Paxton Lynch’s offseason play isn’t making the Broncos’ quarterback decision easy

Paxton Lynch made big strides in the final few weeks of Denver’s offseason workouts. “His switch was flipped.”

(Photo: © Eric Lars Bakke/ Denver Broncos)
 (Photo: © Eric Lars Bakke/ Denver Broncos)
(Photo: © Eric Lars Bakke/ Denver Broncos)

As the Broncos’ 2017 offseason program ends and the team prepares for training camp, it is still unknown who the starting quarterback will be. Paxton Lynch isn’t making that decision any easier for Head Coach Vance Joseph either.

Just about everyone who watched him play said Lynch made big strides in the final few weeks of Denver’s offseason workouts.

“His switch was flipped. He started to get it. He started to play as if he was doing just that — playing,” Mike Klis of 9News wrote. “Playing and not thinking about his protections and hot reads and coverages and delivering the ball on time.”

The Broncos drafted Paxton Lynch in 2016 with the hope that he could fill the team’s quarterback spot. Lynch started two games this past season and the team went 1-1 during that time. He also made an appearance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when quarterback Trevor Siemian was injured. Lynch threw for 497 yards last season with two touchdowns and one interception.

“The physical ability is there. He’s a first-round pick, great height, great arm talent, great mobility,” Joseph told the MMQB.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports listed Lynch as a sleeper on the verge of having a potential breakout season.

“Lynch’s mind is catching up to his body, and John Elway moved up to take him in the first round a year ago for a reason. His new offensive coordinator, Mike McCoy, is uniquely experienced in developing this kind of athlete,” wrote La Canfora.

McCoy is back for his second tenure with the Broncos’ as the team’s offensive coordinator after previously serving as the Los Angeles Chargers’ head coach. He has worked with a number of different quarterbacks including Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow.

Joseph is willing to be patient with the quarterback position battle and has said there will not be a deadline for a decision.

“We want our offense to develop a confidence and a swagger that says they can go out and play with anyone,” Joseph told the MMQB.

“All I can do is go out there and play, get better every day and then whatever happens after that will happen,” Lynch said to 9news.

The Broncos get back to work on July 27 when the team begins training camp in Englewood. The team will play its first preseason game on August 10 in Chicago against the Bears.