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Siemian: 'I Think a Lot of People Would Kill to be in This Spot'

Posted Mar 19, 2018

EAGAN, Minn. — Trevor Siemian may not have had much control over his destination, but he’s excited to have landed where he did.

The Vikings formally announced Monday afternoon that they have acquired the quarterback via trade, and Siemian said it’s “really good” to be in Minnesota.

“As far as places to be, I’m very, very fortunate to be here. I’ve heard nothing but really good things about the locker room, coaches, front office and ownership,” Siemian told Twin Cities media members via a conference call. “I’m looking forward to getting to work.”

The announcement came in the wake of Thursday’s signing of free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Siemian, who went 13-11 in 24 starts with the Broncos, views the opportunity to work with Cousins as a positive one.

“I think I’ve gained a lot of knowledge playing some ball over the past couple years and grown a lot as a player, and I’m looking forward to coming in here and sharing some of that knowledge and applying it – helping this team and helping Kirk in any way that I can,” Siemian said. “Like anybody else, I see the tape and I watch Kirk week to week, and I know how good of a player he is.”

The former Northwestern standout emphasized Cousins’ character and off-field qualities, as well.

“The cool thing about knowing Kirk the little bit that I do, and hearing things about him, is the kind of person that he is, and the teammate,” Siemian said. “And being in the quarterback room, I think that’s really, really important for me and everybody else.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be teaming up with him and everybody else,” Siemian added. “I’m here for Kirk, I’m here for these guys. I want to win a bunch of games here and continue the roll this organization’s been on recently.”

The Vikings acquired Siemian along with a seventh-round pick in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft. In exchange, the Broncos received Minnesota’s fifth-round pick in 2019.

It’s a transaction that Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman feels confident about. Spielman said that new Offensive Coordinator John DeFilippo had spent some time with Siemian in the pre-draft process in 2015; in addition, Spielman has been impressed with the young quarterback’s career thus far.

When asked specifically what stood out to him on tape, Spielman said one thing was Siemian’s intelligence.

“Just like we saw in Kirk, how quickly he gets through his progressions. I think, talking with Coach DeFilippo, the decision-making, I think all that comes with experience, but when you see him throw – the accuracy and how he throws the ball – and [he’s] just continuing to grow,” Spielman said. “He still is a young quarterback with a tremendous amount of upside.”

Spielman made comparisons to Case Keenum, who stepped in and played admirably during the 2017 season, helping the Vikings reach the NFC Championship. Keenum signed with the Broncos last week when free agency opened.  

“To get a guy at this age that has game experience, similar to when we talked about Case a year ago in going through this,” Spielman continued. “Looking at all the boxes when we watched all the tape on Case, we saw a lot of similar traits in Trevor.”

The Vikings now have Cousins, Siemian and Kyle Sloter – who spent the majority of the 2017 season on Minnesota’s practice squad – in their quarterback room.

Spielman pointed out the emphasis the Vikings placed on ensuring depth – at every position, but especially at quarterback.

“At some point, hopefully not, [if] they have to step in, [like it’s been] the last couple years here, that they can step in … and we can still continue to win,” Spielman said. “One of the top priorities was not only to go out and try to solidify the quarterback position with Kirk but also, by doing that, making sure we had enough depth and enough young talent behind that our coaches here feel very good about, that will continue to work with these guys and develop these guys – both of them.”

In addition to Siemian’s game experience, Spielman appreciates that the young signal caller spent a season learning from Peyton Manning.

Siemian said he was “really lucky” to learn from the 14-time Pro Bowler, two-time Super Bowl champion and future Hall of Famer.

“It was a great learning experience the whole way through,” Siemian said. “[I gained a lot of knowledge] over that time and was surrounded by a ton of good folks. It was a good deal for me. I think it’s something for me to build on and, like I said, apply what I learned from there and try and make this team here the best team we can be – and I think we’re on our way to doing that.”

Siemian, who received the call that he had been traded while vacationing with his fiancée in Mexico, reiterated a number of times his excitement in hearing that he’d be joining the Vikings.

“There’s a lot of places you could go. For me to be here in an organization who’s knocking on the door of some really, really great things, I think there’s a lot of people that would kill to be in this spot,” Siemian said. “Again, I feel really lucky, and I’m going to try and add value and be ready to go if called upon. I think it’s going to be a good deal.”