Denver Broncos: Final 53-man roster prediction
Quarterbacks: Case Keenum, Chad Kelly. (2/53)
This shouldn’t surprise anybody. Case Keenum was obviously a lock to make the team, as the Broncos looked to free agency to take care of their quarterback position.
Trevor Siemian was traded to the Minnesota Vikings, while Brock Osweiler’s second stint with the Broncos was for just one year. He was not retained.
I fully expect Chad Kelly to remain as the Broncos’ backup to Keenum unless someone they like becomes a free agent.
Paxton Lynch outperformed Kelly in the final preseason game but it doesn’t sound like it will make a difference. It was just one game.
The thing I like about Kelly is his desire to take chances. Though sometimes unnecessary, it’s good to have a determined quarterback who throws the ball down the field rather than dump-offs or short passes.
Both Kelly and Lynch played a full half against the Cardinals, which means one of two things to me: either they wanted to see both of them get equal amount of time on the field to make sure they made the right decision by putting Kelly in as the backup quarterback, or they wanted to get Kelly experience while putting more film of Lynch on tape to intrigue a team to make a trade.
Will Lynch’s performance on Thursday be enough to bump up his trade value? It’s hard to say but I’m going with ‘yes’. It may not be much, but anything the Broncos can get for him would be great.
One of the potential trade targets of the Broncos was taken off the table on Wednesday, as the New York Jets traded Teddy Bridgewater to the New Orleans Saints.
There are free agents that the Broncos could sign if they felt that Kelly needed more time before they were completely comfortable making him the backup to Keenum.