Broncos GM John Elway says team is far from decided on backup QB
The Denver Broncos are set at the starting quarterback slot with Case Keenum, but the team remains in a dilemma on who will his main backup once the regular season rolls around.
The Broncos must have liked what they saw from second-year quarterback Chad Kelly last week, albeit during a 42-28 loss at home to the Minnesota Vikings. In that contest, Kelly completed 14 of 21 passes and finished with 177 passing yards and two touchdowns against an interception. However, it may take more than just one solid preseason outing for Kelly to convince Denver general manager John Elway that there’s no need to look for backup options elsewhere.
In a recent appearance on 103.5 The Fox, Elway gave the impression that the Broncos are keeping their options open in seeking for another quarterback to consider as the backup, via the Associated Press.
“I’m not going to tell you we’re definitely going to stand pat, but I’m not telling you we’re going (in) that direction, either,” Elway told 103.5 The Fox radio station in Denver.
The Broncos are hoping the addition of Keenum will add a much-needed stability to the team after struggling to find the end zone last season. In 2017, the Broncos oscillated Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, and Paxton Lynch under center, but it only resulted in an offense that ranked 26th in the league with just 18.1 points per game.
Elway definitely wants a dramatic change to the offense and shoring up the quarterback depth is a huge part in achieving that goal.
“We’ve got to have confidence that that guy that’s going to be the backup can play and win football games,” Elway said. “And so that’s why we’re still in that process of trying to see if we’ve got that guy behind Case.”