RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have added former New York Jets starting quarterback Geno Smith to the competition to back up Russell Wilson.
Seahawks sign former 1st-round QB Paxton Lynch
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are giving quarterback Paxton Lynch another chance in the NFL.
Lynch's signing Thursday throws the former first-round pick directly into the mix as a potential backup for Russell Wilson.
Lynch was cut by the Denver Broncos before the start of the 2018 season. He started four games in his first two seasons for Denver after being the No. 26 overall pick in 2016 but was not signed by any teams in 2018 after being released.
Broncos’ new backup QB is former Stanford star
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — If anything happens to Case Keenum, the Denver Broncos' offense would be in the hands of Kevin Hogan, who rose up the depth chart when Chad Kelly slipped up.
A third-year pro, Hogan has one NFL start on a resume that includes more wins (36) and total yardage (10,634) in college than any of the all-time great quarterbacks who played for Stanford, including his boss, John Elway.
Broncos cut ties with 2016 first-round pick QB Lynch
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway cut ties with his biggest draft bust Sunday when he waived quarterback Paxton Lynch less than 24 hours after including him on the Denver Broncos' 53-man roster.
In another move, 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 has big 2nd half, Broncos beat Cardinals 21-10
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A near-perfect second half in the preseason finale didn't appear to be enough to give Paxton Lynch the No. 2 quarterback job in Denver.
Lynch completed 14 of 15 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns and was not intercepted, leading the Broncos to a 21-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night.
Big decisions looming for John Elway on Broncos QBs
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Chad Kelly has a tenuous hold on the No. 2 quarterback job in Denver, and not because Paxton Lynch is making a push to regain the gig he lost to him this summer.
Kelly gets one more shot at showing he's a worthy backup to starter Case Keenum when he starts the Broncos' final preseason game Thursday night at Arizona.
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen one step from Hall of Fame
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Pat Bowlen's nomination for the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a jolt of good news for a franchise that's had little to cheer in the 30 months since winning Super Bowl 50.
Peyton Manning retired. Gary Kubiak resigned. Paxton Lynch flopped.
The Broncos have lost 18 times over the last two seasons and went 5-11 in coach Vance Joseph's first year in 2017.
Paxton Lynch has gone from 1st-rounder to roster bubble
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph said former first-round pick Paxton Lynch was "obviously motivated" by his demotion to third-string quarterback last week "and that's a good sign. He's upset and he should be upset."
Lynch might not have enough time to channel that frustration and salvage a roster spot.
Chad Kelly of Ole Miss, "Mr. Irrelevant" as the final pick of the 2017 draft, has outworked and outplayed Lynch all summer and in both of Denver's exhibition games.
Keenum rebounds but Bears beat Broncos 24-23
DENVER (AP) — Chicago quarterback Mitch Trubisky and Denver QB Case Keenum feel better about their respective offenses after starting out faster and finally moving the chains Saturday night.
"Scoring points always feels better," said Keenum, who led two scoring drives in three possessions one week after his dud of a Denver debut.
Trubisky also bounced back from a dismal debut last week by connecting with Trey Burton for his first score of the summer.
Broncos still believe in Jeff Heuerman, Devontae Booker
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — When he demoted Paxton Lynch to third string QB this week, Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph said potential simply has to equal performance at some point and that the depth chart reflects results.
That doesn't explain why tight end Jeff Heuerman and running back Devontae Booker are listed as starters despite middling resumes, promising pursuers and so-so summers.
John Elway says he might still seek a veteran backup QB
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos might not be done shuffling backup quarterbacks.
General manager John Elway said Tuesday that he might still sign a veteran to back up starting QB Case Keenum if he doesn't feel Chad Kelly can win games in a pinch.
"I'm not going to tell you we're definitely going to stand pat, but I'm not telling you we're going (in) that direction, either," Elway told 103.5 The Fox radio station in Denver.
Paxton Lynch demoted, Chad Kelly promoted in Denver
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Paxton Lynch inched closer to full-blown bust status Monday when he was demoted to third string after Chad Kelly's solid debut in the Denver Broncos' exhibition opener.
"Chad's played well. He played well in the scrimmage. He played well Saturday night. So he deserves the chance to be the 2 right now," coach Vance Joseph said.
