The Denver Broncos are apparently on to their third starting quarterback of the 2017 season. In a move that wasn’t all that surprising, the Broncos have decided to go with Paxton Lynch as their starting quarterback for their Week 12 matchup against the Oakland Raiders.
The team has yet to formally announce the decision, but multiple NFL and Broncos Insiders have confirmed the change.
The Broncos have decided it’s time to take a look at Paxton Lynch at quarterback. Lynch will start Sunday against the Oakland Raiders as the Broncos try to snap a six-game losing streak. The Broncos are expected to take a slimmed-down gameplan into the… https://t.co/Brs0o4jSV0
— Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) November 21, 2017
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) November 21, 2017
Source: The Denver Broncos plan to make a change and start Paxton Lynch at quarterback in Week 12. Announcement is expected Wednesday. https://t.co/cvlZb9hhIM
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) November 21, 2017
Source: Paxton Lynch will start for the Broncos this week vs Oakland. Told he’s beyond excited. Obviously.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) November 21, 2017
Lynch will replace Brock Osweiler, who started the team’s last three games. Osweiler had previously replaced Trevor Siemian, who started the Broncos’ first seven games of the season after beating out Lynch in training camp.
Denver traded up to select Lynch in the first-round of the 2016 NFL Draft, but the former Memphis star has had issues adjusting to the speed of the NFL and playing in a pro-style offense.
Interim offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave is expected to install a simplified offensive gameplan for Denver’s game against the Raiders with Lynch’s skillset specifically in mind.
With their chances at making the postseason extremely slim, the Broncos really had no choice but to make the switch to Lynch to see if the 23-year-old has any hope at being the franchise’s long-term answer at the most important position on the field.