Paxton Lynch gets his first practice with Denver Broncos

Feb 6, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Memphis Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch during the Leigh Steinberg Party at the City View at Metreon. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 6, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; Memphis Tigers quarterback Paxton Lynch during the Leigh Steinberg Party at the City View at Metreon. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Denver Broncos: Rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch got his first practice in with the Denver Broncos on Friday, acclimating himself quickly…

Denver Broncos rookie QB Paxton Lynch is getting his feet wet in the NFL, and as the Broncos open their first rookie minicamp, all eyes are on the former Memphis star…

You want to tell me this team isn’t excited about their top pick?

Lynch said to the media following the practice session that it was good to get this first practice in:

“Yeah, obviously coming out here, this is your first time getting on the field since you became an NFL player so it’s pretty crazy,” Lynch said. “I’m really blessed to be out here. Like I said before I even got a chance to be drafted, I would be blessed to be anywhere, and now I’m here as a Bronco and I’m really excited. I’m just really glad I got a practice under my belt.”

As amazing as it has been for Lynch to be soaking in every moment, one thing he’s looking forward to is getting on the field with the rest of his Super Bowl 50 champion teammates.

“Once you walk out those doors and you step out here it kind of sinks in. I think it will really hit me when all the vets get back in here and we’re all in the locker room together and we practice together. Now it’s just all of the young guys. Whenever I get out there with the vets it will feel [like it’s] for real.”

Until Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian are at practice with Lynch, he’s going to be getting all of the reps. That won’t include Saturday’s session, which Lynch has been excused from so he can go back to Memphis and graduate. Before those guys get back on the field with Lynch, however, he’s not opposed to the additional reps:

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“Obviously it’s a whole new offense. It’s an NFL offense so there are going to be struggles with everybody. I felt like I knew what was going on; I just don’t think I was picking it up as fast as I should have. That will come in time. I just love the fact that I’m getting every rep I could possibly get right now so I’m taking advantage of that. When I get in camp with those older guys I’ll be splitting more reps, so I’m trying to get as much as I can now.”

There’s going to be plenty of difference from Memphis to Denver, obviously, and that transition might happen quickly for Lynch. There are some similarities and some glaring differences, but it’s all football and some concepts are just universal. It won’t happen overnight, but his transition can be a smooth one.

“I think the fact that we went through different offenses. We did a lot of stuff moving guys around—pass protections, runs and we did some checking. At Memphis we did a lot of different stuff so I got a taste of a little bit here and a little bit there. Now that I’ve got a chance to come out here I’ve done a little bit of it. Obviously I haven’t done a lot so it will just take some time.”