Denver Broncos: Is it time to move on from Paxton Lynch?
In the recent weeks, the Denver Broncos have tried to have themselves an open competition at quarterback. Trevor Siemian quickly put that competition to rest. Technically, there was no competition. It was open and shut with ease. Now the second year back up, Paxton Lynch, is on the shelf with an injury. He will be replaced by rookie Kyle Sloter. What should the Broncos do with Lynch? Is it time to cut their losses?
John Elway selected Paxton Lynch in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Many thought that the organization needed to try and find their next franchise quarterback after the retirement of Peyton Manning. That was until Trevor Siemian stepped up. However, Elway still proceeded to draft Lynch. Possibly seeing Siemian as a bridge.
Lynch was known as a project QB. Having played in a spread system in college, it was going to take some time for him to adjust to the pro game. But how long will it take?
During OTAs and mini camp, there were some hints that maybe Lynch was taking that next step and grasping an NFL offense. However, when it came time to get down to it, Lynch was still off. He has actually been out played in the 2017 preseason by a rookie out of Northern Colorado, Kyle Sloter.
Let us compare.
Paxton Lynch – 16/24, 90 yds, 0 TDs, 0 INTs. 67% completion rate and a QBR of 73.
Kyle Sloter – 16/20, 193 yds, 2 TDs, 0 INTs. 80% completion rate and a QBR of 140.
Now you may say that Sloter stats are against 3s, 4s, and players who may not even make NFL rosters. While this may be true, the game still moves and Sloter has proven that he can surely hold his own when on the field.
A recent injury suffered by Paxton Lynch will now give the Denver Broncos the ability to possibly evaluate Sloter for a full game on Thursday Night. He was once expected to not be on the roster. Now he could end up being the Broncos number two man.
So saying that Lynch cannot recover from the injury or does not progress into the franchise QB that Elway and the Broncos wanted from him. What should they do?
Do they hold on one more year and see if Siemian pancakes? Is it time for the Denver Broncos to cut their losses and move on from Paxton Lynch. There is still time to get some good quality draft picks out of him.
Several teams could be interested. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills immediately come to mind. Maybe even a place like the Los Angeles Chargers would be a nice spot too. He could learn behind a solid veteran like Philip Rivers.
No matter what happens, the Denver Broncos may have to make a decision on a recent first round pick. Are they satisfied with the progress that Paxton Lynch is making? If not, there is still time for a move. That may just be the best for both parties.
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