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QB Paxton Lynch - Denver Broncos

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

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Paxton Lynch didn't do much as a rookie in 2016. The first-round pick out of Memphis struggled to transition from the college game to the pros, and he seemed to be a bad fit for the Gary Kubiak offense. Lynch did start in two games (1-1 record) but seemed to take steps back (see Jacksonville game) as the season went on. This year, new head coach Vance Joseph has declared it will be a 50/50 "open" competition between Lynch and last year's starter Trevor Siemian. Lynch has reportedly been taking to the new offense well, and he's got tremendous upside if/when the light comes on for him at the pro level. In a shotgun heavy system crafted by OC Mike McCoy, Lynch could thrive as the starter due to his big arm and quality weapons outside like WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. We'll see the battle shake out in training camp. (May 16)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 33, 26, 28, 30, 30, 32, 32, 32, 32, 33, 33, 33, 33, 33, 33, 33, 34, 34, 34, 35
QB Dynasty - 28, 21, 26, 26, 26, 30, 31, 31, 33

Stats and Projections

2016 DEN 3 49 83 497 2 1 11 25 0
2017 PROJ-Dodds 8 112 177 * * * 23 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 5 25 45 * * * 5 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 4 60 100 * * * 5 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 5 107 175 * * * 12 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 256
QB: 35

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Latest News

Broncos | Trevor Siemian still the favorite to start? (Sun May 21, 03:51 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian had little trouble holding off 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch last season, and 9News' Mike Klis would be 'surprised' if the quarterback competition plays out the same way this season.

Our View: Reports indicate Lynch is picking up the Mike McCoy offense quickly and we think he's a much better fit for that (likely) shotgun-heavy system than he was working from under center with Gary Kubiak. Lynch has a big arm and can scramble when the play breaks down. Siemian is efficient and can work the underneath routes, but he needs to learn how/when to challenge a defense vertically. New head coach Vance Joseph says he doesn't mind if this QB competition goes all the way through training camp. He also said "decision making" would be the biggest factor in this decision...that edge right now has to go to Siemian due to his experience.
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Broncos | Decision-making big for Denver quarterbacks (Thu May 18, 02:36 PM) - Denver Broncos QBs Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch will need to make good decisions in order to win the starting position, according to head coach Vance Joseph. 'The guy who makes great decisions with the football, not turning the ball over, and the guy who lets his teammates play for him, that's the guy I want to lead our football team,' Joseph said. '[Decisions-making] is the biggest factor in this decision I'm going to make.'

Our View: We think VP John Elway and Joseph would be leaning towards Lynch, but he has to prove he deserves the job. Both quarterbacks made some boneheaded plays last year and the Broncos cannot afford to waste another year with those same issues plaguing them. The other wild card is Chad Kelly. Mr Irrelevant 2017 may have more pure skill than either of the other quarterbacks, but he needs to prove he is healthy and be more poised and less 'Outlaw Country' off the field. Kelly is unlikely to be in the mix this year, but in 2018 he could make more of a push if Siemian/Lynch don't overly impress.
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2017 Schedule

1vs Los Angeles Chargers
2vs Dallas Cowboys
3@ Buffalo Bills
4vs Oakland Raiders
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs New York Giants
7@ Los Angeles Chargers
8@ Kansas City Chiefs
9@ Philadelphia Eagles
10vs New England Patriots
11vs Cincinnati Bengals
12@ Oakland Raiders
13@ Miami Dolphins
14vs New York Jets
15@ Indianapolis Colts
16@ Washington Redskins
17vs Kansas City Chiefs