Bucs' Vitale not surprised by Broncos QB Siemian's success
The success of Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian, off to a 3-0 start as starter for the defending Super Bowl champs, is no surprise to Bucs tight end Danny Vitale, who played three seasons with him at Northwestern.
"The one thing about him which a lot of people have found out is just the composure that he has," Vitale said. "Always calm, cool, collected. What I liked about him personally was he was a little bit of a goofball all the time, just a fun guy to be around. I'm not surprised he's seeing a lot of success."
The two Wildcats alums have remained friends -- Vitale is on the Bucs' practice squad, while Siemian has been the surprise winner of a QB derby that once included veteran Mark Sanchez and a high draft pick in rookie Paxton Lynch.
Vitale said his first impression of Siemian was a strong one -- Vitale's very first college game had Northwestern in a dogfight with Syracuse, and Siemian came off the bench to throw a touchdown with 44 seconds about for a 42-41 win.
"He was like QB1 B, and we had another quarterback in Kain Colter, and every time we needed a big drive to finish out a game or a two-minute drill, Trevor was always the guy," Vitale said. "My very first college game, he led a huge drive. Just the composure he has is unbelievable and unparalleled in my opinion."