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Former first round pick Paxton Lynch booed by Broncos fans in loss to the Bears

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The Paxton Lynch experiment looks to be coming to an inevitable end in Denver. 

The 2016 first round pick entered the league with much promise given his impressive physical tools but even under the watchful eye of John Elway, Lynch has failed to live up to his lofty billing coming out of college. 

The former Memphis standout has started just four games in his two years in the mile high city, and he's now struggling to even compete for the backup job. 

It's easy to see why Elway and co were enamoured with Lynch during the draft process a couple of years back, but he's struggled from day one and it just doesn't seem he will ever reach the heights that his immense physical talents could've produced. 

His natural size and huge arm are still highly attractive qualities, and he's likely been afforded more time than most to develop because of that, but it's looking more and more likely that he'll be forced to continue that development elsewhere. 

Lynch has failed to win the starting job across three training camps with the Broncos, and he's well entrenched behind Case Keenum heading into the 2018 season. 

And, it looks as though he might even be behind second-year pro Chad Kelly in the race for the backup job. 

Kelly has been garnering some hype over the past few weeks and has well and truly outperformed Lynch through two preseason games thus far.

The former Ole Miss star has thrown for 3 touchdowns and just one pick over the Broncos two outings, whilst Lynch has yet to throw a TD pass. 

The struggles of the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft came to a head in Saturday's matchup with the Bears when Broncos fans took their frustrations out and booed him on multiple plays. 

Lynch completed just 5 of 11 passes for 39 yards and once again looked out of his depth, but he still retains hopes of winning the starting job in Denver. 

“I want to be the quarterback,” Lynch said after the game. “I don’t want to be a backup and I definitely don’t want to be third-string quarterback. But the cards have been dealt to this point in time I’m not quitting."

Broncos head coach Vance Joseph told reporters he felt bad for his young QB having to suffer booing from his own fans, but that he simply has to perform if he's to make any kind of positive impact as a member of the team. 

“I feel bad for Paxton, but our fans want to win,” Joseph said according to NBC's Mike Florio. “That’s what it’s about. It’s about passion, I should say. But I feel bad for Paxton. He has to ignore it and go play. It’s professional football. No one is going to hold your hand, so he has to go out there and perform.”

Unless Lynch dramatically improves his performances over the next two weeks, it looks like he will be the odd man out in terms of suiting up on game days.

It really seems as though the 24-year-old could use a change of scenery in order to further his NFL ambitions, and at this rate the Broncos wouldn't have any issue in shifting him elsewhere before week one. 

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Chicago Bears
Paxton Lynch
Chad Kelly
Case Keenum
Denver Broncos
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