Lynch was disappointed, Joseph said, "but he understands that it's a performance business."
Kelly outshines Lynch in Broncos scrimmage
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Chad Kelly outshined Paxton Lynch in the Denver Broncos' scrimmage Sunday, and that might have earned him work with the No. 2 offense in his quest to win the backup job behind Case Keenum.
"Yeah, he looked good," coach Vance Joseph said after watching Kelly throw two touchdown passes in a five-play span following Lynch's erratic performance that included a sack and a near interception.
Broncos brain trust hasn’t given up on Paxton Lynch
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos fans have pretty much given up on Paxton Lynch.
No longer do they fill the airwaves and social media posts with debates about how Denver's 2016 first-round draft pick should be learning on the job even though he hasn't earned the Broncos' starting quarterback job.
They're wearing Case Keenum No. 4 jerseys now, ready to move on from the crisp No. 12s that have gotten about as much wear and tear as Lynch's own game-day jersey.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — One thing that Peyton Manning, Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian, Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch all quickly learned in Denver was that nothing comes easy against the Broncos' "No Fly Zone" secondary at practice.
It's something opposing quarterbacks discover on game day.
Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward are no longer here, but Chris Harris Jr., Darian Stewart, Justin Simmons and Bradley Roby remain.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway has changed his mind about adding another quarterback to the Denver Broncos' roster.
The Broncos signed undrafted free agent Nick Stevens of Colorado State on Thursday, three weeks after Elway said he wouldn't bring in a fourth passer for offseason workouts.
After bypassing QBs in the NFL draft last month, notably Josh Allen and Josh Rosen with the fifth overall pick, Elway said he was satisfied with the group he had.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Not even the signing of free agent Case Keenum could keep the Broncos from staging yet another quarterback competition this offseason.
There is no question that Case Keenums performance during the 2017 season for the Vikings is going to change his career.
He finished the season as the 45th-highest-paid quarterback in the NFL, trailing signal-callers such as Ryan Mallett, Scott Tolzien, Matt Moore and Paxton Lynch.
Keenum also finished the season second in Total QBR, ESPNs quarterback rating system, ahead of stars such as Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson.
Chiefs, Broncos turning to young QBs in season finale
DENVER (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs are taking the bubble wrap off rookie QB Patrick Mahomes II in their regular-season finale at Denver, where the Broncos are taking another look at Paxton Lynch , who's in danger of being their most disappointing first-round pick since Marcus Nash in 1998.
Broncos declare Paxton Lynch the starter for finale
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos will start Paxton Lynch in their season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs — providing he can play on his sprained left ankle that's sidelined him for more than a month.
"He wasn't quite ready last week. Hopefully, he's ready to go this week," coach Vance Joseph said Tuesday. "That's the plan to start Paxton this week."
Osweiler or Lynch? Broncos QB carousel keeps spinning
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — The Denver Broncos' quarterback carousel continues to spin, and no one's quite sure when or where it'll stop.
After Brock Osweiler was 22 of 38 for 193 yards with an interception and a fumble in a loss to Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins, coach Vance Joseph hopes to get Paxton Lynch some snaps in the season finale next week against the AFC West-champion Kansas City Chiefs (9-6).
Joseph blunt about navigating quarterback uncertainty
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos began 2017 ensnared in a dreaded quarterback competition and they're ending the year entangled in another.
Paxton Lynch lost out to Trevor Siemian last summer and it's doubtful after missing most of the season that he could beat out Brock Osweiler this week in a fair fight.
But this week is about splitting snaps at practice, not even-handedness.
Broncos aren’t sure who will be their quarterback this week
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos aren't sure who their quarterback is.
Broncos still juggling quarterbacks during lost season
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Vance Joseph's rookie season in Denver has been full of losses, laments and quarterback switches.
Joseph said Friday that Trevor Siemian's season is over, indicated Brock Osweiler's starting days also might be finished and hinted Paxton Lynch could start at Washington next week .
Siemian’s season is over but Lynch could get another shot
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Trevor Siemian's season is over after the Broncos' starting quarterback injured his left shoulder in Denver's 25-13 win at Indianapolis, coach Vance Joseph said Friday.
