Many(myself included) had high hopes for Paxton Lynch when the Broncos traded up for him in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was a raw prospect with good size, intriguing tools, plus athleticism, and a player who fit the Broncos desperate need at quarterback.
Keep in mind they just lost Brock Osweiler to the Texans in free agency, signed Mark Sanchez, passed on Colin Kaepernick, and were just beginning to go down the Trevor Siemian road. So they needed a young “quarterback of the future” and Lynch fit that bill.
Starting to feel bad for Paxton Lynch. When you get boo birds on your back in the 4th qtr of a preseason game, it's time to find a fresh start. Broncos need to move the guy tomorrow. Get it over with.— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) August 19, 2018
It started out promising for Lynch, but it quickly went downhill. He lost out to seventh round quarterback Trevor Siemian in a starting quarterback battle that was weighted in his favor. He has struggled whenever he has played and seems to regress every time he takes the field. Then, he once again lost out to a seventh-round quarterback(Chad Kelly) this summer to be the backup to starter Case Keenum.
It’s just time to move on and may be beneficial for both parties to do it sooner rather than later.
The contrast between second-team quarterback Chad Kelly and Paxton Lynch is evident. Kelly is oozing confidence and is seeing the field well. He is making accurate throws and appears to be a promising young quarterback for the Broncos.
As for Lynch, he looks lost out there. He has zero confidence on the field, he is thinking too much, he is hesitating before he throws, he tucks and runs(still) too quickly, and just appears to have regressed from his rookie year.
It is time to cut bait.
I believe the Broncos should try to trade Lynch sooner rather than later. The Jets were able to get something for quarterback Christian Hackenberg so I believe there will be a market for Lynch. I do not expect much in return obviously, but you should be able to get something.
Lynch’s first-round label helps him and some team that lacks a young quarterback option behind their veteran starter should be interested. Having a coach with a background of developing quarterbacks should help too. I wouldn’t be shocked to see New England be the team to kick the tires on Lynch but that is pure speculation on my part.
In the end, Lynch needs a change of scenery. His future is not in Denver and he is being showered with boos while already lacking confidence. This isn’t a good environment for Lynch and it would do both sides well to just move on.
It sucks it didn’t work out but prolonging this any longer just doesn’t make sense. It is time to move on from Lynch.