Broncos demote former first-round pick Paxton Lynch to third-string quarterback


If the worst case scenario plays out and Case Keenum goes down on the first play of the first game of the season, it's unwise to have a guy who has never played an National Football League regular season snap before (Chad Kelly) replace your big money free agent.

Paxton Lynch, who held the backup role until Monday, was pushed down to the third team after he finished 6-of-11 for 24 yards, an interception and a 22.2 quarterback rating against the Vikings.

Kelly was the No. 3 quarterback who threw two touchdown passes in the Broncos' live scrimmage two weeks ago, while Lynch struggled with the No. 2 offense.

What Chad Kelly has created is a quarterback conundrum for head coach Vance Joseph.

"He has great potential, physical potential".

When asked Monday if he feels he can perform if called upon in the regular season, Kelly said he's just focusing on working hard at the moment.

Chad Kelly came on and played much better, throwing for 177 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on 14-for-21 accuracy, drawing a rave review from the crowd. Chad's played well. He's played with poise, he's played with confidence. As of now there have been no reports or comments from the Broncos office but we can be certain it's coming in the wake of last night's game. It's been that way since the spring. He had a great spring. "It's his turn to be the two".

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Kelly will replace Paxton Lynch who had a rough game on Saturday night. "He's earned that right".

"It's not over, we're still playing".

Joseph cautioned that "we've got to be patient with Chad".

"I wouldn't have gotten there if it wasn't for my teammates", Kelly said of the promotion.

Kelly knows he'll have his doubters. "We don't want to get in any kind of conflicts like they apparently had in Washington", Zimmer said. That's what it is, " he said.

"Even the best ones are still working extremely hard". They don't know everything. Like I said, it's not just me that got to that position.