Emmanuel Sanders says Paxton Lynch no longer has ‘deer in headlights’ look

Paxton Lynch

The Denver Broncos are embarking on a quarterback competition between incumbent Trevor Siemian and last year’s first-round pick, Paxton Lynch.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders weighed in on this battle when comparing Lynch’s confidence level now to his rookie campaign.

“Paxton was like that deer in the headlights, walking around big-eyed, said Sanders per Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. Now, he’s more relaxed. It’s going to be interesting to see how Paxton takes his second year. Hopefully he gets that Memphis swag back. [We’ll] see those two guys compete and see who wins the job.”

Sanders also noted the Broncos have some more aerial action planned for the 2017 season.

“Obviously, we’re going to throw the ball a lot more,” Sanders said. “There are a lot of underneath routes. Today we were able to throw the ball down the field. I think Bennie [Fowler] and Paxton connected on a deep ball. . . . I’m excited.”

Denver’s passing offense ranked No. 21 in 2016, scoring 20 touchdowns along the way. It’s worth noting that Sanders and fellow receiver Demaryius Thomas combined for 2,115 yards but only scored five touchdowns apiece.

The Broncos definitely want to improve their ability to put points on the board. Hopefully whoever starts for the Denver this year can accomplish this task. The Broncos missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011 primarily due to their offensive efforts.

Sanders has confidence the quarterback competition work itself out. He doesn’t appear to be picking any favorites, either.