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Paxton Lynch ready for Broncos' quarterback competition

Even over the phone, Paxton Lynch's eagerness for what 2017 will bring is palpable.

A new offense built around the strengths he and Trevor Siemian possess. An open competition between himself and Siemian, who have established a good rapport in their one season together -- one in which Lynch said Siemian helped ease his transition and show him how to be a professional.

All that has him ready to make his push for the starting job in the open competition that Head Coach Vance Joseph has planned for the two young quarterbacks.

"I'm very excited," Lynch said.

"I feel a lot more comfortable -- especially having a year under my belt, doing that five-step, seven-step stuff that I never did before until I got to Denver. I think that helped me a lot, so I'm just trying to not lose a step and keep moving forward."

To do that, Lynch didn't want to get too far away from football. In recent weeks, Lynch worked with Charlie Taaffe, a long-time college coach who also served as a head coach in the Canadian Football League and now works one-on-one with quarterbacks.

The emphasis of Lynch's work with Taaffe? His feet.

"Once I finished up [the 2016 season], I called him fairly quickly to try to set something up whenever I was going to be back here in Florida," Lynch said. "He's been working with me on my footwork. He hasn't been messing with my throwing mechanics, but I've been meeting up with him a couple of times per week, and he's been fine-tuning some stuff."

Although Lynch has spent most of his offseason in Florida, he said he stayed in touch with coaches, particularly Joseph, Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy and Quarterbacks Coach Bill Musgrave -- although, per league regulations, they can't have football discussions at this point in the year.

"I've actually talked to them multiple times -- once the coaching change happened and they all got settled in, I got to talk to all of them on the phone, and when I was back in Denver I got a chance to sit down and talk to them -- mostly talking to Coach McCoy," Lynch said.

"I've been in contact with them, and Coach Musgrave has called me a couple of times to check in and see how I was doing and make sure I was relaxing a little bit. They've been really good."

And after Lynch learned about the signings of Ron Leary and Menelik Watson, Lynch contacted team vice president of public relations Patrick Smyth to get his new teammates' phone numbers so he could reach out to them as soon as possible and welcome them to the fold.

"From the conversations that I've had with Ron and Menelik, they were both really excited to be a part of the organization," Lynch said.

In a few weeks, Lynch will get to work with his new and old teammates every day when team-organized workouts begin at the UCHealth Training Center -- and begin meeting with coaches to learn McCoy's scheme. That should include elements in which Lynch flourished at Memphis and showed flashes during practices and the three games in which he played last year -- particularly up-tempo work and snaps out of the shotgun.

"I'm nothing but excited to get to work," Lynch said. "If we go up-tempo and do all that stuff, I'll feel right at home doing it, and if we've got to go in another direction, and take some more drops under center, I'll be ready for that, too."

And Lynch knows that his chances of earning the starting job rely on not only being ready, but following through with attention to detail, diligence and execution.

"Paxton's a young guy with great talent, but playing quarterback in the NFL is a lot more than talent," Joseph said last Monday. "It's leadership -- whether you like it or not, it comes with leadership obligations. It comes with studying and understanding the systems.

"He's ready for it. He wants the challenge. He's looking forward to getting back in and going to work."

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