Broncos QB battle: Paxton Lynch in it to win it as Mike McCoy’s choice

The much-anticipated sequel to the Broncos’ quarterback battle is headed toward a much happier ending for Paxton Lynch. Although Trevor Siemian holds the starting job he earned last season going into this year’s training camp, it’s tenuous at best.

Last year, Lynch was an overwhelmed rookie first-round pick, while Siemian, even as a second-year seventh-rounder, had a huge advantage with an extra year in the same offense.

With coach Gary Kubiak retired and his offensive coordinator Rick Dennison now in Buffalo, it was no accident that Mike McCoy returned to Denver to replace Dennison under new coach Vance Joseph. McCoy’s hiring came with an underlying mission: Get Lynch ready to be effective on the field.

The former Dolphins defensive end was a third-round pick from Akron in the 1997 NFL Draft and went on to become one of the best pass rushers the NFL has ever seen.

He said playing in Akron just 20 miles north of Canton “could have been a Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap million” miles from the Hall of Fame.

“Back then I couldn’t fathom that over the course of the next two decades, step by step I traveled those 20 miles to be on this stage,” the Pittsburgh native said Saturday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame NHL Hockey Jerseys Stadium during his speech as he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “In 20 years I traveled 20 miles, but it was worth every bit of it.”

A six-time Pro Bowler and the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2007, Taylor led the NFL with 18 1/2 sacks in 2002. His 139 1/2 sacks rank seventh all-time since sacks were first recorded as an official statistic in 1982.

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