The Denver Broncos offense has come out of the gates hot, attacking the defense with deep throws and chunk plays. Much of that glory has gone towards Paxton Lynch as the second-year former first round draft pick has begun turning some heads around Dove Valley with his play through two days.
It appears head coach Vance Joseph might be one of those heads turning.
“Paxton is Paxton,” Joseph said of Paxton Lynch. “He is playing ball. He’s improving every day. Both guys are improving every day. The offense—I love it because we’re in attack mode all the time. That’s what I want. That’s my vision for the offense; it’s to attack defenses at all times and to score points. If we can do that, it will make a difference.”
The play of training camp so far was Lynch’s 40 yard scamper for a touchdown, showing off his escapability in the pocket and his speed to outrun defenders down the sideline.
“It’s Paxton, he can run,” Joseph said. “I wasn’t surprised to see that. He made a bunch of those in the spring. For a young quarterback like Paxton, early on, when he’s playing, if things break down, he does have legs to make things better. As a defensive coordinator, you hate that part because you can’t account for that guy. When you want to play man to man, no one is accounting for him. So when things break down early on, he can take off and make big plays with his legs.”
After five years of Peyton Manning, and then Trevor Siemian, taking the sack over trying to run around back there, it might be a bit refreshing to see a more dynamic quarterback doing things with his legs. Keeping plays alive when your offense is struggling is an important key to the Broncos success with a young quarterback.
Even so, Joseph is more concerned about keeping his quarterbacks healthy than he is about extending plays. Lynch and/or Siemian need to be smart about when to scramble and when to just take the sack or throw it away.
“You want those guys to take care of themselves,” Joseph said of quarterbacks extending plays. “As they scramble and run out of bounds, slide. Live for the next play.”
I expected the quarterback competition to be a back and forth much ado affair, but if Lynch keeps playing lights out once the pads go on today and Sunday this competition could become very uncomfortable for Trevor Siemian.
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