Denver Broncos bench Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler to start vs. Eagles

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Osweiler was the Broncos' only option besides Siemian, although they have two other quarterbacks on their roster. Osweiler has as many regular-season starts in the National Football League as Siemian - 21 apiece - but the Broncos are his third team in the last 12 months after the Texans traded him to Cleveland, which released him at the cutdown to 53 players in September.

The Flathead High School graduate is back under center in Denver after head coach Vance Joseph benched starter Trevor Siemian following Monday's 29-19 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Osweiler flopped in Houston in 2016 and was traded to the Cleveland Browns earlier this year before being cut. The Browns released him in the summer and he quickly rejoined the Broncos, who needed a backup after Paxton Lynch sprained his throwing shoulder in the preseason. The team visits the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles (7-1) on Sunday.

That was when Osweiler signed back with the Broncos. After leaving Denver in free agency following the Broncos' victory in Super Bowl 50, Osweiler helped lead the Texans to the playoffs last season, though he dealt with a temporary benching along the way.

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"It's my job to do what's best for the football team", Joseph said Tuesday. Siemian has thrown six interceptions in the past three games combined as opponents have turned those six picks into 17 points.

Kelly, aka "Mr. Irrelevant" in the 2017 NFL Draft, practiced for the first time this year for the Broncos. He returned to practice last week, but it's possible he is not yet ready to return to game action.

Plus, Osweiler and Siemian aren't that differently in terms of talent and the way they play the game.

The run game, which was so good during the Broncos' hot start, mostly floundered until C.J. Anderson got loose for some big gains down the stretch. In 2015 with the Broncos, he went 23-for-42 for 270 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in Denver's 30-24 overtime win. Guys are playing hard.

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