Trevor Siemian may be more than just a one-year, stop-gap quarterback.

The Denver Broncos 2016 starter has the “upper hand” to remain the team’s first-string quarterback entering the offseason program, reports NFL Network’s James Palmer, after speaking with head coach Vance Joseph.

Joseph had said at the combine in February that he intended to hold an open competition to determine their 2017 starting quarterback, but the staff feels Siemian “played at a much higher level than many assume” in his first season starting.

The first-year head coach has also been impressed with how Siemian interacts with his teammates.

“Players want to play for him,” Joseph told Palmer. “They want to win for him.”

Siemian beat out 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch and since-released veteran Mark Sanchez to win the starting job last training camp after taking just one snap as a rookie.

The 25-year-old threw for 3,401 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions through 14 games last season, carrying an 8-6 record and reportedly earning a Pro Bowl invitation.

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