Joseph also hinted that Paxton Lynch and not Brock Osweiler would start next week at Washington.
Osweiler’s strong relief appearance leads Broncos past Colts
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler played like a relaxed reliever on Thursday.
He couldn't have picked a better time.
With Paxton Lynch inactive and Trevor Siemian out after two series, Osweiler trotted onto the field, ran for one touchdown and threw for two more to lead the Broncos past Indianapolis 25-13 for their first road win of the season.
Kelly, Lynch among inactives for Broncos-Colts game
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts center Ryan Kelly and Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch were inactive for Thursday night's game.
Kelly sat out the third straight week with a concussion and was replaced in the lineup by Mike Person.
Lynch was out with an injured ankle as Trevor Siemian made his 10th start of the season.
Raiders defense fared well in first game under Pagano
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Whether it was the change in defensive play-callers, the opportunity to face Paxton Lynch or a matter of just making some plays, the Oakland Raiders are coming off their best defensive performance of the season.
Quarterback carousel turns again for struggling Broncos
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos emerged from their latest loss in need of yet another change at quarterback and facing two games without cornerback Aqib Talib, who was suspended for his fight with Michael Crabtree.
The Broncos also are facing the prospect of the longest starting streak among defensive linemen coming to a halt and losing another one of their tone-setters on defense.
Joseph: Paxton Lynch out 2 to 4 weeks with high ankle sprain
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Quarterback Paxton Lynch will miss two to four weeks with a high right ankle sprain, coach Vance Joseph announced on his weekly radio show Monday.
So, it's back to Trevor Siemian, who started the season but was benched a month ago in favor of Brock Osweiler, who was supplanted last week by Lynch.
Broncos have unconventional advice for nontraditional QB
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Vance Joseph has a non-traditional quarterback on his hands, so conventional wisdom has been shunted aside in Denver along with two veteran QBs.
A six-game skid convinced the Broncos (3-7) to make major changes to their wheezing offense.
Change takes center stage when Broncos visit Raiders
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — When a season that started with such promise turns into disappointment, change is inevitable.
That's exactly the case this season in Denver and Oakland.
With the Broncos (3-7) heading into this week's AFC West showdown in Oakland on Sunday on a six-game losing streak, and the Raiders (4-6) coming off a lopsided loss that put another dent into their playoff hopes, both teams underwent a bit of an overhaul this week.
Englewood, Colo. — Twenty-one months ago, John Elway was basking in a confetti shower as he put his fingerprints on the third Super Bowl trophy he's captured for the Denver Broncos and dedicated it to team owner Pat Bowlen, who's battling Alzheimer's.
Not much has gone right for Elway and the Broncos since that night in Northern California.
Denver Broncos have hit a rough patch
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Twenty-one months ago, John Elway was basking in a confetti shower as he put his fingerprints on the third Super Bowl trophy he's captured for the Denver Broncos and dedicated it to team owner Pat Bowlen, who's battling Alzheimer's.
Not much has gone right for Elway and the Broncos since that night in Northern California.
Broncos turning to Paxton Lynch at quarterback
Vance Joseph handed Denver's starting quarterback job to Paxton Lynch on Wednesday, elevating the former first-round pick who failed to win the job outright under two different coaching staffs but gets another chance because of Denver's tailspin .
"Paxton is a talent and he's our first-round pick," Joseph said. "We're trying to change what's happened offensively, so it's simply his turn."
First-year eligibles Ray Lewis and Randy Moss are among 27 semifinalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The hall said Tuesday that all ties for the 25th spot in the semifinals also advance.
Others in their initial year of eligibility who made this cut are Brian Urlacher, Richard Seymour, Steve Hutchinson and Ronde Barber.
AP Source: QB Paxton Lynch to start for Denver
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — It's time to see conclusively if quarterback Paxton Lynch is a bust or just a late bloomer.
The Denver Broncos' former first-round draft pick will make his first start this weekend at Oakland, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Denver coach Vance Joseph won't announce his starter until Wednesday.
Broncos’ Lynch will serve as Brock Osweiler’s backup
Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch is active for the first time this season and will serve as Brock Osweiler's backup.
