Day one came and went without the Broncos taking a quarterback despite rumors of a trade up and two of big four being available when they picked. They had a chance to trade up for Lamar Jackson and they did not. Day two came and went and they passed on Mason Rudolph despite having chances to get him. Day 3 went down today and they once again passed on Kyle Lauletta, Luke Falk, and the rest of the quarterbacks. They even stated they were not going to sign an undrafted free agent quarterback.
This is a big vote of confidence for Paxton Lynch and especially 2017 Mr. Irrelevant, Chad Kelly.
Elway: “Paxton’s going to compete with Chad [Kelly] for that backup spot. We’re not going to bring another one in for OTAs."— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) April 28, 2018
Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway was asked why they did not draft a quarterback, and he stated that he is sticking with Lynch and Kelly behind Keenum...for now.
We were looking at the board and there were a couple of quarterbacks over there. I thought that we had other players that we wanted in the direction that we wanted to go. With Paxton, we still think he is young. We are not kicking him to the curb. He cans still develop. When we drafted him two years ago, as I said, we knew it was going to take some time. Paxton is going to compete with [QB] Chad [Kelly] for that backup spot. We are not going to bring another one in for OTAs. We will take a peek at that. It will be those two and [QB] Case [Keenum]. We are going to OTAs with those guys and go from there.”
Former first-round pick Paxton Lynch was always considered a long-term project, but he still has been a bit of a disappointment. The Broncos are hoping he will make strides this offseason/Training Camp without the pressure of fighting for a starting job.
However, his offseason/practices will not be totally stress free for Lynch. Elway stated that he will battle 2017 7th round pick Chad Kelly for backup duties behind starter Case Keenum. They will head into the OTA’s neck and neck and go from there in what figures to be one of the more interesting battles to watch during the summer. Lynch will be trying to shake the bust label while Kelly will be shaking off the rust since he hasn’t played in a football game since October of 2016.
Elway did leave the door open to potentially adding another quarterback down the road. He finished his statement by saying “We are going to OTAs with those guys and go from there.”. If Lynch continues to struggle on and off the field and/or Kelly who is essentially a rookie isn’t doing well, they could look to add more competition.
Until then, Keenum, Lynch, and Kelly are your quarterbacks as they head into OTA’s and as Elway said, we will go from there.