2016 NFL Draft: Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch said he is excited to get to work and play for one of the best organizations in the league…
The wait is finally over, and the Denver Broncos have a new quarterback in Memphis star Paxton Lynch. Three, four months ago, I would have told you you were crazy if you said that the Broncos had a shot at getting him, and now here we are.
He is our new quarterback.
Lynch knows the pressure-filled situation he’s stepping into, and he can’t wait to get started…
“Obviously I’m very excited and I understand the role that I have coming in. There have been a lot of great quarterbacks that have come through here Denver and a good one obviously last year with Peyton [Manning], so I know there are a lot of shoes to fill. But I’m glad I’m on a team now and I’m ready to get up there and get to work.”
One concern people might have about Lynch is his ability to play from under center. He responded to that after being picked by the Broncos on Thursday:
“I’m very comfortable under center as of right now just because of all the work we’ve been putting into it since I left Memphis, and getting ready for the Combine, getting ready for my Pro Day. That’s all I’ve been doing, I haven’t been doing any of the shotgun stuff, just mostly under center for work and speeding that up and quickening my tempo. Huddle-wise, we did a little bit at Memphis but my freshman year at Memphis we were just a basic huddle team so we were calling the play all the time in the huddle and then we got away from that with more of the spread; so we did a little bit of calling plays in the huddle towards the end of my career there in the red zone but consistently calling plays in the huddle was probably my freshman year.”
Lynch had to wait a lot longer to hear his name called than the other two quarterbacks picked in the first round this year, but he says getting the call from the Denver Broncos was a dream come true…
“It was honestly the greatest feeling. I know the work I have put into this and all the stuff I have done going through this process and meeting all these people and talking to all these people. You just want to get picked and go to a team and get to work. This is a dream come true to me and the Denver Broncos organization is obviously one of the best in the league.”
And of course, he can’t wait to get to work with the Broncos’ pair of Pro Bowl wide receivers in Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas:
“I am obviously really excited. At Memphis, we had some good players that could make plays around me. Obviously watching the Broncos this year, Peyton had weapons all over the place. The way they worked for him and the way he worked for them was incredible to watch. They had weapons on the offensive side of the ball as well as the defensive side of the ball.”
One thing that’s been said about Lynch because of his school and the offense he played in is that he’s perhaps more of a project than other QBs might otherwise be.
“I wouldn’t say I am a project. Obviously every quarterback coming out of college, we have stuff that they need to work on. I don’t think any quarterback is ready so I guess you could say every quarterback is a project when they first get in. There are some good quarterbacks on the roster right now and I know there will be good competition between all of us.”
The competition will have us all excited going into offseason activities.