Confident. Energetic. Passionate.
These are only some of the words used to describe second-year quarterback Paxton Lynch after his opening workout at the first day of the 2017 Broncos training camp.
The 3,792 strong Broncos Country crowd watched Lynch take his first reps of preseason in style. Analysts and fans were very pleased with what they seen from the Broncos’ 2016 first-round pick in the opening round of training.
Here are two major improvements we can already see to his game:
Lynch was described by many analysts today as confident. His nerves have calmed and his presence can be felt a lot more on the field and in the locker room. While it is only the first day of camp, there is no doubt that the 23-year-old has progressed in the last 12 months and, while he had limited playing time in his first season, he has still developed as a player and as an individual.
— Cecil Lammey (@CecilLammey) July 27, 2017
He was oozing confidence. “Trees don’t grow in the shade”. 😎
— Phil Milani (@philmilani) July 27, 2017
Willingness to learn from mistakes
No player is ever the finished article. Lynch barely played last season as he backed up Trevor Siemian. He has used time during the offseason to prepare well. Numerous statements out of camp today showed how much he has developed. He has been very vocal in his statements, as well as training with running back CJ Anderson, which will help him to develop and get to that next level.
Paxton Lynch says @cjandersonb22 has helped him “a lot” in grasping the scheme. Says Anderson is another QB on the field.
— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) July 27, 2017
The summary of Lynch in year two, also provided by the Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala, is that Lynch remains calm, cool and collected.
“I’d say I’m a lot more comfortable in this scheme, not just because of the scheme but because I’ve had a year experience,” Lynch said, before going on to describe this year as night and day compared to his first preseason in the NFL.
He also believes he feels way more comfortable out on the field with his teammates.
As the quarterback battle ramps up in camp to land the starter role in Vance Joseph’s first year as head coach, the questions come thick and fast. How far will Lynch now progress throughout training camp and in the early preseason games? Can he outperform Siemian enough to convince Joseph he deserves to be the guy? Where will he be standing on our first down against the LA Chargers in September?
Time will only tell.
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