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Broncos get Paxton Lynch ready to play, in case Trevor Siemian can't

Paxton Lynch was sacked six times in the first start of his career, a 23-16 loss to the Falcons on Oct. 9. Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- There are those among the Denver Broncos' faithful who want to see rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch play no matter what Trevor Siemian does and no matter how many games the Broncos win with Siemian at quarterback.

And under normal circumstances, with Siemian coming off a 368-yard, three-touchdown night against the Kansas City Chiefs this past Sunday, all of the calls to get Lynch into the lineup would be little more than idle drive-time chatter. Siemian won the job in training camp and has earned the support of his teammates since.

But the Broncos aren't conducting football business under normal circumstances this week as Siemian is using a walking boot on his left foot, putting Lynch in ready-to-play mode for Sunday in Jacksonville.

"I'll be a lot more comfortable out there than I was for the first time," Lynch said. "I feel a lot more comfortable than where I was when I started that game, so we'll just see day-to-day what happens.''

Lynch, who was the Broncos' first-round pick in this past April's draft, started in Week 5 when Siemian missed the Broncos' game against the Atlanta Falcons because of a left shoulder injury. The Falcons, who came into the game with four sacks in their first four games combined, sacked Lynch six times in an Atlanta win.

Lynch finished with 223 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception.

"I'm definitely upset that I have a zero on the win column from my starts," Lynch said. "Like I said, it's day-to-day and I know that Trevor is working hard to get back out there.''

"He's coming along really well," Siemian said Wednesday of Lynch. "All of the guys have a lot of trust in him. It's been exciting to see from when he came in the building to where he is at now how much he has grown. He is doing a really good job. ... If I can practice, great, but if not, I'm sure that Paxton will be just fine."

The bottom line, however, is if Siemian can show enough mobility before the week is out -- he did not practice Wednesday -- he will start. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said Siemian played like "a champ" against the Chiefs, but the 24-year-old passer has been battered, having been sacked 13 times in the last three games combined.

Kubiak has gone as far as to say the Broncos could start Siemian even if he doesn't practice much, or at all, this week.

"Trevor could play without practicing," Kubiak said. "Trevor is very bright. He's on top of what we're doing. That's not an issue at all.”

The Broncos would not be inclined to give Lynch as much of the playbook as they would Siemian, but the team has devoted extra practice time each day for Lynch to work with quarterback coach Greg Knapp along with some of the Broncos' other younger players on offense in case of the proverbial rainy day.

"Obviously the weeks have progressed and he gets to meet and he gets to practice," Broncos offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. "We're comfortable. Obviously we have to be. We'll put him in the right situation if he's the guy. If Trevor is the guy, we'll put him in the right situation. We tend to try and do that."

The Jaguars, despite a 2-9 record, have the league's No. 3 pass defense. And they have held the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers, Joe Flacco, Andrew Luck and Derek Carr to fewer than 235 yards passing this season.

The Texans' Brock Osweiler threw for all of 95 yards, and the only quarterback to top 300 yards was the Bears' Brian Hoyer, who passed for 302 in place of an injured Jay Cutler. Hoyer did not throw a touchdown pass in the game.

Lynch and the Broncos could see a similar look to what they saw when they faced the Falcons. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley is a former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator, as is Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who took over for Bradley in 2013. Quinn and Falcons defensive coordinator Richard Smith devised a plan that generally forced Lynch to hold the ball a little too long. If Lynch plays Sunday, Bradley will look to get Lynch off the first read.

Regardless of how the Jaguars play him, the Broncos have to find a way to make it work. They are in must-win situations the rest of the way as they fight for a playoff spot.

"I feel confident in me and I feel confident in the guys around me," Lynch said. "Walking around the locker room, you can tell that these guys are hungry to get another win."