KUSA—When the Denver Broncos began to resolve their quarterback situation their initial plan was to have two veteran quarterbacks compete for the starting job and have two young quarterbacks to develop.
Paxton Lynch revised the plan.
After selecting Lynch, a 6-foot-7, dual-threat quarterback from the University of Memphis in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, the Broncos for now will stick with only three quarterbacks.
The Broncos notified free-agent veteran Brian Hoyer on Friday they will not be signing him to compete with Mark Sanchez for the starting job. The Broncos instead will go with the veteran Sanchez as their No. 1 quarterback with Lynch and Trevor Siemian, a rookie selected in the seventh round last year, competing as backups.
“We are continuing to look, but we aren’t going to do anything right now,'' said Broncos general manager John Elway. "We talked about it today, the key thing is to make sure everybody is going to get a lot of reps. We don’t want to be in a situation where everyone isn’t getting the reps that they need. That’s not to say we aren’t going to do anything, we just aren’t going to do anything at this point and time.''
Hoyer has back-up quarterback offers from Chicago, Dallas and Pittsburgh and is expected to choose his next team soon. Hoyer had visited last week with the Broncos and had been waiting to see if the team would extend him an offer.
Elway may bring in a fourth quarterback later in the offseason. But for now he wants to keep the quarterback room and practice field to three. This means barring a monumental offseason upset, Sanchez will be the Broncos’ season-opening starter against the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 8.
Although Sanchez hasn’t been a full-time starter since the 2012 season with the New York Jets, the Broncos are confident the former No. 5 overall draft choice is a good fit for head coach Gary Kubiak’s West Coast offensive system.
However, the Broncos also are sending the message they are not conceding Lynch will “redshirt” his rookie year. The team wants to push along his development to get him ready as soon as possible.
Is Lynch here to win the job as starting quarterback for the defending Super Bowl champs when they open their season against Carolina?
“I guess that’s up to the coaches,’’ Lynch said. “But my job here is to come in and come to work every day, day in and day out and give everything I’ve got and compete with those other quarterbacks.“I know they’re ready to compete as well. And I’m going to do whatever I have to do to help this team win ballgames whether that’s playing or pushing the guy in front of me.’’
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