Lynch completed 11 of 15 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason game versus the Broncos. He also ran four times for 38 yards and a score.
Lynch is positioned at No. 3 on Seattle's depth chart behind Russell Wilson and Geno Smith, but this game should be enough to lift him over Smith. He'll get the chance to take reps with the second team for the next week while Smith recovers from a minor surgery on his knee. While the Seahawks are still probably going to sign another quarterback to compete for the job, if Lynch can repeat the performance he put up against the Broncos he appears poised to take the job.
The Seahawks signed Lynch on Thursday, Sports Radio KJR reports.
The Broncos traded up to pluck Lynch in the first round of the 2016 draft, but he was stuck behind Trevor Siemian for most of his rookie season and both Siemian and Brock Osweiler in 2017. Lynch made five appearances (four starts) during those two years, completing 61.7 percent of his passes for 792 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. After Case Keenum arrived in Denver last offseason, Lynch was unable to keep a job by Week 1 and remained out of football in 2018. Upon joining the Seahawks, Lynch will battle Brett Hundley for slotting at quarterback behind Russell Wilson.
Lynch worked out for the Packers on Tuesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
It's not clear if the Packers took a look at Lynch for any other reason than they wanted to evaluate him as a prospect, but it does at least lead to more speculation that the Packers are considering shutting down starter Aaron Rodgers for the rest of the season. Lynch remains a free agent for now, but if the Packers do decide to call it a season for Rodgers, Lynch is presumably the favorite to take his place on the roster.
Lynch is slated to work out for the Bills on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Broncos recently cut ties with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, but he figures to catch on elsewhere as a backup. The Bills have current starter Nathan Peterman, as well as 2018 first-rounder Josh Allen on hand, so if Lynch were to sign with Buffalo, he'd be the team's clear-cut No. 3 option. Alternatively, the team may just want to kick the tires on Lynch, with an eye toward having him on a short list of potential replacements should either Peterman or Allen suffer an injury.
Lynch was cut by the Broncos on Sunday, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Lynch survived cutdown day but didn't have a spot on the team after the Broncos claimed Kevin Hogan off waivers. The 2016 first-round pick may have a chance to latch on elsewhere as a developmental project.
Lynch survived roster cuts as the Broncos' No. 3 quarterback, ESPN.com's Jeff Legwold reports.
Lynch still has a spot on the team but will be stuck behind Case Keenum and Chad Kelly on the depth chart. It won't come as a big surprise if the Broncos eventually release the 2016 first-round pick out of Memphis.
Lynch is expected to play the entire second half of the Broncos' fourth preseason game Thursday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Lynch's demotion throughout the preseason has been widely publicized and the decision to play him behind Chad Kelly on Thursday suggests the Broncos are ready to move on from the former 2016 first-round pick. Playing well against third stringers in the second half of the fourth preseason game yields no upside for Lynch.
Lynch was overtaken by Chad Kelly as the Broncos' No. 2 quarterback, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Lynch was abysmal in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings, completing only 6 of 11 passes for 24 yards and an interception. Kelly, on the other hand, looked much more impressive and totaled more yards on the ground (three carries for 38 yards) than Lynch had through the air. The 26th overall pick of the 2016 draft was the de facto backup quarterback after the Broncos signed Case Keenum in March but now finds himself practicing with the third-string offense.
Lynch will enter training camp vying for the backup spot, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Lynch has struggled to get off on the right footing in Denver, but that doesn't mean the team is throwing in the towel just yet. After passing on a signal caller in the draft, Denver intends to have Lynch battle Chad Kelly for the No. 2 quarterback spot behind Case Keenum. The 2016 first-rounder appeared in just two games last season.
The Broncos plan to adjust their offensive scheme this season to complement the skill sets of both Lynch and new starter Case Keenum.
