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John Elway cut ties with his biggest draft bust

Messagepar zhangzk » 25 nov. 2019, 03:05

Sunday when he waived quarterback Paxton Lynch less than 24 hours after including him on the Denver Broncos‘ 53-man roster.In another move Phillip Lindsay Jersey White , the Broncos placed safety Su’a Cravens on IR with an injured left knee and re-signed Isaiah McKenzie, the speedy returner/receiver who was among the team’s cuts a day earlier.Lynch was jettisoned after the Broncos were awarded fellow third-year quarterback Kevin Hogan off waivers from Washington.Elway said he and coach Vance Joseph “met with Paxton this morning and informed him that it’s best for everyone to make this move. We appreciate all of Paxton’s hard work as a Bronco, and we wish him well in the future.”Elway once viewed the athletic but raw Lynch as a future franchise quarterback, moving up in the 2016 NFL draft to select the University of Memphis star with the 26th overall pick in the first round.That move came in the shadows of Denver’s Super Bowl 50 win and shortly after Peyton Manning’s retirement and Brock Osweiler’s departure.Elway acknowledged at the time that Lynch was a project who needed some seasoning but he expressed hope that Lynch might be a quick study.He wasn’t.Twice, seventh-rounder Trevor Siemian handily beat out Lynch in protracted competitions for the starting QB job.When Case Keenum was signed in March, Elway sent Siemian to the Minnesota Vikings, clearing the way for Lynch to serve as the No. 2 quarterback. All he had to do was fend off Chad Kelly, another seventh-rounder.He couldn’t .Kelly had a terrific offseason while Lynch regressed this summer before completing 14 of 15 passes against third-stringers in the Broncos’ fourth preseason game last week at Arizona.Lynch made the team as the third quarterback, but Elway indicated his survival on cutdown day was more a function of Kelly’s inexperience after spending his rookie season on IR last year.“With Chad not having a lot of experience and not having played in a regular season game before, we thought that we had to go with three quarterbacks,” Elway said, “and Paxton was our third.”Less than 24 hours later, Elway found a better option.Hogan and Lynch were both part of the 2016 draft class.Lynch was the third QB selected overall, after Jared Goff and Carson Wentz. Hogan was the 14th QB taken, by Kansas City with the 162nd overall pick in the fifth round, after setting several records at Stanford, including most career wins by a QB (36) and most rushing yards by a QB (1,249).Both have made spot appearances in the NFL.Lynch has played in five games with four starts, going 1-3 with four TDs and four interceptions.In eight games, including one start, for the Cleveland Browns over the last two seasons, Hogan threw for four TDs with seven interceptions. He also has rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown in 18 attempts, a 9.8-yard average.He was traded to Washington on April 6 and was waived by the Redskins on Saturday.Elway and Joseph had held out hope that Lynch was just a late-bloomer , continuing to express their belief in him even as fans had soured on him.After bypassing the deep quarterback class in this year’s draft, Elway said he still thought Lynch could be a starting NFL quarterback, insisting, “We are not kicking him to the curb.”That thinking changed Sunday.Cravens will miss at least half the season now that he’s on IR. He missed most of training camp and the first three preseason games with soreness in his left knee, the same one he had surgery on last year to repair a torn meniscus while he was with Washington.The Broncos acquired him in a trade this spring. There are too many holes for Denver to patch them all in one draft, but this week’s draft is the first step in their rebuilding process."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Broncos NewsBroncos Free AgencyBroncos DraftBroncos PodcastsBroncos 2019 ScheduleKey Offseason DatesCommunity RulesFull ArchiveBroncos StoriesScheduleRosterStatsOdds Shop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁旴reaking NewsBroncos 2019 Draft Class Announced脳Broncos podcastsBroncos Draft 20192019 Draft is just the first step on getting the Broncos back on trackNew,3commentsThere are too many holes for Denver to patch them all in one draft, but this week’s draft is the first step in their rebuilding process. 2019 Draft is just the first step on getting the Broncos back on trackCall it reloading, rebuilding, or remodeling. Whatever term suits your fancy Womens Phillip Lindsay Jersey , the fact that Denver has fallen a long ways from their league leading, primetime playing, Peyton Manning-led Super Bowl winning ways is no secret. One need only look as far as the recent schedule release to see Denver’s lack of Sunday night games, and only two primetime contests as the most recent proof - that and the fact that Denver will be picking in the top ten of the draft for a second year in a row for the first time since 1973. I’m not telling anyone anything they don’t know, and certainly am not here to add insult to injury; merely providing a little perspective on where Denver is historically. Elway may not like the term “rebuild”, but by all intents and purposes, that’s what the Broncos are in the middle of, starting with the new coaching staff hirings. Vic Fangio was brought in with the express purpose of building this team “from the ground up”, starting with fundamentals, and getting back to teaching/developing players, and ultimately helping Denver back to their winning ways.All of this takes time. A few months ago, I documented how coach Fangio built his defense in Chicago from the ground up - literally. Chicago was near the bottom of the league in every category, and a few years later had completely flipped to leading in most. The change happened gradually, and incrementally, with a few pieces every season.When asked about that rebuild in Chicago, Fangio didn’t mince words:Now, here were his comments on his views on Denver’s roster:The work they have to do in improving their roster starts on Thursday night, but it doesn’t stop on Saturday, or in September when the final 53-man roster takes the field. This year and this draft are the building blocks to long-term turn strategy that is focused on getting the right coaches in building and creating systems in which players can develop and thrive. The next step is to go get those players and develop them. Mike Klis joined the guys at 1st & 10 at 10 on Orange & Blue 760 and echoed Fangio’s sentiments as well. He mentioned that when taking a look up and down the roster at Denver’s needs (ILB, DB, IOL, TE, QB), it’s clear that one draft isn’t going to solve everything, which is where coaching comes into play. (Check out the interview in the clip above)All that to say, let’s have a little perspective going into this draft. While I fully expect Denver to knock it out of the park and get players that will help them win in 2019, I am more interested in how those guys continue to help us win in 2020, 2021, and beyond. Who knows, just like they did in Chicago, in a few years we may be writing about the great turn around Elway and Fangio pulled off in Denver, and citing this year’s draft class as names of guys who helped make it happen.

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