Could Paxton Lynch Boost Broncos’ Title Odds?
The Denver Broncos could be looking for a little more upside under center as the 2017 NFL regular season rapidly approaches.
Per reports, the team plans on putting a greater onus on preseason performance than camp production and that could help second year passer Paxton Lynch snag the team’s starting quarterback job.
Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post recently suggested that the Broncos ideally want last year’s first round draft pick to take over the starting job under center and that with ample opportunity, it’s likely that he will.
The only other option for the Broncos is last year’s starter, Trevor Siemian. The former Northwestern star did enough to keep the Broncos competitive, but given the fact that a Super Bowl contender didn’t even make the playoffs in 2016, it’s understandable Denver is hoping for a little more upside at the position.
Lynch is far from a finished product as he enters just his second NFL offseason, but he’s been making positive strides in practice and did get some experenience in last year when Siemian struggled with an injury.
While Lynch delivered mixed results as a rookie in 2016, he reportedly has a better command of the offense and may be better prepared to handle the rigors of the starting job in year two. From a talent perspective, the switch certainly makes sense, as Lynch has a stronger arm, has better size and is arguably the more impressive athlete.
In addition, the Broncos obviously have much more invested in Lynch and would love to see him succeed. If that means more chances to prove he can get the job done, sources close to the team suspect he’ll prove Denver right by seizing the opportunity.
Needless to say, if you bet on Lynch winning the job before camp opened, you should be feeling pretty good about your odds of cashing out.
If you’re smart, you already laid money in Paxton Lynch being the #Broncos starter this year.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) June 5, 2017
If those bets are still open somewhere, now might be a good time to double down.
The Broncos already are on the cusp of greatness no matter who they start under center. The Broncos got off to a start start last year and despite fading down the stretch, still had a shot at the playoffs.
Blessed with solid talent on offense and an elite defense that just won a title two years ago, the Broncos could be slated for a quick turnaround if Lynch ends up being the guy Denver thought he could be when they drafted him.
Vegas doesn’t necessarily disagree. Denver boasts the fourth best odds (+900) to emerge as the AFC representative for Super Bowl 52, while the Broncos also hold solid +2000 Super Bowl 52 odds over at Bovada.
While their potential to make a big push at a high level is obvious, some of the top NFL betting sites still aren’t sure how much they can trust the Broncos. Bovada showcases this in Denver’s win projection Total, as the Broncos sport a shaky Over/Under of 8.5. The oddsmakers don’t hate their chances of taking back the AFC West title, however, as Denver currently has the second best odds (+210) to do so, right behind the Oakland Raiders.
Most of this is all speculation for now and we’ll know more when preseason games arrive. However, it’s telling that the Paxton Lynch hype train is already on the tracks in mid-June. Provided Lynch actually lives up to said hype, Denver could increasingly become an attractive bet across the board.
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