John Elway told @DenverSports760 this morning: "We think [Paxton Lynch] is going to be ready quicker than a lot of people think."— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) May 5, 2016
It was said a lot prior to the draft that quarterback Paxton Lynch would need a season or two to be prepared to run an NFL offense. He has limited time under center and little experience in a pro-style offense, so he will need to learn all that and be comfortable with it before he his handed the keys to the Broncos offense. However, Denver Broncos General Manager said on Thursday that the rookie quarterback will be ready quicker than most assumed.
Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak already said that Lynch would be competing with veteran Mark Sanchez and second-year quarterback Trevor Siemian for the starting job but will take it all "one day at a time".
"We’ll take it a day at a time. First off, we know that he has the ability to do that(win the starting job), and that’s why we stepped up and went and got him. We’ll put him in the right situation and, like you said, he’s coming to a good football team and needs to stay focused on his job and his growth and what he needs to do. One thing about our team: our guys will embrace him and the will help him. We’ve got a lot of good people around him and, as a quarterback, you can’t ask for anything better than that."
Lynch is easily the more talented of the trio, but he has a long way to go before he can earn the starting the job. Now with that said, I do think if Lynch shows enough during Training Camp and the Preseason that he can be named the starter for week one.
Gary Kubiak's offense is a pretty simple offense for the quarterback, and they can keep things simple for the rookie early on as he gets comfortable with the offense and the speed of the NFL. Lynch is joining a loaded Broncos roster so he doesn't have to be "the guy" this year. He really has little pressure on him. The quarterback play in 2015 was atrocious so it wouldn't take a whole lot to improve on that. Plus the team can lean on their run game and elite defense as well.
GM John Elway to @DenverSports760: "We think Paxton is a young guy w/tremendous athletic ability. We feel like he fits this offense well."— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) May 5, 2016
Elway's comments just shows that he has confidence in the young man he traded up to select in the first round, but now Lynch has to prove it on the field and off the field. Learn the offense, learn everything you need to as an NFL starter and just grow every day as a player.
Lynch will be hitting the practice field for the first time as a member of the Denver Broncos later today as the team begins their rookie minicamp. The process begins today for the young rookie and hopefully he steps up and shows the Broncos coaches and Elway that he is ready to lead this team in 2016, and possibly even for week one.