Despite being the Broncos first round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, quarterback Paxton Lynch has had to bide his time in the team behind Trevor Siemian.
While the Broncos had a number of challenges in the 2016 season, Siemian played well. His game against Kansas City was one which echoed the Peyton Manning years: three touchdowns, no interceptions; 20 of 34 for 368 yards — a superb record in this game.
From weeks eight to 14, Siemian was one of only three QBs who averaged over 300 passing yards in each game.
He completed the season with an 18-10 touchdown to interception ratio and an 84.6 passer rating. With this sort of performance, you would expect Trevor to be the starter in 2017, but perhaps Paxton Lynch should still be given a chance to show why the Broncos traded up to draft him in the first round just over a year ago.
A new coach, a new system. The Broncos 2017 season brings a lot of change, but a lot of excitement for the fans. There is no doubt that Paxton Lynch was selected in the NFL Draft to be the future QB for the Broncos. Numerous whispers were coming out of the initial preseason training that Lynch has really “came out of his shell” and started to go up a gear in his preparation.
Writing at 9News.com, Mike Klis believes that something happened to Lynch going into the final stretch of the initial offseason program.
“His switch was flipped,” Klis said. “He started to get it. He started to play as if he was doing just that — playing. Playing and not thinking about his protections and hot reads and coverages and delivering the ball on time.”
Lynch also recognises that significant improvement during the offseason.
“I mean, the more reps I’m getting with these guys, the more I get to go against the defense and see the looks live compared to just on paper, it’s helping me a lot,” he said in an interview with 9News.
“I think each practice I’ve progressively got better”.
While Klis thinks Siemian is still first choice, one must look at the overall performance after the Broncos training camp. Surely if Lynch continues with this form he should deserve a chance to lead this team in 2017?
Opinion is split in Broncos Country, but a QB battle is always healthy at this time of the year.
Saddle up, folks.