For what feels like the 15th time this season, the Denver Broncos don’t yet know who will start at quarterback. Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch both took snaps during Wednesday’s session.
“Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch split reps at practice today,” wrote Mike Klis of 9News. “No decision on starter.”
“Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Wednesday Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch split reps ’50-50′ in practice,” added ESPN’s Jeff Legwold. “Joseph said no decision has been made on who will start and Lynch was listed as limited in the practice with his ankle injury. Running back C.J. Anderson just said he expected the players would know choice at quarterback by Friday.”
This is a weekly event at this point, with the Broncos waiting until the last minute to choose. That really does sum up their quarterback struggles in 2017. Those teams going into the playoffs all know who they’re going to start on Sunday and they’re not waiting until Friday to figure it out.
Even Anderson alluded to how many times this has happened. “It’s normal,” he said, per the Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala. “We’ll know Friday, as far as what we were told.”
There are two basic fields of thought. Osweiler has played very well and gives them a better chance to win. They’re more likely to lose with Lynch, but he was a first-round pick and they really need to see him play so they can decide what to do in the offseason. With the playoffs out of reach, that gives Lynch the edge if he’s healthy.
“Also Wednesday Paxton Lynch is taking part in his first practice for since he suffered an ankle injury Nov. 26 against the Oakland Raiders,” Legwold wrote. “He still looked to be favoring ankle just slightly when he dropped back from center. Coach Vance Joseph has said he could go until late in the week to name a starter for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins. The Broncos want to see Lynch practice before they make the call.”