“I think this kid, John and I talked about him last night, we love his energy, he has a passion for the game, he is young coming out and I think this growth is going to take place quickly and I can’t wait to get started next week,” Gary Kubiak on his excitement about quarterback Paxton Lynch.
“We talked about last night that we’re really excited that he can come in, compete for the job and is going to be here and have a great career with the Denver Broncos for a long, long time,” Elway said when introducing Lynch Friday afternoon.
Head coach Gary Kubiak and VP of Football Operations John Elway see a franchise quarterback in Paxton Lynch, whom they drafted 26 overall. The Denver Broncos showed tremendous patience during this whole process of adding the quarterback. John Elway had a plan A all along at the position. It was not Colin Kaepernick. It was not Sam Bradford. It was not Brian Hoyer. It was not Case Keenum. It was Paxton Lynch.
The three quarterbacks taken in the first round, Jared Goff to the Los Angeles Rams, Carson Wentz to the Philadelphia Eagles and Lynch to the Broncos will viewed heavily during the 2016-2017 season. Of the three quarterbacks, Lynch is poised to make an immediate impact on the team. Goff has the defense in Los Angeles with the likes of Robert Quinn, Aaron Donald, Alec Ogletree and Trumaine Johnson; however, Goff does not have the best defense in football on his team, unlike Lynch. Wentz has Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Darren Sproles and Ryan Matthews in Philadelphia, but they are not the talented group on offense, like Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Bennie Fowler, CJ Anderson and now Devontae Booker.
It is possible, with the multitude of weapons at Lynch’s disposal, he can be the leader in the clubhouse for Rookie of the Year this season for the Broncos. Lynch is an extraordinary athlete for his height. Tremendous wingspan and quickness will serve him as the coaches continue to work on his technique under center. Obviously, Ezekiel Elliot in Dallas will also be given strong consideration, but since the quarterback is the most valued position in the game and most scrutinized, Lynch will be given a hard look if he starts right away.
An ideal situation is for Mark Sanchez to start the first six to seven game of the season, which is why the Broncos were diligent in the process of adding a quarterback. However, if the franchise can simplify the offense for Lynch by molding the offense to his skillset, like the one he ran at Memphis and overtake Sanchez in the preseason, an impact on the football field could happen sooner rather than later. The sky is the limit for Paxton Lynch and Gary Kubiak and John Elway already see it.