Player News - Broncos

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Coach Vance Joseph announced Paxton Lynch will start Week 12 against the Raiders.

It was reported Tuesday that this would be the decision out of Denver, and it's now official. The Broncos have lost six in a row and are in a complete free fall after Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler took turns seeing who could be worse at quarterback. We're not sure Lynch is any better, but he at least offers playmaking ability and upside and gets a cake matchup out of the gate against the Raiders' dreadful defense that just fired DC Ken Norton on Tuesday. Oakland has set an NFL record going 10 games in a row without an interception to start the season.
Nov 22 - 10:03 AM

Trevor Siemian will be the backup to Paxton Lynch against the Raiders in Week 12.

He was demoted to third string last week against Cincinnati but will be in uniform Sunday at Oakland. With Siemian as the new No. 2, Brock Osweiler will likely be a healthy scratch in Week 12.
Nov 21 - 6:37 PM

ESPN's Dan Graziano reports the Broncos plan to start Paxton Lynch against the Raiders in Week 12.

Things have been trending this way since Sunday's (latest) loss. Official word is expected to come Wednesday. Lynch showed very little in two rookie starts, but the Broncos have nothing to lose as they play out the string of a lost season. They need to find out if their 2016 first-rounder has anything resembling a future under center. Lynch couldn't ask for a softer opponent than a Raiders team generating essentially zero pressure or turnovers.
Nov 21 - 3:34 PM

Denver radio host Benjamin Allbright reports the Broncos shopped Demaryius Thomas at last month's trade deadline and may look to move him in the offseason.

Allbright isn't a typical Rotoworld source, but he has connections and has broken stories. Per Allbright, the "team feels [Thomas] lost strength when he switched to a vegan diet and hasn't been the same player." Thomas barely got to the 1,000 yards mark last season (1,083) and is on pace for just 1,012 yards this year after having 1,300-plus from 2012-2015 with Peyton Manning. Thomas doesn't deserve the sole blame here when given Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler as his quarterbacks. Thomas turns 30 next month and is signed through 2019.
Nov 20 - 8:42 PM

Speaking Monday, Broncos coach Vance Joseph left the door open for Paxton Lynch to start in Week 12 against the Raiders.

Joseph claimed each of Lynch, Brock Osweiler and Trevor Siemian will be options. Beat writer Mike Klis believes Joseph is ready to go with Lynch. The 2016 first-rounder performed poorly in a pair of rookie starts, and hadn't been an option this season as he returned from a shoulder injury. If Lynch indeed plays Week 12, it couldn't be in a better matchup. The Raiders barely play defense.
Nov 20 - 3:47 PM

Broncos promoted QBs coach Bill Musgrave to offensive coordinator.

Musgrave always seemed like the emergency option should something go wrong with Mike McCoy, and that is exactly what happened. Musgrave led the Raiders' offense to a top-10 season last year, but he was let go so Oakland could promote Todd Downing to the position. Without a real quarterback and little help on the offensive line, Musgrave has a tough job on his hands.
Nov 20 - 10:20 AM

Brock Osweiler completed 23-of-42 passes for 254 yards with one touchdown and one interception while adding 24 yards on four carries Sunday in the Broncos’ Week 11 loss to the Bengals.

Osweiler was sacked three times for a loss of 25 yards. He was abysmal in the first half, completing just nine-of-19 passes for 97 yards and an interception. That interception nearly went for a pick-six but Dre Kirkpatrick ended up fumbling at the one-yard line following a 100-yard return. Osweiler seemed to be favoring his shoulder late in the first half but looked more comfortable as the game went along and even led a fourth-quarter comeback, though the bid would ultimately fall short. His lone touchdown came on a 17-yard strike to Demaryius Thomas with just over five minutes remaining in the game. It was another discouraging effort for the Broncos, who are now 0-3 with Osweiler as their starter. Denver will take a six-game losing streak into next week’s game at Oakland.
Nov 19 - 9:33 PM

Emmanuel Sanders contributed just two catches for 15 yards on eight targets Sunday in the Broncos’ Week 11 loss to the Bengals.