Broncos head coach Vance Joseph proclaimed a similar sentiment last offseason, noting that the offense under his first year on the sideline would suit Lynch and Trevor Siemian, who has since been shipped to Minnesota. As for this year's quarterback duo, Keenum and Lynch deliver their best work when extending plays with their feet, so roll-out plays should become staples in Denver's offense under coordinator Bill Musgrave. At the same time, that scheme could also be adaptable for Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and other quarterbacks with decent mobility available near the top of the draft. Denver may be able to spin the Keenum signing and playbook adjustment as positives for Lynch's development, but the team could also be looking at developing another signal caller come April as the front office makes its way through the pro-day circuit.
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 likely will remain with the Broncos in 2018, but his presence on the roster won't stop the team from seeking an upgrade at quarterback, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.
Broncos general manager John Elway pointed out that the team hasn't really had a chance to evaluate Lynch, a 2016 first-round pick who has completed 79 of 128 passes (61.7 percent) for 792 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions in five career games. He's also taken 18 sacks and fumbled four times, displaying a glaring lack of awareness in the pocket. The Broncos might be fine with keeping Lynch around, but they presumably hope he'll be the clear backup behind a proven veteran starter. Trevor Siemian (shoulder) may be available for trade during the offseason.
Lynch completed 30 of 45 passes for 295 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions during 2017. He added 30 yards and two fumbles on five carries.
General manager John Elway lamented that the team didn't get to see much of Lynch this season during his year-end press conference. The second-year passer missed much of the season with a sprained throwing shoulder and then sprained his ankle a little more than halfway through his first start. Lynch made some big-time throws in Week 17 against the Chiefs, but also turned the ball over three times. Obviously, you'd want to see your first-round pick play more than about 16 quarters in two seasons before thinking about making a switch, but Denver is in a unique position. With the fifth overall pick, the Broncos are in prime territory to nab Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, or Baker Mayfield. Denver might also be in on Kirk Cousins. It might not be fair to Lynch, but Denver seems likely to move on this offseason.
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 confirmed that Lynch (ankle) would start Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.
After being limited to backup duties in the Week 16 loss to the Redskins while he continued to recover from a high-ankle sprain, Lynch was widely viewed as the leading candidate to start the season finale if his ankle didn't prove to be an issue. It was expected the Broncos would at least wait and see what Lynch was able to do at Wednesday's practice before rendering a decision on a starter, but the team was apparently content enough with the quarterback's health two days after the loss to Washington to feel comfortable having him return to the No. 1 role. Brock Osweiler will thus assume backup duties on the heels of a mediocre outing, but it's hard to envision Lynch being a vast upgrade at quarterback. Though Lynch's first-round pedigree theoretically gives him a high ceiling, he's struggled to move the chains during his four NFL appearances to date, completing 59.7 percent of his passes for 5.5 yards per attempt.
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.
Lynch (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Washington after practicing fully Friday.
Coach Vance Joseph noted Friday that Lynch is at "about 90 percent" at this stage. Meanwhile, Joseph did not indicate whether Lynch or Brock Osweiler would draw the start at QB for Denver on Sunday, with a decision on that front slated to arrive following meetings later Friday.
Lynch (ankle) was listed as a limited participant at Wednesday's practice and split first-team reps with Brock Osweiler, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.
The Broncos seemingly prefer to take another look at the 2016 first-round pick before the season winds down, but they first need to determine if he's healthy enough to play Sunday in Washington. If not, Osweiler will get the nod in Week 16, with Lynch then targeting Week 17 against the Chiefs for his second start of the year (and fourth of his career). The Chiefs might be resting starters at that point, as there's a decent chance they'll be locked in as the No. 4 seed in the AFC. Per Legwold, Lynch still appeared to be favoring his ankle Wednesday, when he practiced for the first time since he suffered the sprain in a Nov. 26 loss to the Raiders. He was utterly ineffective in that contest, completing nine of 14 passes for only 41 yards while taking four sacks and throwing an interception. A decision on the Week 16 starter likely will be made before the weekend.
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