Denver Broncos third-string quarterback and No. 26-overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft, Paxton Lynch, failed to seize his opportunity to take over the starting job under center for the team in 2017 with the spot wide open for the taking. 


Instead, his 0-2 record in two starts supported by just two touchdowns and three interceptions led to GM John Elway having to search the market for a competent quarterback this offseason. He did that by signing Case Keenum to a two-year, $36 million deal. 

That's bad news for Lynch, who continues his depth-chart slide, and whose rookie deal runs out after the 2019 season. The Broncos front office will have to make a decision in May whether to offer him his fifth-year extension, which likely won't happen. Still, that hasn't discouraged Lynch from wanting to be the No. 1.

You can never fault a man for his desire to want to be the go-to guy, but there ultimately is a level of realism that has to be taken into consideration. Perhaps Lynch can get another opportunity somewhere else in the future, considering he is only 24-years-old.


But with Denver, barring any injury to Keenum, his window is closed. In order to even consider a potential shot at the starting job, he'll have to first win the No. 2 job over Chad Kelly, and then win over the confidence of his coaches and the home crowd.

That's a heck of a climb for the former Memphis standout, who is shaping up to be an NFL bust.


If he does somehow get an opportunity to play in 2018, that will be his last chance to make an impression. Otherwise, it's second- or third-string at best for the rest of his pro career.