inIt’s a make or break week for the former first-round pick, quarterback Paxton Lynch. This is his week to start at quarterback for the Broncos and to prove to the coaches and General Manager John Elway that he deserves to be the starter.
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Now, this is a make or break week for Lynch because he is coming off a rather disappointing game against the Chicago Bears second and third team defense. The stat line looked alright, but Lynch looked flustered, footwork off, and that confidence that he had in the beginning of camp was now gone. It was a huge missed opportunity for Lynch after Trevor Siemian looked rather mediocre against the Bears as well.
Head Coach Vance Joseph was asked what we wanted to see from Lynch this week and he responded saying that he wants to see decision making and consistency from Lynch.
“I want to see consistency. Decision making is always an important part for me from that position, ball placement. Just to go play well and have success. Relax, go play, throw it around, have success and move the ball and score points for us.”
Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas had similar thoughts about Lynch. When asked what advice he would give Lynch, the Broncos play-making wide receiver said that Lynch needs to go out there and not overthink things. If he has a bad play, don’t let it get to him and just keep ripping it.
“Don’t go out there and overthink. If you do bad one play, go on to the next. It’s all about what you can do that play, not before, can’t live in the past. Just be passionate and go out and play well. He has the tools, he has everything he needs to do. He just has to go out and be passionate. Don’t think about the bad plays and go on to the next”.
Thomas was also asked if he thinks Lynch is worrying about his mistakes too much, and he believes he is. However, he said he tries to keep his spirits up and always trying to keep a smile on his face.
“Sometimes you see him with his head down, but I’ve been talking to him and getting on him. I’m always try to keep him smiling. It’s what you do. It’s what we love to do so you go out and everybody’s not perfect. Nobody is perfect to tell you the truth. Just go out and do your job and don’t think about bad plays.”
It’s not great to hear that Lynch’s demeanor is like that after bad plays. Handling the pressure is something a quarterback needs to do. If he cannot handle the pressure of a quarterback battle between Trevor Siemian, how will he handle the big time pressure that comes with being the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos?
I have said from the beginning that this is Paxton Lynch’s job to lose and so far, he is losing it. He started out doing well in Training Camp but his inconsistencies and Trevor Siemian’s consistently mediocre days put him behind him in the battle. Add in the play during the Bears game and he didn’t make up any ground on him.
Lynch will need to have a great week of practices and a strong showing against the 49ers on Saturday night if he wants to win this job. If not, Trevor Siemian will be your starting quarterback once again and the Broncos future at the quarterback position remains a big question for the team as they head into the 2018 offseason.
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