The Denver Broncos made a slightly surprising decision to retain Paxton Lynch in their 53-man roster. Do not expect it will change the future of the quarterback.
If Paxton Lynch were not the first-round player, there would be no chance he would still be on the Broncos list. John Elway and his company can sleep a little better with the quarterback on their list, but all they've done is move the inevitable. Apart from a series of injuries, Lynch's chances of becoming a major player in Denver have disappeared.
Reports from Denver claim that Lynch will survive the first wave of cuts to reach 53. This does not prevent Lynch from dropping Lynch in favor of a player who was cut by someone else. It is not out of the question that the former Memphis signal caller might be on the street before the start of the regular season.
Even if he does, he will still go into the season as quarterback of the third team. Chad Kelly dubbed him thoroughly during the preseason. As such, he has risen to second place in the depth chart behind Case Keenum's free-agent acquisition.
This is a pretty strong case for a player named Broncos franchise quarterback three years ago. Most scouts expected that Lynch would take some time to say goodbye to the college game. Memphis' offense during his time there did not resemble anything that can work in the NFL.
Unfortunately, he has not become a beginner. His inability to show anything positive during his three preseason missions this year sealed his fate. After 24 attempts to throw at 90 yards, did nothing to impress Vance Joseph and his troop.
The truth is that it would have been best for anyone involved to let Lynch find a new team. The Broncos obviously have no confidence in his ability to become a starter. If they did, he is still a backup on their depth chart.
From Lynch's point of view, it would probably have given him the chance to land in another team. There are still fans of his talent on coaching staffs around the NFL. Getting a chance to leave Denver's punchy environment and learn a new insult might have given him a fresh start to boost his career.
Lynch's best hope is to hold a clipboard for the Broncos this season. If he survives for the entire 201