REPORT: Paxton Lynch named Broncos starter

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 19: Quarterback Paxton Lynch
DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 19: Quarterback Paxton Lynch /

The Denver Broncos are 3-7 and have suffered through atrocious quarterback play, and now are turning to their third different starter.

The Broncos have gone through the wringer this season. After starting the season 3-1 before the bye week, Denver came back to play the winless New York Giants at home in primetime. The result was a stunning loss, with five straight losses after that.

The Broncos are now riding a six-game losing streak and at 3-7, head coach Vance Joseph has reportedly taken the final measure of giving Paxton Lynch the keys to the car. Lynch was drafted in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft but could not win the starting job in two separate training camps, losing out to Trevor Siemian twice.

Siemian kept the job throughout last year as the Broncos went 9-7, but this year, things went south. Siemian finally lost his job against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 8, when the former Northwestern standout threw a trio of interceptions in a listless 29-19 loss.

Lynch is finally healthy after battling a shoulder injury throughout September and October, and gets his chance, replacing Brock Osweiler. Lynch was a star in Memphis, showing off athleticism and a big arm. Unfortunately, the Broncos have seen none of that, with Lynch only throwing 83 NFL passes, hitting on 59 percent of them.

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Lynch started in two games last year, playing in three. He averaged 5.99 yards per attempt and amassed two touchdowns and an interception to go with a 1-1 record. At this juncture, Denver is less concerned about wins and losses and more worried about whether Lynch is the future, or if he’s a bust in waiting.