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Broncos bench Trevor Siemian, name Brock Osweiler starting QB vs. Eagles

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Brock Osweiler is, once again, the Denver Broncos starting quarterback.

The Broncos have opted to go with Osweiler over Trevor Siemian as their starting quarterback for Sunday’s matchup against Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced on Wednesday.

Siemian, who was the starter for the Broncos first seven game of the season, had a rough outing in Monday night’s 29-19 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, throwing three interceptions.

Siemian, who beat out Paxton Lynch to win the starting job in August, had committed seven turnovers (six interceptions and one lost fumble) during the Broncos’ three-game losing streak, while only leading three touchdown drives in that span.

Only the Panthers’ Cam Newton and Cleveland Browns rookie DeShone Kizer — each with 11 — have thrown more interceptions than Siemian (10) this season.

Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said Tuesday that he and his coaching staff would evaluate the quarterback position, but made it clear that Siemian’s turnovers were unacceptable. He called the three interceptions Siemian threw Monday night “horrific decisions.”

“When you lose three in a row and how we’ve lost the football games, again [Monday] on offense with four turnovers, I think everything is for discussion,” coach Vance Joseph said.

Siemian is 29th in the league in passer rating (76.8) and has been sacked 25 times — tied for second highest among the league’s starters. The Broncos, despite owning the league’s No. 1 defense, have lost four of the past five to drop to 3-5.

Osweiler, a second-round pick by the Broncos in 2012, started seven games for the Broncos in 2015 in relief of an injured Peyton Manning. He chose to sign with the Houston Texans during free agency the next season.

Osweiler threw 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions last year for the Texans. He was traded to the Browns in the offseason and failed to win the starting job in Cleveland and was released.

Osweiler was signed by the Broncos just before the season after Lynch suffered a right (throwing) shoulder injury in a preseason win over the Green Bay Packers. He threw four passes, with two completions for 18 yards, in a brief appearance for the Broncos earlier this year against the New York Giants while Siemian had his left shoulder examined.

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