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QB Paxton Lynch - Denver Broncos

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

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Summary

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. To finish mandatory minicamp, things were clicking for Lynch at a high level. It will be interesting to see if he can carry that momentum over to August. We'll see the battle shake out in training camp. (July 10)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 33, 28, 29, 29, 31, 31, 32, 33, 33, 34, 34, 34, 34, 34, 34
QB Dynasty - 28, 22, 23, 27, 27, 32, 35

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2016 DEN 3 49 83 497 2 1 11 25 0
2017 PROJ-Dodds 9 126 208 * * * 20 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 8 144 255 * * * 13 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 2 37 63 * * * 15 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 7 142 234 * * * 16 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 259
QB: 34

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Latest News

Broncos | Paxton Lynch getting more first-team work (Thu Aug 17, 12:22 AM) - Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch has received 'considerably more' first-team reps this week than he ever had during training camp. In a joint practice with the San Francisco 49ers Wednesday, August 16, there were five 'team' periods of 11-on-11 football, with Lynch getting three and QB Trevor Siemian receiving the other two. It was also 'pretty much that way' during the team's practices over the prior two days.

Our View: This is going to continue to be a battle throughout the preseason, but we've long felt that Lynch was the guy. He's John Elways's dude, so he will get the chance to grab the job especially as Trevor Siemian is as average as he is. We won't be grabbing either one as a fantasy starter or backup , but you still need to keep an eye on the battle as it impacts some important players on offense.
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Broncos | Paxton Lynch making better reads? (Sat Aug 12, 09:32 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch looked more comfortable going through his progressions during practice Saturday, Aug. 12, according to Cecil Lammey of 104.3 The Fan.

Our View: Lynch hasn't been great during training camp. While he hasn't been awful, Lynch seems to rush his reads and go with the first thing he sees. After an average performance in the Broncos preseason opener, Lynch may have had his best day of training camp on Saturday. He's going to get the first-team reps this week in joint practices against the 49ers and head coach Vance Joseph has already declared Lynch as the starter for their second preseason game. Joseph insists no starter for the regular season has been chosen between Lynch and Trevor Siemian.
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Broncos | Paxton Lynch to start second tilt (Mon Aug 7, 01:47 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Paxton Lynch will start the second preseason game.

Our View: The Broncos are keeping the door open for Lynch. His play in training camp has not earned that in the eyes of some, but his first-round draft status keeps his chances of winning the job afloat.
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Broncos | Trevor Siemian winning QB competition (Sun Aug 6, 08:33 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian has won 'every single practice session' against QB Paxton Lynch, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports.

Our View: Siemian will execute the offense faithfully to the playbook and calls, but he won't add value to throws. It could help Demaryius Thomas get even more screen targets and high percentage plays, but overall this development means that pass offense won't take a big step forward unless Paxton Lynch does soon, but the clock is running out.
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2017 Schedule

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3@ Buffalo Bills
4vs Oakland Raiders
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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