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A near-perfect second half in the preseason finale didn't appear to be enough to give Paxton Lynch the No. 2 quarterback job in Denver.

Lynch completed 14 of 15 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns and was not intercepted Authentic Billy Price Jersey , leading the Broncos to a 21-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night.

Chad Kelly, who appeared to keep his tenuous hold on the backup job behind Denver starter Case Keenum, played the first half and went 12 of 19 for 126 yards and no touchdowns with one interception.

"Right now, he's our (No.) 2," Broncos coach Vance Joseph said of Kelly. "That's what I've said the last week. Things could change, but right now he's our 2."

Lynch had TD passes of 16 yards to Jordan Leslie in the third quarter and 10 yards to Matt LaCosse on the first play of the fourth. He also ran for a 2-point conversion.

"At the end of the day, it's up to them," Lynch said of the Broncos coaches and front office. "They make the decisions on what goes on and who goes where and who plays and who doesn't. My job is to come out here and play football and play well. I came out here and did that and I'm proud I did."

Joseph said Kelly "played efficient football. He bounced back (from the interception) and played with confidence and that was important for a young quarterback."

Mike Glennon, the subject of some trade speculation as Arizona's No. 3 quarterback behind Sam Bradford and rookie Josh Rosen, played the entire first half http://www.bengalsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-mark-walton-jersey , going 8 of 10 for 69 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions.

Virtually all of the Cardinals' starters and all of the Broncos' regulars sat out the finale. Arizona finished the preseason 3-1 and Denver 2-2.

The Broncos were moving the ball on the game's first possession when Jacquies Smith, among those competing for a roster spot at defensive end, intercepted Kelly's short pass and returned it 21 yards to the Denver 41.

It was the 17th takeaway by the Arizona defense in the four preseason games, the most in four preseason games since Tampa Bay had 17 in 2000.

Kelly said Smith dropped into coverage on that play, surprising him.

"It's a look I haven't seen before, but you have to be prepared for everything," Kelly said.

Glennon threaded a 26-yard pass to undrafted rookie Trent Sherfield to the 3-yard line. Two plays later, Glennon threw a 2-yard TD pass to Greg Little, who hasn't played in an NFL regular-season game in four years.

"I feel really good. It's been a blessing," Little said. "... I thank coach (Steve) Wilks and (general manager) Steve Keim and the whole Cardinals organization for giving me a shot. It's been a blessing Authentic Derwin James Jersey , that's for sure."

JONES DEBUT

Adam Jones had a pair of kickoff returns and one punt return and played a few defensive snaps in his first action since signing with Denver on Sunday.

"It felt good to get hit," he said. "That's what I needed. I'm eager and ready to prepare myself for Week 1."

NO ROSEN

Wilks chose to sit rookie quarterback Josh Rosen for a second straight week. Rosen didn't play in Sunday night's win at Dallas after slamming the thumb of his throwing hand against a helmet in practice earlier in the week. Rosen said this week he was fine, but Wilks chose not to risk anything with the first-round pick, who will enter the season as Sam Bradford's backup.

Rosen was 16 of 29 in his brief preseason playing time for 148 yards and a touchdown. He was not intercepted.

McCAIN TRIBUTE

A brief video tribute and moment of silence in honor of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain preceded the game.

Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was among those who spoke at McCain's memorial service in Phoenix earlier in the day.

"I'm black, he was white," Fitzgerald said. "I'm young. He wasn't so young. He lived with physical limitations brought on by war. I'm a professional athlete. He ran for president. I run out of bounds.

"He was the epitome of toughness and I do everything I can to avoid contact. I have flowing locks, and well, he didn't. How does this unlikely pair become friends? I've asked myself the same question. You know what the answer is? That's just who he is."

ANTHEM

There was no protest by either team during the national anthem.

UP NEXT

Broncos: host Seattle in regular-season opener Sept. 9.

Cardinals: host Washington in regular-season opener Sept. 9.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — If Sam Reinhart’s objective was to carry over his point-a-game pace from the second half of last season, the Buffalo Sabres forward understood that it wasn’t doing him much good sitting at home waiting for contract talks to be resolved.

“I don’t know if worried’s the right word Jake Allen Jersey ,” he said after practicing for the first time Thursday, a day after flying in from Vancouver, British Columbia, and signing a two-year, $7.3 million contract. “I think the best thing for the team and myself was to be here as soon as possible.”

Reinhart missed five days of training camp and two preseason games.

With two weeks to catch up before the Sabres open the regular season by hosting Boston, the No. 2 player selected in the 2014 draft is focused on proving he can consistently produce over the course of an entire season.

That was the knock on Reinhart last year, when he had just seven goals and 13 points in his first 44 games. He then went on a tear, scoring 18 goals and 37 points his final 38 games, and finished with a career-best 25 goals and 50 points.

The down-then-up season was one of the reasons the Sabres balked at offering the restricted free agent a longer-term deal.

“Whether it was a one-year or an eight-year, it’s not changing my mentality Calvin Ridley Color Rush Jersey ,” Reinhart said. “I know the player I can be.”

General manager Jason Botterill said the key to Reinhart’s turnaround was how he established himself as a player unafraid of playing in front of an opposing net. He said it’s on both Reinhart and his coaching staff to continue his development.

Botterill was impressed with Reinhart’s approach during contract talks. He kept in touch with the team over the summer and traveled to Buffalo to take part in informal workouts with his teammates before camp opened, then returned to Vancouver last week.

“I think it’s just not words, it was his actions,” Botterill said. “It’s been evident that Sam wants to be part of our solution here in Buffalo.”

The two-time 20-goal scorer has 65 goals and 140 points in 249 career games.

Reinhart rejoins a roster that was overhauled this summer after the Sabres finished last in the standings for a third time in five years. Despite the additions of forwards Conor Sheary and Jeff Skinner, Reinhart is being counted upon to reclaim his role on one of the top two lines.

Coach Phil Housley said there’s a chance Reinhart could make his preseason debut as early as Saturday, when Buffalo hosts Toronto.

NOTES: Botterill expects Sheary to be ready for the start of the season despite the forward suffering an upper body injury on Sept. 14. … The Sabres are buying out the final year of Vaclav Karabacek’s contract after the forward cleared waivers. Karabacek was Buffalo’s second-round pick in the 2014 draft and had eight goals and 16 assists in 51 games split between the Sabres’ two minor-league affiliates over the past two years.


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