Chad Kelly’s Debut Creates QB Conundrum In Denver


The move comes after fans booed Lynch when he threw for only 24 yards and tossed an interception during the Broncos' preseason game on Saturday night. "It looked like - I've been saying this in practice, our guys are coming off the ball, it looked like it was in practice".

Lynch signed a four-year, $9,476,296 contract with the Broncos that runs through next season so the team is either going to have a very expensive third-stringer this season or they might just want to consider cutting their losses as well as him. Irrelevant, but he's become the summer football fling for numerous Denver Broncos' faithful as he inches his way up the depth chart.

So it made sense when Denver chose to demote Paxton Lynch to third-string quarterback, promoting Kelly to the backup QB job.

Hill already had a setback earlier in training camp with a sudden stomach illness that kept him out of action for a few days, but he said he has gained back all the weight he lost and started practice on Monday at 317 pounds, in the range of his ideal size. He has great potential - physical potential - but it's got to equal performance eventually.

It's safe to say at this point that Lynch is a massive draft disappointment, and as soon as his days as a Bronco are over (that appears to be on the near horizon), he will receive the dreaded "bust" label. "He understands that it's a performance business. And everything we do, it's graded and it's counted".

Kelly was taken by the Broncos with the final pick, 253rd overall, of the 2017 NFL Draft. Hill returned to the field that afternoon and said afterward the injury was not a concern, but he was held out on Tuesday.

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"And it rewards guys who are playing well, " Joseph said.

"Whatever I can do I'm going to keep on working extremely hard", Kelly said. "When bullets are flying, make sure you execute".

The logic of bringing in a veteran quarterback is pretty simple, though the Broncos sort of screwed themselves over by trading away Trevor Siemian (though there were likely other reasons for doing so rather than just football).

"We're just happy he's back and feeling better, " offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said last week. "That's really what it is". And obviously me being in my second year, I don't know anything.

So even the best of intentions can be cast aside in the heat of the moment when it's, literally, as hot outside as it'll be all season.

Kelly has had an up-and-down camp, but has taken advantage of the failures of Lynch, especially in their game against the Minnesota Vikings.