Sanchez did not play in the preseason finale against the Arizona Cardinals. The Broncos must have their roster to 53 players — from the current 75 — by 2 p.m. Mountain time Saturday. Kubiak said Thursday he expected the team to make most of its moves Friday morning.
Whether or not Sanchez will be one of those 53 players remains to be seen.
“I have no idea,’’ Sanchez said as he left the locker room. “I guess I’ll find out [Friday].’’
Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has named Trevor Siemian his starting quarterback. He started rookie Paxton Lynch Thursday night, and Lynch played the entire game against the Cardinals. That has left Sanchez, with a $4.5 million salary, with the appearance of being the odd man out after he had spent much of the offseason program as well as the early portion of training camp as the player with a slight lead on the starting job.
“We’ve got to evaluate the entire situation,’’ Kubiak said. “ … We’ve got a lot of tough decisions to make.’’
Sanchez is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end under his current contract, which would be nullified if he were released and make him a free agent immediately. There is also the business side, beyond Sanchez’ salary, that the Broncos would not have to surrender a draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles if Sanchez is not on the roster after Saturday.
Earlier this week Sanchez said he was determined to handle things in a “professional way,’’ and he promised to help Siemian and Lynch as much as possible.
“As a competitor you know you’re disappointed things went the way that they did,’’ Sanchez said after Tuesday’s practice. “But at the same time you understand there’s an emotional side to it, a competitor’s side, but there’s also a teammate. And me, enjoying my time here and really respecting this organization, respecting Trevor as a friend, and as a player, and as a teammate, the most important thing to do is move forward and help this team.’’
Sanchez was 20-of-30 passing for 219 yards and one touchdown, with one interception, in two preseason appearances, including a start in the preseason opener in Chicago. He also lost two fumbles in the closing minutes of the first half of the preseason game against San Francisco, meaning he had three turnovers in 46 snaps on the field.