Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Friday that Lynch is the team's No. 2 quarterback, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports. Joseph merely is stating the obvious, after the Broncos signed Case Keenum to be their starter and traded Trevor Siemian (shoulder) to the Vikings. Given how bad he's looked in limited action since being selected 26th overall in the 2016 draft, Lynch ultimately may face competition for the backup job from 2017 seventh-round pick Chad Kelly (wrist) and/or a rookie from the upcoming draft. The Broncos don't seem especially likely to add another veteran signal-caller, as they still need to address weaknesses at right tackle, tight end and the No. 3 receiver spot.
Lynch completed 21 of 31 passes for 254 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions during Sunday's 27-24 loss to Kansas City. He added 13 yards on three carries and lost a fumble. Lynch capped off his 2017 with a six-yard touchdown toss to Demaryius Thomas in the back of the end zone to tie the score at 24. It's fair to wonder how many more of those Lynch will have in orange and blue. The second-year passer had far and away the best start of his career on Sunday, but delivered a number of costly turnovers, including a strip sack that Kansas City returned for a score. The size, strength, and speed have never been a problem for Lynch, it's been the happy feet and missed reads. It's hard to see that improving as Denver faces the possibility of giving Lynch his fourth coordinator in three seasons this offseason.
Broncos head coach Vance Joseph reiterated after Sunday's 27-11 loss to the Redskins that Lynch would likely start Week 17 against the Chiefs if the quarterback's sprained ankle cooperates, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports. "Our goal is to see [Lynch] play, so absolutely," Joseph said. "If he's ready to go next week, he will probably play for us." Lynch and Brock Osweiler split first-team reps throughout practice last week, but Osweiler received the nod Sunday when it was determined that the lingering effects of Lynch's high-ankle sprain would limit the second-year signal caller to backup duties. Even if Osweiler had performed well in the blowout loss -- he completed 22 of 38 passes for 193 yards and tossed two interceptions -- a healthy Lynch would likely still be considered the favorite to start the regular-season finale, as his status as a 2016 first-round pick has Denver eager to see what he can do heading into 2018. Lynch was a limited participant in two of the Broncos' three practices last week, so if he's able to put in a full session or two in the coming days, Joseph should feel more comfortable turning the offense over to the 23-year-old. Though Lynch has more perceived upside than Osweiler, he has yet to show much promise in four career appearances. With a 59.7 percent completion mark for a weak 5.5 yards per attempt and two touchdowns against two interceptions in those contests, Lynch should be treated as a lower-tier fantasy option at quarterback if he garners the Week 17 start.
Lynch (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Redskins, but will dress as the backup to Brock Osweiler, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports. Though Lynch was able to practice all week and even put in a full session Friday, the Broncos' coaching staff evidently wasn't convinced that the quarterback was running at full strength. As a result, Lynch will be limited to the understudy role Sunday, but the expectation is that if he endures no further setbacks with the sprained ankle, he'll receive the starting assignment for the season finale against the Chiefs. Osweiler is set to become a free agent this offseason and may not have a future with the organization, so it behooves the Broncos to take a longer look at Lynch, a 2016 first-round pick.
Though the Broncos haven't announced a starting quarterback for Sunday's game against Washington, "all signs point" to Brock Osweiler getting the assignment over Lynch (ankle), Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports. Such an outcome would give Lynch some added time to recover from his right ankle sprain in advance of the Broncos' season finale Dec. 31. Though he's listed as questionable for Sunday's contest, per Jhabvala's report, Lynch is on track to suit up as the backup, as the Broncos haven't added a third quarterback to their 53-man roster.
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