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Horse Tracks: Paxton Lynch getting more comfortable with experience

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Denver Broncos first-round pick Paxton Lynch is currently third on the depth chart, but each rep he takes is allowing him to be more comfortable with the Broncos offensive plans and playbook.

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Good Morning, Broncos Country.

Being a first-round NFL draft selection puts a lot of expectations on a young players' shoulders, but with each day and each rep, Broncos quarterback of the future Paxton Lynch is becoming more comfortable with the offense and playbook.

"Definitely. I think that just comes with more reps and more work with these guys and timing as well with calling the plays and getting used to the verbiage," stated Lynch who has been taking third-team reps with the Broncos at the start of mini-camp.

Lynch has prepared diligently and developed his own way to familiarize himself with the play calls and understand everything being asked of him as a rookie in order to prove himself on the field.

"The biggest thing is, when they’re calling the play and I hear it in the headset, I’m just saying it to myself out loud so I can get used to it. It’s just like calling a play in the huddle," said Lynch.  "I go through my footwork, my reads and my progressions just like I’m out there going through the play myself."

And his diligence and preparation seem to be paying off.  Lynch is making the right moves and believes he has come a long ways since his first day on the gridiron with the Broncos.  The playbook might be vast and a lot larger than what he was accustomed to at Memphis, but that isn't deterring him at all.  Each day, he becomes more confident in his abilities and his proud of his progression to date.

"It’s still just as big (playbook), but I know a lot more when it comes down to it instead of just opening it for the first time and looking at it. I feel like I’ve come a long way from where I started and I’m pretty proud of that."

Despite Mark Sanchez taking all the first-team reps and second-year player Trevor Siemian earning second-team reps, Head Coach Gary Kubiak wouldn't announce Sanchez as the starter, nor Siemian as the back-up in the early stages of mini-camp.

"No, I’m not going there right now. I’m just trying to rep them all, and like I said that going into this week, we wanted to set precedence as far as exactly how we work – not move too many guys in with centers and those type of things, so we’re going to work this way for three days."

It might be a long-shot for Lynch to be the Broncos' opening day starter when they square off against the Carolina Panthers, but if he continues to work hard he may certainly be able to.  The competition at quarterback is wide open for the Broncos and it is anyone's position for the taking.

To see how it all unfolds, you will just have to stay tuned to Mile High Report for all the latest tidbits and info from the Broncos off-season programs.

As always, thanks for reading and here are today's Horse Tracks.

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