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Paxton Lynch to start Broncos-49ers preseason game

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The 49ers will first face the guy the Broncos want to see emerge as the guy of the future.

The Denver Broncos are still trying to sort out their quarterback situation, and that is resulting in a different depth chart each week. Broncos head coach Vance Joseph announced on Monday that Trevor Siemian will start the preseason opener against the Chicago Bears, and Paxton Lynch will start the second game against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Broncos traded up five spots in the first round last year to select Lynch. Siemian on the other hand was a seventh round pick in 2015. This would seemingly be Lynch’s job to lose, but his development seems a it slow going. We’ve seen these kinds of splits before, but it would seem like Siemian has the slight edge. It’s not definitive given the fact that Lynch is getting a start as well, but it’s something. Of course, if things are pretty close, one has to imagine Lynch gets some bonus points as the recent first round pick.

The 49ers and Broncos will hold a pair of open practices later next week, leading up to their Saturday preseason game. It is going to be interesting to see how Siemian performs this weekend, and then what the two quarterbacks look like going against a 49ers defense that seems to be improving along the front seven.