It’s Paxton Lynch to the save in Denver. In spite of the Broncos’ trusts that quarterback Trevor Siemian could play through a left foot sprain this end of the week against the Jaguars, the group will swing to their tenderfoot first-round pick for the second time this year, mentor Gary Kubiak said. Siemian harmed his foot in an extra time misfortune to the Chiefs a week back. He is considered everyday, Kubiak said.
Lynch started for an injured Siemian back on Oct. 9 in a 23-16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons . In that game he completed 23 of 35 passes for 223 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He has 393 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on the season.
The Broncos (7-4) cannot afford a setback on the field this weekend. While the Jaguars might normally be a favorable opponent to start a rookie quarterback against, Lynch now shoulders the burden of keeping Denver’s playoff hopes alive. The Broncos are currently third in the division, but are a game out in the AFC wild-card race.
Lynch flashed moments of promise in a limited sample size this year. His speed and pocket mobility are undoubtedly above average, but like every rookie the game needs to slow down for him. Despite their dismal record, Jacksonville (2-9) boasts a budding pass rush, led by recently-awoken free agent tackle Malik Jackson. Jackson, a former Bronco, would probably love nothing more than to show his old general manager that he’s happy in Florida.