Broncos' Mark Sanchez: I 'squandered' opportunity to earn starting job

Monday August 22nd, 2016

Denver Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez is worried that he missed out on a chance to secure a position as the team’s starting quarterback, he said after Saturday’s 31–24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

After starting the game by completing nine of 10 passes, Sanchez completed just one of his next eight. The veteran also fumbled the ball twice, including once in the red zone.

“I squandered a great opportunity to separate myself, and put the team in a bad situation,” Sanchez said, according to ESPN. “No excuse for that. Poor, poor quarterback play.

“I can’t put pressure on the O-line like that. I know I’m in a tough spot right there, and coach wants to see what I do. There’s no excuse for that. You can’t do that. ... Poor play. I just let one go tonight. That’s really too bad.”

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Trevor Siemian, who is battling with Sanchez for the job, completed 10 of 14 passes for 75 yards, but had an interception returned for a touchdown by 49ers safety Eric Reid. 

Coach Gary Kubiak has previously said that he wants to name the starter before the team’s next game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Rookie Paxton Lynch is also competing for the starting spot. 

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