Paxton Lynch To Start & Play Entire Fourth Preseason Game vs. Arizona

Paxton Lynch will get the Broncos fourth preseason game all to himself.

With Trevor Siemian being named the starting quarterback and Mark Sanchez on the trading block, the Denver Broncos have chosen to give their rookie first-rounder a full opportunity this coming Thursday vs. the Arizona Cardinals

In the fourth and final game of the preseason, Paxton Lynch will start and play the entire game. 

Head coach Gary Kubiak pointed out Monday that Lynch could use all the quality reps he can get. If the Broncos are unable to trade Sanchez, all signs point to them releasing him, saving the team $3.5 million on the salary cap and a seventh round pick. In so doing, however, the Broncos would enter the 2016 regular season—as defending World Champions—with their top-two quarterbacks having never thrown a pass in a real NFL game. Let's face it, Siemian is entering his second year in the league and neither the team, nor the media or fans, know what to expect from him. 

Siemian could play lights out, or he could crash and burn. In the event that it's the latter, the Broncos will have little choice but to turn to the rookie. 

Lynch's snaps this coming Thursday night will come against the Cardinals second and third-team defensive units, but Bruce Arians' team is among the best-coached in the league. And GM Steve Keim's roster is one of the deepest. 

It will be a great test for Lynch. 

The Broncos are truly going out on a limb this year at the quarterback position. If necessity is the mother of invention, then perhaps the Broncos are cooking up something truly innovative. 

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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