Denver Broncos receivers want quick quarterback competition
Both of the Broncos star wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are both looking for a quick resolution on the quarterback competition front…
Who likes a quarterback competition? Not the Denver Broncos star receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Both receivers have spoken up in the past week wanting the competition to be settled sooner rather.
“About a week-and-a-half into training camp,” Demaryius Thomas told Mike Klis of 9news when asked how long he wanted to see this drag out. These players understand that the longer it goes, the less reps they will have with the eventual starter. Emmanuel Sanders was even more candid when asked when he’d like it resolved.
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“I want it to be done now if it’s up to me.” Sanders told Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post. Both of these players witnessed a quarterback competition just a season ago while Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian dueled it out for the starting job. The offense was abysmal in 2016, and a small part of that was likely a lack on continuity between starting quarterback and the receivers.
“I wouldn’t say that it affected it, but is there a difference of saying, ‘Oh we got our guy and we can sit up here and work out and we know who’s running with the first team and who’s running with the second team and yeah we can build chemistry a lot easier?’ Yeah,” Sanders again told Jhabvala.
Neither have offered up a whole lot about who they prefer, but both did offer up some insight into the differences between the players. In the same Mike Klis piece, Demaryius Thomas had this to say:
“I remember Trevor had been pretty cool the whole time. Everybody has their days. And then the first couple weeks we see Paxton…the last couple of weeks he was just out there lighting it up. It was like, ‘Ooh, where did that come from?’ It’s going to be a good competition. I’m excited about it.”
Both players had seemingly good things to say about Paxton Lynch. For months, sources have continuously told Predominantly Orange that Paxton Lynch will be the starter barring a complete meltdown. Thomas’ comments fall directly in line with what has been said about the rise of Lynch during training camp.
Perhaps the narrative that Siemian was firmly ahead was something that was planted by the Broncos to make this competition seem fair to Siemian. The reality is, the Broncos have never wanted Siemian to start due to the investment made in Lynch. They have to find out what they have in Lynch now.
However, from what sources have indicated is that this won’t be a “if it’s close, play the first-rounder” type of ordeal. It has been stated that Paxton Lynch heavily outplayed Trevor Siemian in the latter half of the OTA’s and into the mini-camp. Lynch could end this quarterback sooner rather than later as coach Vance Joseph has stated he will call it when he see’s separation.
According to another Broncos player, Paxton Lynch starting wouldn’t be a surprise in the least. Chris Harris Jr. stated on in an interview on NFL Network that Lynch has a “great chance to be the starter.”
“I think he has a great chance man. He improved a lot. The offensive scheme just fits him better, man.” Harris told David Carr of NFL Network.
“Playing in the shotgun offense. We took the the Chargers head coach Mike McCoy, and we took Bill Musgrave who was very instrumental in [Derek Carr’s] career. To add those two offenses to Paxton has really opened it up for him and really helped him a lot.”
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The players seem to be fully on board with the idea that Paxton Lynch will likely be the starter. The cleats get laced up in 15 days and the battle will begin. If the receivers have it there way, the battle will be over sooner rather than later so that the Broncos can get down to business.