Broncos' Paxton Lynch turns heads with three plays on second day

Posted at 2:35 PM, Jul 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 16:39:52-04

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Broncos fans share their disappointment over last season. However, they remain sharply divided on which quarterback can lead a rebound under coach Vance Joseph. 

This much is certain: Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch remain in a true competition, and Lynch looks dramatically different than a year ago.

On the second day of training camp, Lynch made three plays worth noting. He completed a long pass over the middle to receiver Cody Latimer, giving him a chance to make a leaping catch with a risky throw. He connected with Emmanuel Sanders on a touchdown, the type of precision throw that Sanders admitted could win the former Memphis star the job if he pulled it off consistently. And he ran for a 40-yard score, though the defenders aren't cleared to hit the quarterback. Lynch took care of the ball even if he caught a break when cornerback Aqib Talib dropped an interception thrown into his belly.

Lynch's practice left an impression. His confidence is tangible. His enthusiasm is contagious, and his belief is real that he can win the job. 

"Paxton was very comfortable today," Sanders said. "That shake route I ran in the red zone, that ball had some velocity. It was on the money -- toe tap. It was just a beautiful throw."

Lynch benefits from the new scheme, which features more shotgun formations and shades of plays from Mike McCoy's days with the Chargers and Bill Musgrave's time with the Raiders. Trevor Siemian rallied at the end of practice with two scores. He also made a strong play outside the pocket, keeping his eyes upfield on a completion.

"I see Trevor come back, and he's throwing off his back foot, a perfect throw," Sanders said. "Both of them want the job. We're going to see."

Clarity will begin developing Saturday. The players will wear shoulder pads for the first time followed by a full-padded practice Sunday, Lynch's day to start practice with the first team. Stacking together good days becomes critical leading into the preseason opener on Aug. 10 at Chicago. Coach Vance Joseph, while in no hurry to make this "huge decision," would like to make his choice after the second exhibition game at San Francisco on Aug. 19.

"Both guys are improving everyday," Joseph said Friday. "The offense -- I love it because we're in attack mode all the time. That's what I want. That's my vision for the offense. If we can do that it will make a difference."



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