses than he ran in college. So for him, each day he gets a little bit better. I know from my experience of coaching guys like (Minnesota Vikings cornerback) Xavier Rhodes, same type of guy, each day he's going to become a better player."

Part of the learning curve is simply growing more comfortable as a cornerback. The switch to Lamar from the bright lights of the SEC — a fateful decision, Langley said, that centered on prayer — may not have been the most conventional path to the league, but it gave Langley the chance to return to his roots as a defensive back.

Read on for the complete article from The Denver Post.

Lynch or Siemian?

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch both get to show off their closing skills now.

Siemian can close out the Denver Broncos’ QB competition this week and next.

Lynch can close in on Siemian in exhibition games at Chicago and San Francisco sandwiched around a pair of practices with the 49ers.

While offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said everything is being factored into the equation, from questions the two QBs ask in the film room to the way they led the team at practice over the first 11 days of training camp, “you really look at the games.”

After a slow start, Siemian started to separate himself from Lynch over the last week as he strung together better decisions, coverage reads and pinpoint throws while Lynch struggled to find both consistency and his receivers and kept making mistakes, like throwing the ball away on fourth down when Emmanuel Sanders was covered in the end zone.

Siemian will start Thursday night (Aug. 10) against the Bears and play up to a quarter and a half. Paxton, who will start against the 49ers, will get the next quarter and a half and undrafted rookie Kyle Sloter will finish up.

— The Associated Press

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2017-18 Denver Broncos schedule

Pre-season

Aug. 10 — at Chicago Bears, 6 p.m.

Aug. 19 — at San Francisco 49ers, 8 p.m.

Aug. 26 — vs. Green Bay Packers, 7 p.m.

Aug. 31 — vs. Arizona Cardinals, 7 p.m.

Regular season

Sept. 11 — vs. San Diego Chargers, 8:20 p.m.

Sept. 17 — vs. Dallas Cowboys, 2:25 p.m.

Sept. 24 — at Buffalo Bills, 11 a.m.

Oct. 1 — vs. Oakland Raiders, 2:25 p.m.

BYE

Oct. 15 — vs. New York Giants, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 22 — at San Diego Charger, 2:25 p.m.

Oct. 30 — at Kansas City Chiefs, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 5 — at Philadelphia Eagles, 11 a.m.

Nov. 12 — vs. New England Patriots, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 19 — vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 2:25 p.m.

Nov. 26 — at Oakland Raiders, 2:25 p.m.

Dec. 3 — at Miami Dolphins, 11 a.m.

Dec. 10 — vs. New York Jets, 2:05 p.m.

Dec. 14 — at Indianapolis Colts, 6:25 p.m.

Dec. 24 — at Washington Redskins, 11 a.m.

Dec. 31 — vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 2:25 p.m.