The Paxton Lynch experiment in Denver is over after the Broncos waived their 2016 first-round pick Sunday.
The embattled quarterback made the 53-man roster Saturday and received another vote of confidence from head coach Vance Joseph despite falling to third on the depth chart behind 2017 Mr Irrelevant Chad Kelly.
But it was a temporary reprieve after the Broncos claimed former Cleveland and Washington quarterback Kevin Hogan off waivers.
“Vance and I met with Paxton this morning and informed him that it’s best for everyone to make this move,” Elway said in a statement tweeted by the Broncos.
“We appreciate all of Paxton’s hard work as a Bronco, and we wish him well in the future.”
After missing his rookie season through injury, Kelly surpassed Lynch to become the number two behind Case Keenum during training camp and preseason putting further pressure on the Broncos to move on from a guy that had lost quarterback battles in each of his three preseasons in the Mile High City.
Left with seventh-round pick Trevor Siemian and the acquisition of veteran Mark Sanchez following Peyton Manning’s retirement in 2016, the Broncos traded up in the first round to draft Lynch out of Memphis, intrigued by his size, arm, and athletic ability.
But despite those attributes, Lynch’s football IQ left a lot to be desired and he failed to beat out Siemian in a quarterback competition during training camp in his first two seasons before the Broncos signed Keenum from Minnesota then traded away Siemian.
Lynch suffered the indignity of being booed as he entered the field for the second preseason game against Chicago at Broncos Stadium at Mile High.
His only bright spot this preseason came in the final game when he went 14 of 15 for 128 yards and two touchdowns running a simple scheme against Arizona’s third- and fourth-string defense.
In his two full seasons with the Broncos, Lynch made five appearances, with four starts for a 1-3 record. He completed 79 of 128 passes for 792 yards and four touchdowns, four interceptions, and four fumbles.