Vance Joseph is all aboard the same give Paxton Lynch a chance to develop train John Elway is currently conducting.
In theory, Joseph and Elway’s confidence in Lynch’s career revival behind Keenum makes sense. Lynch was always considered a project, even when Denver outraced the Dallas Cowboys to take him with the No. 26 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Now, the former Memphis QB finally has some time to develop his big toolbox without the pressure of getting ready week in and week out for NFL defenses.
Yet of the top 10 or so quarterbacks in the league the past two decades, not many — and likely not any — have started their careers with a 1-3 win-loss record, four touchdowns to four picks ratio, a minuscule 76.7 quarterback rating and 18 sacks taken; and bounced back to become elite.
Denver’s brass certainly sounds like it’s hoping Lynch can change that, particularly with the decision to pick up his fifth-year option looming about 12 months away.
We’ve been in contact with Ereck, Shurmur said Saturday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. It’s our understanding that he’s in good shape. Again, I can’t wait for him to be here. I’ve mentioned it in the past, there were some things last year that he did very good. I look forward to him being here, and getting to work with him.
It’s just like the old offense we used to run, Martin said. It’s a real good feeling. I’m picking it up pretty fast.
After three Penn State-Rutgers head-to-head battles, Martin suddenly is in the same meeting rooms as Barkley. They both went to high school in Pennsylvania and nearly were Rutgers teammates in a crowded backfield before Barkley flipped his commitment.
We’re going to get each other better, Martin said. He’s from PA and I support every PA back. We’ve been keeping our head in the playbook, helping each other.
On certain practice reps, Barkley and Martin are taking handoffs from former Michigan quarterback John O’Korn. That’s a lot of Big Ten blood.
There are a lot of Big Ten players here, and it’s a good feeling to know you played in one of the best conferences in the world, Martin said. It prepared me. The Big Ten speed of the game got me ready for this right now.