Debating Points: When Will Paxton Play?

Denver Broncos quarterback and 2016 first round pick Paxton Lynch is expected to sit behind veteran QB Mark Sanchez and develop before he hits the field.

When Broncos general manager and Hall of Fame QB John Elway was asked about Lynch’s status, he responded, “We think he’s going to be ready quicker than a lot of people think.” Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak, who was Elway’s backup quarterback from 1983-1991, said Lynch has “a long way to go, but it’s exciting to see him and what he could become.”

At Memphis, Lynch played in a spread offense. In addition to adapting to the speed of the NFL, Lynch has to learn how to play quarterback under center. The learning curve is steep, but Lynch is a talented player who could wind up starting by the end of the season depending on how Sanchez is playing and if the Broncos are contending for a playoff berth.

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