Paxton Lynch is done in Denver.
Paxton Lynch entered the game in the third quarter to boos from Denver fans. He took the field in the fourth to more boos. It couldn’t be more unfair to the young man or embarrassing from the fan base.
Lynch has not shown that he is capable of being an NFL quarterback. Whether more time would enhance his development is unclear. It’s also an opportunity he’s most likely expended in Denver. With the emergence of Chad Kelly at QB2 and the fact that the Broncos are unlikely to carry a third QB on the roster, there’s no discernible path to the 53-man roster for the former first-round pick.
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It’s not that Lynch isn’t trying. He’s passionate, he’s committed. Unfortunately, his skill set may have been vastly overestimated by Denver scouts and executives. Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys were rumored to have great interest in Lynch, the Memphis product. That interest may have prompted John Elway and the Broncos to move up in the draft to secure Lynch. It was a gamble but it wasn’t a huge gamble. Paxton’s athleticism and size are prototype for NFL quarterbacks.
The truth is that Lynch hasn’t built on those tools sufficiently. He remains unrealized potential and that may be all he ever will be.
What’s certain is that if Paxton is going to resurrect himself it will not be in Denver. Local media is clamoring for Denver to move Lynch immediately. An inglorious end for the likeable young man but a move that may be necessary for mental security of the Broncos. We’ve had enough controversy at the position, I’m all for decisive moves related to the quarterback.
I like Paxton Lynch, I hope for good things for him. I can’t imagine the emotions he is experiencing over the last two-weeks or even the last two years.