DENVER • Paxton Lynch made a statement to a state that doubts him.
It was a late statement. Maybe too late. But it was a statement.
Lynch was stuck in the second half of the Broncos 21-10 show win over the Arizona Cardinals. He threw two touchdowns that gave both an impressive touch, and heightened the question hovering over him and the franchise.
Does Paxton Lynch belong to the Broncos 2018?
If you go with the exhibition on Thursday night, then the answer would be yes. But a lot more goes into the question than a wrong game. Lynch took a lot of luggage into the exhibition on Thursday. He has done little since he arrived in Colorado, but the fight has turned the state against him.
Nevertheless, that night, Lynch emerged from his often sleepwalking paths. He showed nerves to challenge the secondary. He showed emotions. He showed insights into the talent that inspired the Broncos to catch him in the first round.
Meanwhile, Chad Kelly was mediocre and dropped a very badly-considered interception. Kelly has beaten Lynch in the fight against the backups, but he has given little indication that he is ready to lead the Bronco offense in a real game.
Starter Case Keenum had a strong preseason and seems ready to average performance in the starting quarterback.
Depth at quarterback, the most important position of the NFL, remains very shaky.
Will the Broncos keep three quarterbacks on their last roster?
Lynch may have changed the answer with Thursday's efforts.
Su & # 39; a Cravens arrived in Denver, surrounded by questions about his footballing future. He was one of America's best high school players and a great security guard at USC, but concussions in Washington almost drove him out of the NFL.
Cravens, in a cameo, was impressive on Thursday's win. He showed the physical hardness to cover tight ends and speed to cover wide receivers.
Henderson impressive as he struggles to survive
De'Angelo Henderson is reconnoitred, as do a few dozen Broncos fight to survive. He made a strong bid on Thursday to get a roster.
Henderson showed impressive footwork and strength. He was the offensive star of the first half.
The preseason is over. Let's Cheer
After Thursday's victory, Broncos fans can say to Cardinal fans, "Our bank guys are better than your bank guys!"
The real games are just around the bend. That are great news.