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Broncos minicamp Day 1 observations: As QB rotation continues, Sean Payton says he has a “gut” feel but no specific timeline for finalizing 2024 starter


Denver Broncos quarterback Jarrett Stidham (8) works out during organized team activities at Broncos Park Powered by CommonSpirit in Englewood, Colorado on June 4, 2024. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post)

The Broncos quarterback rotation continued on Day 1 of the team’s mandatory minicamp Tuesday.

Head coach Sean Payton indicated it may go this way well into training camp, as well.

The first day of Denver’s three-day minicamp saw Jarrett Stidham run the first-team reps, Zach Wilson the second-team and Bo Nix the third-team.

That’s in keeping with how Payton and the offensive staff ran the three weeks of organized team activities, too, with each quarterback getting a day each week with the top group.

“Every day we’re rolling them different with the ones, twos and threes and we’re kind of doing the same thing with a lot of the position groups,” Payton said Tuesday. “I just feel like this is the time of the year to do that.”

Soon enough, it won’t be. Payton, though, said he doesn’t feel rushed to make a decision on a starter between the rookie Nix, the journeyman Stidham and the reclamation project Wilson.

“I have an end-game, that would be the week before the first game,” Payton said. “But I don’t have a set date. … I don’t have a date. I have a gut.”

Payton downplayed the idea that any of the three would benefit from getting most of a training camp’s worth of reps with the No. 1 group.

“I think most important is the right decision,” he said.

Stidham’s command of the offense is clear and has been on display since the beginning of OTAs when practice has been open to reporters. On Tuesday, he threw a well-timed deep crosser to Marvin Mims Jr. for a big gain that probably went as the offensive play of the day.

“Clearly within the framework of what we’re doing, he’s much further along than Year 1 and that transition,” Payton said of Stidham. “He’s looked real sharp during this offseason program. Real decisive. There’s leadership he’s able to provide there.

“There’s good competition.”

Denver Broncos quarterback Jarrett Stidham (8) works out during organized team activities at Broncos Park Powered by CommonSpirit in Englewood, Colorado on June 4, 2024. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post)

A pair of offensive veterans on Tuesday noted that Nix’s approach so far belies his status as a rookie. That’s a common refrain around the Broncos building. Partially because Nix is 24 years old and started an FBS-record 61 games in college, but also because he’s seemingly settled into life as a pro quickly.

“It almost feels in a sense like he’s been here before,” left guard Quinn Meinerz said.

Added receiver Courtland Sutton, on the field for the first time after skipping the voluntary portion of the offseason amid a contract “stalemate,”: “Obviously I understand the politics of the game and I know everyone’s probably looking for (Nix) to be the guy. He does a lot of things really well and he has the ability to be able to go out and have success early.”

Payton on Tuesday said that oftentimes the answer becomes clear for both coaches and the players on the roster as the regular season nears.

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