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Demoted QB Lynch booed by Broncos fans

Broncos QB Paxton Lynch was lustily booed by the team's fans in Denver on Saturday night when the quarterback entered Saturday night's preseason game against the Bears late in the third quarter.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Paxton Lynch finished Saturday's loss to the Bears 5-of-11 passing for 39 yards and was sacked twice. In two preseason games he is now 11-of-22 passing for 63 yards (just 2.9 yards per attempt) with one interception. He's also been sacked three times. Following the game he said: "I just haven't been playing well. It's not acceptable, especially playing quarterback here. You have to play well and give (the Broncos) an opportunity to win every week.'' Asked if he's kept his confidence after the demotion to No. 3 on the depth chart and two tough preseason outings, Lynch said: "Yeah, if you don't believe in yourself then no one else is going to believe in you. That's what I've got to do, I've got to hang on that and come to work every day and believe I can get better.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos coach Vance Joseph on the 288 combined yards in penalties for both teams (13 penalties for 144 yards for each team): "I'm hopeful it won't look like that (in the regular season). Obviously right now they're throwing penalties -- if it's close they're throwing penalties and I get it, it's preseason, they want to change the behavior. It happens every preseason, but it seems like it's more this preseason. So hopefully Week 1 it calms down a little bit. But both teams had 13 penalties for 144, these games are going to be all night. Hopefully it calms down some.''


Keenum rebounds but Bears beat Broncos 24-23

Case Keenum moved the chains for the first time for the Broncos in a 24-23 exhibition loss to the Chicago Bears on Saturday night, and Chad Kelly threw another touchdown after leapfrogging Paxton Lynch on the depth chart.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

In the that's-more-like-it department, the bottom line for the Broncos starters on offense Saturday night is they got far more work against Bears than the group did in the seven-play cameo in the preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings and did far more with their time on the field. The Broncos first-team put two scoring drives together in three possessions -- wide receiver Demaryius Thomas didn't play in the game -- as quarterback Case Keenum was 8-of-13 for 78 yards without a touchdown or interception. The Broncos flashed plenty of two-tight end and two-back sets when the starters were in the game, including on Royce Freeman's touchdown run early in the second quarter. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave also opened things up at times as he tried a flea flicker with the starters when Keenum had a receiver free, but the Broncos didn't protect quite well enough for the completion. But overall, the Broncos' regulars played with far more balance and tempo than they did against the Vikings and looked far better prepared to play from the opening kickoff.

Freeman scampers in for TD (0:26)
Broncos 1st rounder Chubb turns Trubisky fumble into safety (0:27)

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

As expected Tramaine Brock will start at cornerback tonight for the Broncos in place of Chris Harris Jr. (oblique). Harris did not practice this week. Brock did not play last week in the preseason opener against the Vikings because he was still recovering from a hamstring injury. Overall, the Broncos are thin in the secondary against the Bears tonight with safety Su'a Cravens, safety Dymonte Thomas and cornerback Michael Hunter also out of the lineup. They're also thin in the offensive line with guard Menelik Watson, center/guard Sam Jones and guard J.J. Dielman all out with injuries as well.

Stephen A. 'disappointed' with Elway's Kaepernick comment (1:26)
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Elway: Kap had chance to be Bronco, 'passed'

If the Broncos decide to sign a veteran backup to quarterback Case Keenum, it won't be Colin Kaepernick. "He's had his chance to be here. He passed it," John Elway said Thursday.

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DA drops rape case against Broncos DE Gotsis

The Fulton County District Attorney's Office in Georgia has dropped a rape case against Broncos defensive end Adam Gotsis, writing in a statement that "the evidence presented does not warrant any further action in this case."

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

With the first of two joint practices with the Chicago Bears now in the books, there were some things that stood out for the Broncos Wednesday: With the injuries in secondary (including Chris Harris Jr., who didn't practice with oblique injury, and safety Su'a Cravens who has been out with knee injury) the second-team defense struggled mightily. Also, Chad Kelly has earned every bit of his promotion to No. 2 quarterback, but found some difficulties against the Bears second teamers. He still has some work to do to keep the team from signing a veteran quarterback in the weeks to come. And wide receiver Demaryius Thomas looked his best in both 1-on-1s and team drills. If his hip cooperates, he is poised for a big year.

Jalen: Broncos' haircut hazing is 'boss move' (1:33)

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Also Tuesday, Vance Joseph was asked how quarterback Paxton Lynch had reacted to being moved from No. 2 quarterback to No. 3 this week -- Chad Kelly will work with the second team in the joint practices with the Bears this week as well as in Saturday's game. "(Lynch) is upset, he didn't like it, he wants to know why and he's got to play better,'' Joseph said. "Simple as that, it's a competition ... it's the league. No one's not playing their best players.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

The Broncos coaches didn't find too many things to like in their review of Saturday's preseason opener, but Vance Joseph said the offensive line's play overall in the game was one of those things. "That was a positive for us in my opinion,'' Joseph said. "The o-line played really, really good in the run game and the pass game. I was really pleased with that group.'' Joseph singled out several of the team's younger linemen like tackle Elijah Wilkinson, rookie guard/center Sam Jones and guard J.J. Dielman. Dielman had been helped off the practice field Monday afternoon with a knee injury. He didn't practice Tuesday, but Joseph said the injury was a sprain and "it was not serious.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph said after Tuesday's practice he has spoken to Bears coach Matt Nagy about the structure of the two joint practices between the teams this week (Wednesday and Thursday) and the two agreed to try to curb any fighting. "We've talked several times... we want to have great work the next two days,'' Joseph said. "Obviously you watch the news and a bunch of fights occurring in most practices. We don't want that. Let's get good work on both sides of the ball .. and not fight.''

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