With roster cuts nearly completed, the Denver Broncos have decided to go with three quarterbacks as Paxton Lynch will remain with the team.
Paxton Lynch was drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos in the 2016 NFL Draft. He has yet to take that next step to become the franchise quarterback. Injuries and inconsistency have played a huge part of his early NFL career.
His only solid game before the 2018 preseason came in relief of an injured Trevor Siemian in Tampa Bay. After the Denver Broncos decided not to draft a quarterback in the offseason,the belief was that Lynch would have a shot at the backup job.
Then Chad Kelly came along and performed well. Lynch would get bumped to the third string. It is rare to see an NFL team carry three quarterbacks. But it appears that is what the Denver Broncos are going to do.
As the roster cuts are concluding, it has been reported that Paxton Lynch will in fact remain with the Denver Broncos and be apart of the final 53-man roster.
Going into the 2018 season, unless there is any injuries to either Case Keenum or Chad Kelly, Paxton Lynch will be treated as the emergency quarterback. I honestly believe that Lynch’s performance in the final preseason game is what allowed him to keep his job.
With the multiple roster moves that have been made today, it is a shame to see that a roster spot that could have been used for a skills player was given to a quarterback that will be a game day inactive for what could be the entire 2018 season.
I would have thought that the Broncos would pursue a trade. Cutting him would have cost the Broncos more money than keeping him. This will likely be Paxton Lynch’s last chance to make some kind of impact.
He does have the fifth year option available in his contract after this season. Barring some kind of unforeseen event, I don’t see Elway exercising it and he could be gone before that is even considered.
It is looking more and more likely that the former first round pick will soon officially be labeled a bust. But his time in Denver continues for the time being.