Coming off his best game of the season, Sanders was completely ineffective in Sunday’s defeat. He had an especially difficult time in the second half, failing to catch any of his five targets after halftime. Sanders gets a good matchup against Oakland next week, but it’s tough to endorse him as anything more than a WR2/3 given the anemic state of Denver’s offense.
Nov 19 - 9:31 PM

Demaryius Thomas corralled five-of-nine targets for 64 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Broncos’ Week 11 loss to the Bengals.

Thomas was held without a catch in the first half. He made a terrific catch over Dre Kirkpatrick for a 17-yard touchdown while cutting the Bengals’ lead to three with just over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. That touchdown was the 55th of his career, tying him with Shannon Sharpe for the second-most receiving touchdowns in team history. Thomas has followed up a 13-game touchdown drought by scoring in three straight games. He’ll look to make it four in a row next week against the Raiders.
Nov 19 - 9:30 PM

Virgil Green secured two-of-four targets for 13 yards Sunday in the Broncos’ Week 11 loss to the Bengals.

Playing in place of AJ Derby (who was waived/injured on Saturday) and Jeff Heuerman (knee), Green offered nothing as a pass-catcher, though he did open up lanes for C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker in the running game. He was actually out-snapped by Austin Traylor, who was promoted off the practice squad earlier in the week. Green won’t be a streaming option against the Raiders in Week 12.
Nov 19 - 9:29 PM

C.J. Anderson managed 37 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries while catching two-of-three targets for 19 yards Sunday in the Broncos’ Week 11 loss to the Bengals.

Anderson got off to a hot start for Denver, converting a fourth-and-two opportunity in the first quarter and scoring a goal-line touchdown later on the same drive. The touchdown was his first since Week 2. Aside from that drive, Anderson was mostly a non-factor, averaging just 2.8 yards per carry with a long run of seven yards. Anderson coughed up a fumble after taking a massive hit from Vontaze Burfict in the fourth quarter and was both out-touched and out-gained by second-year back Devontae Booker. Those two should see close to an even workload next week at Oakland.
Nov 19 - 9:25 PM

Jamaal Charles totaled seven yards on three carries Sunday in the Broncos’ Week 11 loss to the Bengals.

Charles was in on just four-of-82 offensive snaps. It was easily his lightest workload of the year as Denver's backfield duties were mostly split between C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker. With Booker healthy, Charles seems to be getting phased out of the Broncos’ offense. He won’t be on the fantasy radar next week at Oakland.
Nov 19 - 9:24 PM

Devontae Booker rushed for 44 yards on 14 carries while adding five grabs for 54 yards on six targets Sunday in the Broncos’ Week 11 loss to the Bengals.

The 19 touches were his most since Week 13 of last year while his 98 yards from scrimmage also represented a new season-high. Four of Booker’s five catches came in the second half with Denver in catch-up mode. He was on the field for 18 more snaps than C.J. Anderson and out-touched him 19-15. It looks like Denver’s backfield, which was once dominated by Anderson, has devolved into a two-man timeshare. Both players will be in the RB3 mix next week at Oakland.
Nov 19 - 9:23 PM

Broncos declared QB Trevor Siemian, CB Lorenzo Doss, RB De'Angelo Henderson, TE Jeff Heuerman, T Cyrus Kouandjio, WR Isaiah McKenzie and DE/OLB DeMarcus Walker inactive for Week 11 against the Bengals.

Siemian is a healthy scratch while Paxton Lynch will be active for the first time this season. Cody Latimer (Achilles, knee) and Donald Stephenson (calf) are also active for the Broncos, who are looking to erase a five-game losing streak.
Nov 19 - 3:01 PM

Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post reports Trevor Siemian will be inactive for Week 11 against the Bengals.

That means he's been passed on the depth chart by Paxton Lynch, who will serve as the backup to Brock Osweiler in Week 11. Lynch has missed most of the year with a sprained shoulder but was cleared to return after putting in a full week of practice. With Osweiler struggling and Siemian demoted to third-string status, there's a good chance Lynch will ascend to lead status before the year is over.
Source: Denver Post
Nov 19 - 10:05 AM

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