America’s most popular sport is back in full effect as the Denver Broncos traveled to The Windy city to take on Chicago Bears Thursday night in both team’s first outing of the 2017 preseason.

Both quarterbacks pining for the starting job, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, looked solid, but not great, going 12-18 for 93 yards combined. Neither QB found the end zone and neither threw an interception. Head coach Vance Joseph was asked about the performance from his stable of quarterbacks after the game.

“I was satisfied. Trevor [Siemian] was solid,” Joseph stated. “He made some nice plays in the pass game. Paxton [Lynch] had some nice plays.”

With both Siemian and Lynch failing to reach the end zone, it would have to come down to the young guns to help Denver sneak away with the 24-17 victory—that is exactly what they did.

Here are our picks for Denver’s three stars from Thursday night.

Kyle Sloter

Kyle Sloter, and undrafted free-agent from the University of Northern Colorado entered Thursday’s game in which Denver was trailing 17-10. The only thing the former wideout did was rally the team to victory by completing the teams only touchdown pass to Isaiah McKenzie on a 47-yard bomb to tie the game at 17.

“That’s everything you dream of as a kid. Dropping back and throwing a touchdown in the National Football League and leading another one,” Sloter said after the win. “It was just a blessing to have an opportunity and be in this position. My teammates did a great job putting me in that position.”

The rookie went 5-6 for 94 yards and one touchdown good enough for a perfect passer rating of 158.3.

Cody Latimer

Cody Latimer has seen his fair share of ups and down here in the Mile High City, lingering somewhere between the third and fifth wide-out roster spot. Well, if Thursday is any indication of how bad he wants to see the field come September, Denver might just have a place for him yet. Latimer was literally all over Solider Field in the Broncos’ victory, pulling in all seven of his targets for 54 yards thrown from both Lynch and Sloter.

With the third receiver battle coming down to the wire, Latimer is making his case.

De’Angelo Henderson

When running back De’Angelo Henderson was taken in the sixth round of last year’s NFL draft, people called him a steal and compared “Hop” to Atlanta Falcons runner Devonta Freeman. After last night’s performance, it is easy to see why.

Late in the fourth quarter of a tie game, Sloter was able to march Denver up the field and let Henderson do the rest. No. 33 took off with 1:58 left in the fourth for a 41-yard go-ahead touch that would seal the victory for the Orange & Blue. His seven rushes for 57 yards led all running backs from both teams.

Dennis Best

Dennis is a Denver native and graduate of the Colorado Media School. He has been a Colorado sports fan his whole life and is excited to write about and study the Denver Broncos organization from the view point of an analyst.

  • Dennis, I have to wonder, though, about DeAngelo’s other six rushes–for a mere 16 yards? That’s not a great average. Would it be a sort of trade off, knowing that he has “home run” ability but won’t do much if he isn’t able to rip off the big run? Is that worth giving him ten carries a game? Just wondering.