Written by Madison Kerley and posted on isportsweb’s website on January 24, 2017
According to league sources, Broncos’ general manager John Elway, new head coach Vance Joseph, and new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy are all on board to make 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch the starting quarterback in the 2017 season.
Lynch played college football at the University of Memphis. Standing at 6-foot-7, Lynch is an athletic quarterback and had a very successful junior season in 2015 which consisted of 28 touchdown passes. The Broncos traded up from their 31st pick in order to get the 26th overall pick in the 2016 draft which they used to get Lynch.
The team believes in Lynch’s talent and character and thinks he is capable to earn the starting job. They plan to use organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp in the off-season to assess where Lynch stands and want to do everything they can to elevate him to the starting position.
Despite all this support, earning the starting job will not be a walk in the park for Lynch. He still will have to beat out the Broncos 2016 starter Trevor Siemian. Siemian is a seventh-round draft pick and is going into his third year with the Broncos. The departure of Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler before the 2016 season led to the search for a new starter which Siemian eventually won, but the Broncos staff want Lynch to have a chance to take over in 2017.
The coaches also have a plan for a fast-tempo and aggressive offense in 2017. A style of play that may suit Siemian more with a year of play under his belt. Lynch will have adapting to do, but with his arm strength and athleticism he has potential to win the job.
Siemian has the experience, but his results from the 2016 season have fans wanting something new. Lynch might be the answer Broncos staff and fans want, but will take some work during the offseason to get there.
Offseason workouts for the Broncos will begin on April 3 and OTAs start around May 18. Lynch will be the focus as offseason work starts due to Siemian’s recent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. Siemian is predicted to be back in time for OTAs.
With still about three months until offseason work, the Broncos have options to discuss and consider. The team always has the option to add another quarterback with experience, but with Elway’s continuous support of his current young quarterbacks that seems very unlikely.
The question is, will Lynch take advantage of the support he has around him and become the Broncos starting quarterback for the 2017 season.