Paxton Lynch named starter for Denver Broncos, per reports

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

The Denver Broncos are finally turning the page at quarterback to see what they have in former first round selection Paxton Lynch.

The Denver Broncos are done with the predictable carousel at quarterback, the one with two horses that lead to predictably horrible results in Brock Osweiler and Trevor Siemian. Benjamin Allbright is reporting that the Broncos have internally decided to go with Paxton Lynch at the position, at least heading into Week 12.

Lynch might not be any better for the Broncos than the aforementioned options, but not at least allowing Lynch to see what he can do is a complete waste of a half-season. The Broncos aren’t going anywhere in terms of postseason play and while there’s still a mathematical chance that they could make the playoffs, there’s also every reason to believe that Lynch won’t be worse than the other quarterback offerings.

Lynch was the team’s first round draft pick in 2016 but has yet to really be given a chance to take over. He lost the starting quarterback job to Siemian last year and an injury to his throwing shoulder has kept him out since August. Even through all of that, general manager John Elway nor head coach Vance Joseph seemed very excited to give him the starters reps even when healthy—as if he’s not quite ready at this stage.

This means that the Chiefs are likely going to face Lynch over the others at this point. With Siemian at the helm, the Broncos almost upended the Chiefs at home in a close game plagued by turnovers from the quarterback. If Lynch can provide steadier play or better ability to move the chains, either one, then the Chiefs might be in bigger trouble when they visit Mile High later this year.