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Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak announced Thursday morning that Trevor Siemian would be given the start at quarterback for Denver’s second preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers.

“Trevor will start,” he said. “He and Mark [Sanchez] will play consistently the same amount, which I’d like to tell you will be a quarter and a half, but probably more of a play count type of deal.”

Does this finally prove that it’s truly an open and even competition?

“Yeah no doubt,” Kubiak said. “I’ve been splitting it right down the middle, and Mark started last week so they should both play with the ones somehow some way this week, I would think. We’ll see how the reps pan out.”

While many will look at the stat sheet to grade the QBs, that’s certainly not all that will be evaluated.

“I’m looking at everything,” the head coach explained. “Leadership and how they handle the team. Obviously, you want to make them each make the same amount of decisions. . . I just watch their decision-making process and those type of things.”

Kubiak is still unsure though whether or not this second game against the 49ers will provide enough assurance in one guy or the other to name a starter heading into the 2016 season.

“Would I like to [name a starter after the game]? Yeah,” he said. “Will I? I don’t know; we’ll see.”

Rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch will pick up the remaining work under center on Saturday after Siemian and Sanchez have received their allotted reps.

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Dustin Thomason

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