Quarterback Paxton Lynch #12 of the Denver Broncos passes against the Minnesota Vikings during an National Football League preseason game at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on August 11, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.
While the Vikings had vast success last season under quarterback Case Keenum, the case could be made that the Vikes had reached their ceiling with the undrafted quarterback out of Houston. Lynch finished 6-of-11 for 24 yards and an interception, and after one particularly bad series, the fans at Mile High let him have it.
Said Lynch about his performance: "We didn't really put a lot of drives together and move the ball, so I'm sad about that". After all, you don't pay a man $84 million dollars to get knocked out of the first round of the playoffs. Amid chants of "Kelly! Kelly!" he drove Denver 85 yards in 11 plays, capping the drive with a 19-yard strike to running back Phillip Lindsay to put the Broncos on top 28-27 with 10 minutes remaining.
Sloter was 9 of 11 for 69 yards and Kelly was 14 of 20 for 176.
Smith's competitor for the backup role, Cardale Jones, hit on 6 of 12 passes for 50 yards.
"I'm excited for Chad", Lynch said on Saturday evening.
Schefter argued there is a reason why there is talk the Broncos should pursue a veteran arm, and if they do it would lower Lynch's value even further. Obviously Case is the starter, so that's my main concern. He played well tonight, outside of the one interception, which led to a score for those guys. Last year, Joseph stuck with McKenzie despite half a dozen fumbles.
Sloter completed 9 of 11 passes, including a 9-yard strike to wide receiver Chad Beebe in the fourth quarter.
Broncos S Jamal Carter (hamstring), CB Marcus Rios (hip) and TE Austin Traylor (right shoulder) got hurt.