The quarterback situation in Denver has taken another dramatic turn as the race for the starting position between rookie Paxton Lynch and Mark Sanchez has really only just begun.
The Denver Broncos may be the Super Bowl champions, but having lost Peyton Manning to retirement and Brock Osweiler to free agency, their team already looks a lot different since that big game in San Francisco.
A big summer ahead
The Broncos made a splash by moving up in the first round of this year's draft to take Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch.
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Before the race between Lynch and Sanchez can even start, the NFL veteran Sanchez is now set for some time on the sidelines.Sanchez recently had surgery on his left thumb and is now expected to miss the start of off-season workouts.
With his torn ligament injury suffered on Thursday in the weights room, Sanchez is now expected to be out for a few weeks.
Off-season workouts for the Broncos start on May 24th and with Sanchez also being a new acquisition in Denver, he would surely have been hoping that he would be able get as much time on the field as possible.
Sanchez had previously been quoted as saying that he believes that he is Denver's starter, but could Lynch use this minor set back to his advantage?
We are now set for a rookie vs veteran race to see who will be the Broncos starting quarterback in the season opener against the Carolina Panthers.
Not a good start
The Broncos have lost a lot of talent this off-season and in a perfectly poetic fashion, their first game of the 2016 regular season will kick off against the very team that they defeated at Super Bowl 50.
The Panthers will have to watch at Mile High Stadium as the Broncos unveil their Super Bowl banner, but will this just motivate them further?
The Panthers will be a tough opponent for whoever makes their first Broncos start in week one as Denver prepare for what could prove to be a tough season.