Be real, Paxton. Face facts. You are who you are.
Paxton Lynch has a first-round skill set who is still raw in the passing game. No sense trying to be who you’re not. Until he further develops the process of reading defenses and throwing the ball accurately and on time, go ahead Paxton. Take off.
“Running the football is always a must for a young quarterback and giving him a chance to have some easy completions,’’ said Broncos head coach Vance Joseph. “That’s also a must for young quarterbacks. I’m looking forward to watching him play because he can run around. His skill set is perfect when you’re young. If it breaks down, he can run with the football. I told him, I said, ‘Just play. Don’t try to be a pocket passer. We call a play and it’s not there, take off and run.’ That’s one of his strengths, so I’m looking forward to watching him play on Sunday.”
Everybody knows Lynch didn’t earn the right to become the Broncos’ starting quarterback Sunday against the Oakland Raiders so much as Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler didn’t win enough to keep the 2016 first-round draft pick on the bench.
If Lynch plays great in the final six games, Broncos general manager John Elway doesn’t have to worry about spending $30 million a year on Drew Brees or about choosing the correct quarterback in the first-round of the 2018 draft.
If Lynch doesn’t play well, then Elway will have a busy, stressful offseason with a No. 1 priority of trying to find a franchise quarterback.
“I don’t take it as a last chance, but I take it as an opportunity to go out there and show that you can be the guy,’’ Lynch said. “They called my number and I’ve been preparing this whole time, whether it was out here on the practice field or in the training room when I couldn’t come out here. I’m confident in where I am and what we can do this weekend.”