Broncos vs. Chiefs: Paxton Lynch returns to practice

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 26: Quarterback Paxton Lynch
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 26: Quarterback Paxton Lynch /

The Denver Broncos saw former first round pick Paxton Lynch return to practice for the first time after injuring his right shoulder.

The Denver Broncos have taken their hits on and off the field for their quarterback play this season. However, they might soon have another option to use as Paxton Lynch returned to practice for the first time this week.

Lynch was initially lost after injuring his right (throwing) shoulder late in the preseason, an injury that has kept him from practicing or playing since late August. The Broncos decided to keep him on the active roster rather than place him on injured reserve and now they might see the benefits soon enough of having him back on the field.

Current starter Trevor Siemian hasn’t looked as good as he did last year, and even that performance was simply about minimizing mistakes and letting the defense win games more than it was about his own ability to move the chains at will. To make matters even more interesting than they already were, the team brought back Brock Osweiler as a back-up in a quarterback carousel no one saw coming.

Lynch is, of course, not any sort of expected savior unless he’s magically going to start living up to his draft pedigree of being a former first round pick. Lynch is a raw product who still looks like serious development is needed on the field even after a full season at the professional level. However, he’s as good as anything on the current roster and it makes no sense for the Broncos to not give Lynch every single opportunity to earn starters reps to see if he is actually a bust or a late bloomer. Certainly Osweiler and Siemian aren’t getting it done.

Still it doesn’t sound like the Chiefs will see Lynch as early as Monday night given the fact that he’s just returning to regular practice. However, he could be the Broncos QB when the two teams meet again later in December.