ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Even though Broncos Coach Vance Joseph isn’t saying it, the steady and solid Trevor Siemian appears to have won Denver’s quarterback derby for the second straight summer.

Siemian has outplayed former first-round pick Paxton Lynch, whose flashes of athleticism and agility remain overshadowed by poor decisions and bad throws.

Although Joseph isn’t declaring a winner yet, Siemian has impressed a second set of coaches running a second offensive scheme, and Lynch, while he’s shown some progress, still doesn’t look ready to run a team.

Joseph appeared to squelch the notion that the decision could come down to which one has the higher perceived upside, insisting: “That does not matter. Whoever wins the job, wins the job – he’s the best guy for our football team. So, where you’re drafted does not matter. It’s about performance, not potential.”

Yet Joseph declined to declare a winner in the QB competition following Denver’s 33-14 preseason win at San Francisco on Saturday night.

“I saw Paxton make some plays with his legs, which he should. He’s an athlete. And Trevor, he was solid. He was Trevor. He made good decisions. His ball placement was on point tonight. You know, he controlled the huddle, so I was pleased with Trevor,” Joseph said.

WASHINGTON: Tight end Jordan Reed was activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list. Reed had been on the list since the start of training camp because of an injury to the big toe on his left foot.

BILLS: Newly acquired receiver Jordan Matthews is confident he’ll be ready for the start of the regular season after taking part in light drills for the first time since hurting his chest a week ago.

Matthews isn’t sure, though, if he’ll be available to play in Buffalo’s final two preseason games because he’s still experiencing soreness. He remains upbeat despite initially being frustrated after chipping a bone in his sternum during his first practice with the Bills after being acquired in a trade with Philadelphia on Aug. 11.


STEELERS 17, FALCONS 13: Rookie running back James Conner set up Pittsburgh’s winning fourth-quarter touchdown pass against visiting Atlanta.

Conner, the former University of Pittsburgh star who overcame Hodgkin’s lymphoma and a serious right knee injury to reach the NFL, broke off runs of 17 and 19 yards, leading to Bart Houston’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter.

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