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QB Paxton Lynch - Denver Broncos

6-7, 244Born: 2-12-1994College: MemphisDrafted: Round 1, pick 26

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General News (Tue Jan 31): is expected to work with quarterback guru Charlie Taaffe again this offseason. The pair worked together last spring as well to help Lynch prepare for the 2016 NFL Draft.

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2016 Week 13 vs JAX (12 / 24 / 104 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)

Lynch looked dodgy in his 2nd NFL start, consistently overthrowing and just flat out missing open receivers. Fortunately, Denver was able to lean on another strong defensive performance, since the run game was bogged down in the mud as well. Lynch kept most of his passes in the short to intermediate range, finally heaved one downfield halfway through the 2nd quarter. He faked a handoff and rolled right, loading up a deep ball down the right sideline for Demaryius Thomas, but the play was broken up by the defense. Lynch took another huge shot downfield to Emmanuel Sanders to open up the 3rd quarter, but his receiver was again covered well by the defense. Thomas(10) and Sanders(9) drew virtually all of Lynch's 24 targets. Lynch pretty spry when extending the play with his legs on scrambles and designed rollouts. He finished the day with 104 yards passing and 11 yards rushing.

2016 Week 5 vs ATL (23 / 35 / 223 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 18 / 0 rush)

Lynch had a rough outing in his first NFL start. Though he showed flashes of the arm talent that got him drafted in the first round, he consistently held on to the ball too long and failed to feel pressure, which was heavy all day. Denver's offensive line was horrendous in the run game and pass protection. Lynch was sacked a total of 6 times for 40 yards, and also had several scrambles where he barely made it back to the line of scrimmage to avoid another official sack. Lynch never could get comfortable in the pocket, and his footwork suffered as he overthrew open receivers several times throughout the day. Lynch mixed it up in the 1st half, taking some snaps from under center as the Broncos tried to establish a run game, and some from the shotgun. Denver had fallen behind badly in the 3rd quarter, and the Broncos operated almost exclusively in the shotgun in 4WR sets, with a single back in the backfield. The team also left Lynch alone in the backfield in 5WR sets later in the 4th quarter. Lynch hit Emmanuel Sanders for a nice completion on his first pass attempt of the day. He had a 10 yard scramble for a 1st down negated by a penalty in the 1st quarter. He managed to convert 4th and short from deep in Denver's on territory in the 3rd quarter with a QB dive reminiscent of Tom Brady. Lynch had Sanders open in the end zone during the Broncos first scoring drive, but he overthrew the receiver badly and the drive ended in a field goal. The rookie QB got a chance to lead Denver's 2-minute offense at the end of the 1st half as the Broncos got the ball back with just under 2 minutes left. His first pass attempt was on target but was juggled by Sanders as he was pushed out of bounds. Lynch had the ball knocked from his hands on 2nd down, but he managed to lunge for the fumble and recover it himself. The play lost considerable yardage, and the Broncos played it safe by running CJ Anderson on 3rd down to improve field position for the punt team. The drive at least ate up enough clock to prevent the Atlanta offense from attempting to score again before halftime. Lynch found Sanders for Denver's biggest gain of the day on the first play of the 2nd half, hitting the wide open receiver on a deep crossing route for a gain of 26. Lynch was intercepted on a deep ball thrown from his own end zone in the 3rd quarter. An Atlanta punt and holding penalty on Denver's return team backed the Broncos up into their own end zone, and Lynch aired one out for Demaryius Thomas down the left sideline. He let the ball hang in the air far too long, and overthrew Thomas as Atlanta safety Ricardo Allen raced over from the deep middle of the field for the interception. Lynch followed the interception up with a bad fumble on the next drive, but Devontae Booker managed to recover the loose ball. Lynch and the offense finally managed to put together a touchdown drive in the waning minutes of the 4th quarter, capping it off with a short touchdown reception to Demaryius Thomas. Lynch extended the drive with several checkdowns to RB Anderson and a couple of nice completions to Thomas and Sanders. It was too little, too late, as the Broncos failed to recover the onside kick attempt afterwards. The Broncos offensive line will have to perform better next week or it may not matter who is playing QB.

2016 Week 4 vs TB (14 / 24 / 170 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -4 / 0 rush)

Lynch made his NFL regular season debut during the middle of a 2nd quarter drive after starting QB Siemian left with a shoulder injury. He turned in an impressive debut, throwing for 170 yards and a touchdown in just over 2 quarters of action. Lynch worked primarily out of the shotgun for his first 2 drives with time limited at the end of the 2nd quarter, but started mixing in some snaps from under center in the 2nd half. He executed play action well and looked good rolling out on designed bootlegs and improvised scrambles. He missed Bennie Fowler on his first pass attempt, but connected with his next 2 passes to Jordan Norwood and Emmanuel Sanders. Lynch continued to look to Sanders frequently as the game progressed, mixing in a few looks to Demaryius Thomas. Lynch barely missed connecting with Sanders on a couple of deep balls that would have gained significant yardage. Lynch scored his first touchdown as a pro on a beautiful play action in the 4th quarter. The Broncos lined up in a goal line formation inside the Tampa Bay red zone, and Lynch faked a handoff before rolling out right and finding a wide open Emmanuel Sanders for the short completion and score.

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Broncos | Denver sticking with young quarterbacks (Mon Mar 27, 05:25 PM) - Denver Broncos QBs Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch remain the focus of the Broncos' quarterback situation, general manager John Elway reiterated Monday, March 27. Elway said Denver has confidence in both quarterbacks and that they should provide a great competition this offseason. Elway did add that the Broncos will 'see what's available in the draft.'

Our View: The Broncos moved up in the first round last year to draft Lynch. Siemian was the starter in 2016, but the team will want him to compete with Lynch this year for the job. The Tony Romo conversation seems to be done in Denver. Never say never, but the further we get away from the start of free agency the more it seems like the Broncos have moved on.
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