The Denver Broncos demoted 2016 first round pick Paxton Lynch to the No. 3 quarterback on the roster, and it apparently didn't sit well for the 6-foot-7 product out of Memphis.
Denver is rolling with free agent signing Case Keenum, who's coming off a career season with the Minnesota Vikings in which he led them to their first NFC Championship Game since 2009. Chad Kelly - a 2017 seventh round pick and nephew of Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly - moved up to the second stringer.
Broncos head coach Vance Joseph admitted that Lynch was unhappy about being demoted, but wasted no time in being honest about the latter's performance thus far.
"(Lynch) is upset, he didn't like it, he wants to know why and he's got to play better,'' Joseph said, via Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com. "Simple as that, it's a competition ... it's the league. No one's not playing their best players.''
The Broncos traded up to draft Lynch in 2016, with Peyton Manning retiring and Brock Osweiler signing with the Houston Texans. But the Broncos rolled with Trevor Siemian as their starter for the 2016 season. Due to Siemian being injured, Lynch played three games but only completed 59 percent of his passes for two touchdowns and one interception.
Lynch started two games in 2017 but had just two touchdown passes against three interceptions and lost both starts. But Lynch can only take so much of the blame, given the team's brutal offensive line, mediocre ground game and little help from wide receivers.
The Broncos have missed the playoffs in consecutive years after winning five straight AFC West division titles, which included two trips to the Super Bowl and a Lombardi Trophy triumph three seasons ago.
Lynch has yet to impress any of his coaches in Denver, and the Broncos won't waste time releasing or trading the 2016 draft choice if he doesn't turn a corner soon. With roster cuts pending, we shouldn't be surprised if Denver decides to move on from Lynch before their Week 1 contest against the Seattle Seahawks.