There appears to have been a shake-up in the Denver Broncos quarterback depth chart, and it's certainly a telling one.
Head Coach Gary Kubiak has already announced that Trevor Siemian will start for the second consecutive week, but according to Jeff Legwold of ESPN, Paxton Lynch is expected to be the second-team quarterback tonight against the Los Angeles Rams.
Lynch has played well to this point in the preseason, throwing two touchdowns and one late interception in last week's loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Meanwhile, Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian both struggled with untimely turnovers, sparking conversation that Lynch may actually have a shot to start against the Carolina Panthers on September 8.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p...What exactly does this mean? First of all, it indicates that Lynch still could absolutely be named the starter before that opening Thursday night in Denver. Kubiak wants to see Lynch against a higher level of competition to evaluate whether or not he can maintain the same level of play.
Also, this says plenty about the future of Mark Sanchez. It's worth noting that the Broncos traded a conditional seventh-round pick to Philadelphia for Sanchez, contingent on him making the 53-man roster. Therefore, if the Broncos cut Sanchez before the deadline, they would keep the pick along with $3.5 million towards the salary cap.
With all of this in mind, a strong performance tonight by Lynch could mean curtains for Sanchez.
UPDATE: Mike Klis has confirmed on 104.3 The Fan that Lynch will indeed be the second quarterback, and that Sanchez will not play much.
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Will Keys is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.