Ordinarily, news about a No. 2 quarterback is not that big a deal.
These are the Denver Broncos, though. And this is the town that both John Elway and Peyton Manning call home.
And Paxton Lynch is no ordinary backup, which is why he drew about 50 media members around his locker Wednesday. He’s a first-round draft pick who Wednesday was promoted from third-stringer to No. 2.
Heads up, Brock Osweiler. Here comes Paxton.
“Really at the end of the day you could boil it down to everybody’s looking over their shoulder,’’ Osweiler said. “Every single year, regardless of how long you’ve been in this league, how successful you’ve been, teams are always trying to find someone better and cheaper to replace you.’’
Osweiler has a chest-shoulder bruise and didn’t throw in practice Wednesday. He suffered the injury during the second series of the Broncos’ 41-16 loss Sunday night to the New England Patriots.
Osweiler stayed in the game and threw well and he is expected to start Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Yet, during first-team passing plays Wednesday, Lynch was the quarterback.
It’s no coincidence his right shoulder injury is healing just as the Broncos are going through a five-game losing streak.
Although Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said he has not yet fully committed to Lynch as his No. 2 quarterback Sunday against the Bengals, it sure looks that way. And if Lynch is No. 2, he would then be one play away from becoming the Broncos’ quarterback for the first time since he started in place of the injured Trevor Siemian on December 4, 2016 at Jacksonville – or 11 ½ months ago.
“Obviously if you’re going to ask me if I can play, I’m going to say yes,’’ Lynch said.
The move to No. 2 means Lynch could well be in position to becoming the starting quarterback if the 3-6 Broncos lose one more game. Why? Because Joseph and general manager John Elway need a proper evaluation on whether Lynch is ready to become their starting quarterback in 2018, or find another one.
Siemian, by the way, probably would not dress as the No. 3 quarterback against the Bengals. This is the same Siemian who beat out Lynch two years in a row for the season-opening starting job, and was the Broncos’ quarterback all last season and the first seven games this season.
And so it goes with Broncos quarterbacks.