Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch has certainly struggled in his first two years, but this may be the most telling report yet…
It’s sort of been one thing after another it seems with young Paxton Lynch, the Broncos’ former first round pick out of Memphis who has thrown just 128 passes in his two NFL seasons.
Lynch’s inability to beat out Trevor Siemian for two consecutive seasons has played a role in the situation the Broncos are currently in, though the Broncos’ lack of willingness to let him sink or swim has played a role in it as well.
But to the Broncos’ credit, they have made sure that Lynch hasn’t been given anything he didn’t earn. Apparently there’s more to the story than Lynch simply being unable to win an open quarterback battle.
He was put on blast with this report from Benjamin Allbright:
If that’s not a wake up call for Lynch, I don’t know what would be.
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This would go along with some of the reports that have been floating around this offseason and some of the first-hand player accounts that some of the young guys in Denver have been ‘entitled’ and unwilling to put in the work it takes to be great.
That would also explain the Broncos’ lack of success in terms of wins and losses the past two seasons. When you have a bunch of young players that are embracing their celebrity as an NFL athlete, but not putting in the work to actually be a great NFL player, it’s no surprise players like Von Miller are out there openly recruiting someone like Kirk Cousins.
This is a really bad sign for the future of Lynch, who could find himself traded from the Broncos this offseason, released, or possibly demoted to third string/emergency quarterback. At best, I think Lynch could be Denver’s backup quarterback next season, with the chance to play if — and only if — whoever they bring in is injured.
I don’t view him as the team’s top long-term plan anymore, and a report like this further confirms that. If Lynch wants to turn his NFL career around, he needs to start taking it more seriously.