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Horse Tracks: Broncos are once again without a “quarterback of the future”

The future at the QB position for the Broncos is once again looking bleak.

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Brock Osweiler wasn’t it, Trevor Siemian wasn’t it, Paxton Lynch certainly wasn’t it, and now Chad Kelly won’t be it. The Broncos search for that elusive “quarterback of the future” has not been a successful one and now will continue after the Broncos waived quarterback Chad Kelly.

They do have veteran quarterback Case Keenum signed through the 2019 season but the journeyman veteran quarterback coming off a career year in 2017 with the Minnesota Vikings appears to be just a one-time thing. Through 7 games this season, Keenum has just 8 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Keenum has thrown at least one interception in each of his games played this year. He certainly has not lived up to the Broncos expectations and with big changes coming to this team in the offseason, his spot on the roster next year isn’t completely safe. Even if he does stick on the roster, he is just signed through 2019 and the Broncos currently just have Kevin Hogan as their number two quarterback.


What makes this problem even more of an issue for the Broncos is the strength of the upcoming draft class at the quarterback position. It’s a “weak class” according to most draft experts and the potential top quarterback prospect in the group may not declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. So the Broncos could be in the tough position of needing a quarterback and not having a quality prospect available to remedy their issue and only prolonging this period of sub-par quarterback play for them.

One thing to note is that a “weak quarterback class” narrative doesn’t always end up being true. It was brought up often during the 2017 NFL Draft and that draft produced MVP candidate Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Mitchell Trubisky. All three have shown different levels of success during their short careers but they definitely proved that “weak quarterback class” narrative to be wrong. This obviously doesn’t mean the narrative surrounding the 2019 quarterback class is wrong, but just something to keep in mind as we creep closer to that time of the year.

At the end of the day, the release of Kelly will force the Broncos into having to find yet another “quarterback of the future”. How they go about finding that guy and who they pick will be something we talk about down the road. However, for now, all we can do is complain about the Broncos lack of an answer at the quarterback position currently and in the near and distant future.

Horse Tracks:

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Seahawks await specific NFL punishment for Mychal Kendricks – ProFootballTalk
Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks met with the NFL last week regarding his playing status, and coach Pete Carroll said he hopes to hear a specific punishment for Kendricks next week.

Myles Garrett avoids fine for postgame criticism of fired official – ProFootballTalk
The NFL doesn't look too kindly on players and coaches publicly lambasting its officials. The league fined Steelers coach Mike Tomlin $25,000 earlier this month for his criticism of officials after his team's victory over Atlanta.

NFL admits flag was wrongly picked up on hit to Baker Mayfield’s head – ProFootballTalk
The NFL has admitted that the official who threw a flag on a hit to the head taken by Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield made the right call, and should not have been overruled by the other officials.

Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers “absolutely” views Steelers game as unfinished business – ProFootballTalk
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Jimmy Garoppolo vows to come back stronger next season – ProFootballTalk
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Adam Gase 'going to re-evaluate everything' after loss -
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Texans' Will Fuller done for season with torn ACL -
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DeAndre Hopkins on non-catch: I'm going to count it -
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Haley: Baker Mayfield 'has to be ready' vs. Steelers -
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Thielen: I wouldn't be the WR I am without Bridgewater -
Adam Thielen is on the verge of becoming the second player in NFL history to record eight consecutive games with 100-plus yards. Thielen credited former Teddy Bridgewater for his success.

Jerry Jones: Amari Cooper has 'been as advertised' -
Earlier this week, the Cowboys traded for WR Amari Cooper. Owner Jerry Jones is already impressed with the new addition to his squad, saying he'll "change the dynamics of the offense."

Injuries: Bears LB Khalil Mack questionable vs. Jets -
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Seahawks to honor Paul Allen with jersey patch -
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Everson Griffen set to return for Vikings vs. Saints -
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who missed the last five games because of a mental health issue, is expected to play against the New Orleans Saints, Tom Pelissero reports.