The Broncos’ decision not to draft a quarterback this past weekend may mean fresh life for the NFL career of former first-round pick Paxton Lynch according to Mike Klis of News 9 in Denver.
Broncos general manager told Klis that the team has definitely not given up on Lynch. “We are not kicking him to the curb,” Elway said. “He can still develop. When we drafted him two years ago, as I said, we knew it was going to take some time.” Unfortunately, the coaching staff is running out of time with Lynch as the team has only one more year to decide whether to pick up Lynch’s fifth-year option. And, barring significant injury, Lynch has no chance to win the starting job in Denver for 2018 after the team ponied up more than $25 million in guaranteed money to lure free agent QB Case Keenum.
Lynch has a rocket arm but faceplanted every time he had a chance to unseat former starter Trevor Siemian, who was so anemic in his own right that he was banished to Minnesota to be Kirk Cousins’ backup. Lynch has managed an anemic 76.7 passer rating on 128 career attempts, showing a disturbing penchant for taking sacks and failing to move the chains and he has also battled numerous injuries. While Elway is publicly supporting the QB he traded up to draft in the first round just two years ago, it cannot be a good sign that the GM said Lynch would be battling Chad Kelly-the final pick of the 2017 draft-for the right to back up Keenum. Kelly of course has great bloodlines as the nephew of Hall-of-Famer Chad Kelly but the fact that Elway considers him on equal footing and in open competition with his handpicked future franchise QB speaks volumes.
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