Paxton Lynch says Demaryius Thomas is like a big brother to him and he’s going to do everything he can to get him to a 1,000 yards.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. In what was most likely his last Wednesday presser as a Denver Bronco, Paxton Lynch weighed in on his upcoming fourth start since being drafted in 2016. “I’m excited for it, just like I’ve been with every opportunity I’ve gotten. Even though it’s late in the season, last game, I’m still excited for it. It’s still an opportunity to go out there and show what I can do.”

Fate has its own mind and for Lynch it was a season halted by injuries, which had never happened to him since he began playing as a kid. In a game that basically changes nothing for his status as a Bronco he’s still, “very excited for the opportunity. Just like I said, any time I get a chance to come out here and work with these guys and play with these guys it feels good. I’ve wanted to play with them all season, but I’ve just had a couple nagging injuries that have kept me out of it…I’m excited for this opportunity and I’m going to go make the most of it.”

Lynch was asked the Oscar winner of all eye roll questions which is more about getting noticed than anything else. Here’s Part I, farther below is the second part. How did he feel about Elway scouting the Wyoming QB? Answering in a Manning way, he replied, “I didn’t even know they were out there doing any of that. I really wasn’t paying any attention to it.” I swear, Peyton has given that exact answer to local radio talk guys when asked a question not worth answering.

He said he feels good and “ready for Sunday and I’m ready to go out there and play.” However, Bill Musgrave said he was still a bit gimpy and if he couldn’t be mobile enough to save himself, they’d pull him. “last week they wanted to hold me out one more week and this week I feel a lot better.”

Lynch and Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes II, share the same agent and will playing each other. He said they’ve met and are friendly, “I’m happy for him to get this opportunity.”

Demaryius Thomas is 108 yards away from reaching 1,000, but since he’s only averaged 59.5 yards a game, Lynch will have a tough time helping him get them because he’s been double teamed most of the season. He’s only getting an average 6-7 receptions a game. However, DT “has been a big brother to me. I really look up to DT and I’m really happy for how he helped me progress for these past two years. I know how bad he wants that 1,000 yards this year. I’m going to do whatever I can to help him out.”

A not so subtle question was asked about the off season, as in, will Sunday be about him worrying about ever playing, again? “No, just because that’s not my job to worry about that. My job is to control what I can control and that’s practicing this week, going out there Sunday and winning the football game.”

When asked about his development (which was nonexistent last season when he was healthy), he wisely answered for this season, instead of throwing Kubes under the bus. “This year it’s been the injuries…The biggest thing is how you bounce back from that stuff and how you bounce back from adversity in these situations. My mindset has always been staying positive and moving forward. I can’t control the uncontrollable, which has happened and it happens to everybody. I’m staying positive and I’ll make the most of my opportunity that I have this weekend.”

His goal for Sunday, “has always just been winning the football game. Obviously you want to play well, but at the end of the day it’s a team sport. Everybody has to play well for people to individually get success. The way I measure it is if you go out there and get a win. That’s really what I’m focused on, win the football game.”

Thomas on getting his yards hasn’t been in his ear, “He doesn’t really make a big deal about him getting the ball at any point. He’s a big team guy and that’s one of the things that I really respect about ‘D.T.’. Even when he’s this close to his 1,000-yard season, I think he’s done a good job of making it more about the team and going out there and winning.”

Part II of the above Oscar for, ‘look at me’ questions. Is he motivated by Elway scouting quarterbacks? Do you really think he’s going to say Denver did him dirty? “I don’t really think about it or pay attention to it just because I can’t control if he brings in another guy or not. I can only control what I’m doing here in the building and outside of the building, the work I put in with this team. If I get too caught up worrying about that, than I lose time focusing on making myself better.”

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