Trevor Siemian has gone from starter to backup to inactive over the past month.
Rookie punter returner Isaiah McKenzie was benched after his fifth fumble. Wide receiver Jordan Taylor takes over the punt return duties.
Broncos pondering making Paxton Lynch the backup
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Paxton Lynch has a good chance of being active for the first time this season when the Denver Broncos face the Cincinnati Bengals.
Brock Osweiler will make his third start for the Broncos (3-6), but coach Vance Joseph for the first time left open the possibility that Lynch would leapfrog Trevor Siemian as the backup.
Brock Osweiler looks ahead, not over his shoulder at Lynch
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Unless the Denver Broncos can regain control of a season skidding out of control, Paxton Lynch could get the starting quarterback job he's never been able to earn outright.
Broncos bench rookie returner, Lynch’s workload increases
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The slumping Denver Broncos have a new punt returner and a new backup outside linebacker. They might be getting a fresh face at quarterback soon, too.
Newly acquired TE Martellus Bennett active for New England
DENVER (AP) — Newly acquired tight end Martellus Bennett is active for the New England Patriots' game at Denver on Sunday night despite a shoulder injury that led to his release from Green Bay.
The Patriots claimed Bennett on Thursday after he was waived by the Packers. The team cited a "failure to disclose a physical condition" as the reason for the move. Bennett disputed that notion.
Broncos QB Paxton Lynch throwing again, aims to return soon
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Paxton Lynch has resumed throwing after almost seven weeks and said that he aims to return to action this season.
"Yeah, yeah, for sure," Lynch said, dismissing any notion of this being a "redshirt" year for him.
The former first-round draft pick sprained his right shoulder Aug. 26 in an exhibition game against the Green Bay Packers shortly after he was officially beaten out by Trevor Siemian for the starting job.
Broncos’ Siemian starting to make believers across the NFL
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Trevor Siemian is finally starting to get some love around the NFL.
Through two weeks, the Denver Broncos' third-year pro is tied for the league lead with six TD passes and the Broncos (2-0) are tops in the NFL with a 57 percent third-down conversion rate.
Siemian spent his rookie year learning from Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler, an apprenticeship he parlayed into the starting job by beating out the franchise's supposed future QB, Paxton Lynch, in back-to-back summers.
Taylor, Turner, Doss inactive for Broncos against Chargers
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos deactivated wide receiver Jordan Taylor, guard Billy Turner and cornerback Lorenzo Doss in addition to their four injured players for their game against the San Diego Chargers.
Also out for Denver are: quarterback Paxton Lynch (shoulder), running back Devontae Booker (wrist) and defensive ends Zach Kerr (knee) and Jared Crick (back).
Before Monday night's game, the Broncos added defensive tackle Tyrique Jarrett and waived Kyle Peko.
Brock Osweiler is thrilled to be back in Denver as backup QB
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Brock Osweiler was so excited to be back in Denver he swore he would have signed for a buck, played in bare feet or even been the Broncos' water boy.
QB Kyle Sloter says he’s signed with Vikings practice squad
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Kyle Sloter, who started just nine games at quarterback in college but became a preseason sensation when he led the NFL with a 125.4 passer rating, said Sunday he's signed with the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad.
Sloter tweeted his thanks to Denver Broncos fans who found in him this summer a cult hero on the fringes of the QB competition between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch.
Brock Osweiler returning to Broncos as backup QB
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Brock Osweiler is returning to Denver 18 months after jilting the Broncos in free agency.
The Broncos agreed to terms with Peyton Manning's former apprentice Saturday on a one-year deal after the quarterback was cut by the Cleveland Browns. Provided he passes his physical Monday, Osweiler will serve as Trevor Siemian's understudy in his second stint in Denver.
Sloter rebounds in Denver’s 30-2 win over Arizona
DENVER (AP) — A slow start didn't rattle Kyle Sloter, and he's hoping it doesn't faze John Elway or Vance Joseph, either.
The undrafted rookie from Northern Colorado shook off two early sacks and a safety to lead Denver on touchdown drives of 98 and 96 yards Thursday night that sparked the Broncos' 30-2 rout of the Arizona Cardinals.