The Denver Broncos’ offense looked sharp today in OTAs, and QB Paxton Lynch was leading the charge.
In keeping with Head Coach, Vance Joseph’s plan, the QBs will take turns getting the day to work with the first-team. Lynch made the most of his day today, showing one of his best performances of the off-season.
Paxton Lynch w/ his best throw of OTAs, IMO, hitting Demaryius Thomas in stride streaking across the middle for TD. He's having a good day.— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) June 5, 2017
In a move-the-ball period, Lynch led the first-team offense to a TD, splitting the D to hit Thomas on a deep TD pass on a post route.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) June 5, 2017
Lynch’s biggest moment came when he led the offense down for a touchdown in a 2-min period.
It just happened. Lynch in a two minute drill outplayed siemian. Led team to a TD w long TD pass to DT. Siemian 4 and out with bad throws— Darren McKee (@dmac1043) June 5, 2017
The local reporters in attendance weren’t the only ones who took notice of Lynch’s big plays. Coach Joseph praised the entire offense for their work today:
“I thought the entire offense looked really good today. They had a slow day on Thursday.... They came back today and made some big plays, especially in the two-minute period. That’s a game-winning touchdown. And we found a way to get the balls in the hands of our playmakers, No. 88 (Demaryius Thomas) and No. 10 (Emmanuel Sanders). Those guys made big plays today.”
It’s encouraging to see things begin to come together for the young quarterback as he begins to look more comfortable out on the field and showcase the talent that Elway and others saw when trading up for him in the draft last year.
CJ Anderson mentioned it last week when asked about Lynch’s comfort level on the field.
“Paxton is just way more comfortable this year. That is what’s helping. I think that’s what’s helping him. Same with Book. I think that’s helping them become the pros that they want to become—the fact that they had a year in the National Football League. They know what it takes to be a pro. They know that a lot of things that they have to do, the little things that they have to do will put them over the edge and over the hump compared to relying on their athleticism or just pure talent which got them, and got us all here. We all learned that in our first and second year in the league that it takes those little things, those little details to put you over the hump. I think that’s what Paxton is doing a lot better this year.”
Lynch will need to continue to have practices like these to overtake incumbent, Trevor Siemian, who also made some nice throws today. According to Andrew Mason’s practice notes, Siemian hit both Jeff Heuerman and Marlon Brown on touchdowns today and showed good poise in the pocket on those connections.
It’s important to remember that this is just one day in non-contact practices, but to hear good news from both the young QBs is encouraging, especially as they go against the top defense in the league.
It’s a help because when you’re facing the best every day, it makes game day easier. Seeing the edge rushers that we have, seeing the tight coverage every day, it’s going to help those guys play better on gameday. Games should be easier than practice. When you’re playing against one of the top defenses in the league, it should make their lives easier on Sundays.”
~ Vance Joseph
When asked if it was fair to say this was Lynch’s best day, Joseph answered, “He had a great day....It was a good day for the entire offense. He made some nice throws. Yes, it’s fair. He had a great day.”
Here’s to more great days like this one for our offense. MHR’s Ian St. Clair and Adam Malnati discuss this on their podcast as well. Check it out below!