23 year-old Paxton Lynch is finally getting his chance to start this Sunday as the Denver Broncos travel to the Bay Area to take on the Oakland Raiders. The former first-round pick will make his first start of the season. First reported by NFL Network’s James Palmer – Lynch will be taking the place of the struggling Brock Osweiler. Denver is expected to make the official announcement Wednesday.
Lynch after being selected by the Broncos in the 1st round of the 2016 NFL Draft
Lynch has not played in a game since he started against the Jacksonville Jaguars on December 4, 2016. He will be the third quarterback to start for the Broncos this season after Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler. Denver fired Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy on Monday – quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave will serve as the interim offensive coordinator for the remainder of the season.
“I thought at this moment for our football team moving forward, that a change was needed – going from Mike McCoy to Bill Musgrave simply because I want to have a more efficient pass game,” Broncos head coach Vance Joseph told reporters Monday. “You have to have that. Our running game has been good, but our passing game has not been good, in my opinion. We have to find ways to have a pass game where it’s more [completions] and we can call them with confidence. We can call them in hard points of the game and execute. That hasn’t happened, so that’s why the change was ultimately made.”
Lynch was the number 2 quarterback behind Osweiler in last Sunday’s loss to the Bengals. It was the first time Lynch was in uniform for a game in 2017 since injuring his right shoulder on August 26 in the Broncos preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.
Denver’s current record is 3-7, they’re sitting at the very bottom of a weak AFC South division. They have now lost their last 6 games in a row.