Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton “Paxton” Lynch will make his NFL debut Sunday when the Broncos face the Atlanta Falcons at AT&T Stadium.
Lynch will have a chance to play against the Denver defense on Sunday because he’s being promoted to the active roster by coach Vance Joseph.
Joey Galloway/Associated Press”He has a chance in this game to play,” Joseph said Thursday.
“The challenge for us is that he’s not playing, but he’s in the game.
He’s getting his opportunity to play and it’s an opportunity to showcase his skill set.”
The Broncos drafted Lynch fifth overall in the 2016 NFL draft, and he has since started 11 games for them.
He’s been a bright spot on a Denver defense that has struggled to protect quarterback, but has been struggling to protect receivers in the past.
Lynchi has played in all 13 games this season, but his play has dipped since Week 17.
The Broncos ranked 22nd in yards per pass attempt (12.6) in his last four games.
Lynches numbers have dropped as well, but it’s the pass defense that he needs to make up for.
The Falcons have allowed the second-most yards (6,846) in the league.
Atlanta has been one of the worst offenses in the NFL, ranking 29th in yards (284.2) and 20th in points per game (13.3).
Lynch’s struggles have contributed to his struggles in this season.
He has completed 61.5 percent of his passes for 738 yards (10.3) with seven touchdowns and two interceptions.
Lynched has been sacked 21 times and has thrown six interceptions, most in the League.
The Falcons have not been able to protect the ball this season and have allowed 863 yards (24.7) to the position.
The Atlanta offense has averaged 6.8 yards per play, the fewest in the Football Outsiders DVOA ratings.
Atlanta is 0-3 when Lynch is under center.
Lynchy has been in the lineup in three of Atlanta’s past four games, but was inactive in Week 14 and Week 17 when the team played the Chicago Bears.
Lynching will face the Falcons in the first preseason game of the season.