Nothing generates hype quite the way promising young quarterbacks do.
Denver's Paxton Lynch is no exception as the number of people expecting a breakout season from the Broncos' quarterback seems to be rising exponentially.
Lynch was solid in his rookie season. On October 2, 2016, he played in his first NFL regular season game replacing an injured Trevor Siemian against the
So who's climbing on the Lynch bandwagon this season?
Fox Sports' Cameron DaSilva picked Lynch to nab the starting job from Siemian:
"Lynch andwill be one of the most competitive position battles of training camp this offseason with both players getting a fair shot to win the job. Siemian was the starter last season, but his play was underwhelming and didn’t provide enough of a spark to retain the gig for 2017."
CBS Sportsis also drinking that same Kool-Aid:
Canfora's assessment of why Lynch has a chance at stealing the starting role is interesting:
"Lynch's mind is catching up to his body, and John Elway moved up to take him in the first round a year ago for a reason. His new offensive coordinator, Mike McCoy, is uniquely experienced in developing this kind of athlete.
"The sophomore signal-caller will make his share of mistakes and throw some picks, but I also believe the scope of this offense will expand considerably and that Demaryius Thomas will get his swag back. Lynch will be a handful by the end of the season. I like his chances of succeeding with this defense backing him and that franchise having been limited by an inability to get yards in chunks since the rapid demise of Peyton Manning's arm."
9NEWS Denver’s own Mike Klis weighed in on Sunday with his assessment of Lynch's potential this season saying:
"It’s not that Lynch has overtaken Siemian. It’s just that his game is now in legitimate position to compete once training camp opens July 27 and the preseason schedule begins Aug. 10 at Chicago...His switch was flipped. He started to get it. He started to play as if he was doing just that – playing. Playing and not thinking about his protections and hot reads and coverages and delivering the ball on time."
With Siemian posting what many consider to be a pedestrian season in 2016, it's not a huge surprise that they are looking to Lynch to really do something spectacular in Denver. Siemian has proved reliable if not spectacular, so Lynch still has an uphill battle to dethrone the Broncos' starter from last year.
The pundits seem to believe he can do it, and Lynch has all the tools for success at his disposal in Denver. Only time will tell, but Siemian should be looking over his shoulder as training camp and the preseason arrive.
Source: Scotty Payne - SBNation · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS