Previous starting quarterback Trevor Siemian will be out in Week 5 against the Atlanta Falcons and the Denver Broncos will give the starting job to Paxton Lynch, who will be making his first NFL start.
Lynch is pressured to play well in his starting debut since the Broncos are currently 4-0, the one of the two only undefeated teams so far in the 2016 regular season. The Eagles are 3-0 and will be facing the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Jeff Legwold of ESPN stated that it’s highly unlikely for Siemian to play against the Falcons, which is known for their high-powered offense led by quarterback Matt Ryan.
Lynch was a first round pick in the recent 2016 NFL Draft and the Broncos are high on him after picking him as the 26th overall selection in the rookie draft. Backing up the rookie on Sunday is Austin Davis.
In his final year in Memphis in college football, Lynch registered 3,776 passing yards on 296 of 443 completions or 66.8% passing rate. He had 28 touchdowns and just four interceptions showing his composure under center in the amateur ranks. He also rushed for 239 yards on 87 carries so he’s capable of running the ball.
Siemian is out due to an injury to his throwing shoulder. Earlier rumors had Siemian trying to play against the Falcons. But with a good 4-0 start, Denver is likely not to risk the injured shoulder and go with their first round pick in Lynch.
Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak declared that Siemian would regain the starting job when he’s back healthy. Sunday’s game will be Lynch’s chance to prove he can be a long-term starer in the NFL.
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