Halfway through the season, the Denver Broncos have a better understanding of who and what they are. They’ve grown into themselves.

And with that said, it was time to add some captains.

Today, head coach Gary Kubiak announced that the team has named three additional captains: Trevor Siemian (offense), T.J. Ward (defense) and Dekoda Watson (special teams). They join current captains Demaryius Thomas (offense), DeMarcus Ware (defense) and Kayvon Webster (special teams) as the team’s six captains for the second half of the season.

“It really is,” Siemian said on Wednesday about whether it was an honor, via DenverBroncos.com. “It means a lot to me to, first of all, be a part of this locker room and then know some guys think of me in that light. So [it’s] a huge honor for me, [and I’m] really excited to be a part of this thing.”

Siemian truly has come a long way. A year ago he wasn’t just a third-string quarterback; he was the third-string quarterback behind an all-time great and his heir apparent. The path that brought him to this point certainly hasn’t been a conventional one.

And he’s not the only one who notices.

“That’s pretty cool,” Kubiak said. “To be such a young guy and in his first year of playing, I think it tells him that they want him to lead them regardless of what year he’s in. He needs to continue to do that and push forward. We’ve got to help him, but that’s three good guys that they chose to be part of the leadership that’s already in place.”

The Broncos are 6-2 at the halfway point of the season, and Siemian has quarterbacked all six of those victories. The team needs him to improve, but they need a lot of people to improve.

There’s no question that Siemian has done everything the team could have asked of him and then some. It’s a well-deserved honor.