ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Finally, let the Denver Broncos’ quarterback battle truly begin.
The trio of contenders vying to replace Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler is complete, with rookie Paxton Lynch having joined Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian after the draft. And now, all three are healthy and ready to evenly split the first-team repetitions during voluntary spring practices this week and at the mandatory minicamp next week.
Sanchez was limited in team drills during the first week of organized team activities last week after undergoing surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb. Now Sanchez has his non-throwing hand merely covered in protective tape, and he’s able to handle snaps, both from under center and out of shotgun.
During a 90-minute practice on Tuesday, all three quarterbacks got a chance to line up with offensive starters such as receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders and running back C.J. Anderson. They also faced the Broncos’ starting defense – even if that group looks slightly less formidable in late May, without star pass rushers Von Miller, who is skipping workouts after receiving the franchise tag, and DeMarcus Ware, who is nursing a sore back, not on the field.
Sanchez, an 8-year veteran, has the early edge and consistently received the…