Broncos HC Vance Joseph announced Wednesday that Paxton Lynch will be their starting quarterback for Week 12’s game against the Raiders.
- Benjamin Allbright first reported that Lynch was being named the Broncos’ starting quarterback this week.
The expectation has been for some time now that the Broncos would eventually turn to Lynch as their starting quarterback once his shoulder was healthy enough to go.
Denver’s quarterback play has been underwhelming this year and it makes plenty of sense for them to see what Lynch can do with an extended opportunity.
Lynch, 23, was taken with the No. 26 overall pick after the Broncos traded up from No. 31 overall to get him in last year’s draft. Lynch signed a four-year, $9.4 million contract that includes $7.88 guaranteed and is set to make base salaries of $880,741 and $1.31 million over the next two years.
The contract also includes a fifth-year option to pick up in 2019.
In 2016, Lynch completed 49-of-83 passes (59 percent) for 497 yards to go along with two touchdowns and an interception for the Broncos over the course of three games.