Broncos to decide on starting QB by the end of the week
The Denver Broncos are out of playoff contention, but their fans are still being kept interested in the team mostly because of a late-season quarterback quandary.
The Broncos have two quarterbacks to choose from: Brock Osweiler, and Paxton Lynch. Trevor Siemian is out of the picture for the meantime after landing on the injured reserve list due to a dislocated shoulder he suffered in last Thursday’s 25-13 win over the Indianapolis Colts. That means he won’t be seeing any football action this season.
Speaking on Orange and Blue 760 radio program, Broncos general manager and president John Elway disclosed that the team would reveal its starting quarterback of choice likely at the end of this week, via Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post.
“I anticipate it being at the end of the week,” Broncos general manager/president John Elway reiterated Tuesday on the team’s partnering station, Orange and Blue 760. “Find out where Paxton is, see where his health is. But I’m sure they’ll get together at the end of the week and do their evaluation and decide who’s going to start after that.”
Paxton, Denver’s 26th pick overall in last year’s NFL Draft, has played in just one game this season, a 21-14 road loss to the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 26 in which he went just 9-of-14 for 41 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. He also suffered an ankle injury in that game, which has kept him sidelined since.
Per Mile Klis of 9News, however, it seems like Lynch will lose another opportunity to start to Osweiler with the sophomore quarterback’s ankle not yet fully healed.
Based on interviews we heard w/Vance Joseph, Paxton Lynch and Brock Osweiler today, I'd be surprised if it's not Osweiler starting at WAS. Joseph and Lynch didn't sound confident Lynch is ready for full workload after missing 3 weeks of practice with ankle. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) December 20, 2017
Osweiler took over Siemian when the latter hurt his shoulder in the Colts game, finishing the contest with 194 passing yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-17 completions. Overall this season, Osweiler has 895 passing yards, five touchdowns, and four interceptions in five total appearances, including three starts.