Paxton Lynch
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Lynch with the Denver Broncos in 2016
Personal information
Born: (1994-02-12) February 12, 1994 (age 29)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Trinity Christian Academy
(Deltona, Florida)
College:Memphis (2012–2015)
Position:Quarterback
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Completion percentage:61.7
TDINT:4–4
Passing yards:792
Passer rating:76.7
Player stats at NFL.com · CFL.ca

Paxton James Lynch[1] (born February 12, 1994) is an American football quarterback who is a free agent. He played college football at Memphis, and was drafted in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Lynch played just two seasons in Denver and made four starts before being released prior to the 2018 season. Lynch has also been a member of the Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers, the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL), the Michigan Panthers of the United States Football League (USFL), and the Orlando Guardians and San Antonio Brahmas of the XFL.

Early years

Lynch attended Trinity Christian Academy in Deltona, Florida, where he played football and basketball.[2] During his high school career, he passed for 2,099 yards. Lynch was rated by Rivals.com as a three-star recruit.[3] He committed to the University of Memphis to play college football.[4][5]

College career

After redshirting for his freshman year at Memphis in 2012, Lynch was named the Tigers' starting quarterback prior to the 2013 season.[6][7] He started all 12 games, completing 203 of 349 passes for 2,056 yards, nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions.[8] As a sophomore in 2014, Lynch started all 13 games. He completed 259 of 413 attempts for 3,031 yards, 22 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He also rushed for 321 yards and 13 touchdowns.[9][10][11] Lynch was named the MVP of the 2014 Miami Beach Bowl after passing for 306 yards with four passing touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns against BYU.[12] As a junior in 2015, Lynch again started all 13 games. He completed 296 of 443 passes (66.8%) for 3,778 yards, 28 touchdowns (all five school records)[13][14] and four interceptions. In Memphis' 63–0 victory over SMU, Lynch tied an Football Bowl Subdivision record with seven passing touchdowns in a half. He finished 9 of 14 for 222 yards, and completed his touchdown throws to seven different receivers.[15][16] After the season, he decided to forgo his senior year and enter the 2016 NFL Draft.[17] Lynch graduated from Memphis in May 2016 with a B.S.E. in sport and leisure management.[1]

Lynch's 35 touchdowns in 2014 and 30 in 2015 are first and second in Memphis history, and his 76 for his career is second all-time. He also ranks first and second for most total offense in a season (4,015 yards in 2015; 3,352 in 2014).[18] He has four of the seven most passing yards in a game, including the school record 447 on October 23, 2015, at Tulsa.[19] He ranks second all-time in career attempts, completions, completion percentage, passing yards, and passing touchdowns.[14]

College statistics

Season Team Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2013 Memphis 203 349 58.2 2,056 5.9 9 10 110.4 88 127 1.4 2
2014 Memphis 259 413 62.7 3,031 7.3 22 9 137.6 113 321 2.8 13
2015 Memphis 296 443 66.8 3,776 8.5 28 4 157.5 87 239 2.7 2
Career 758 1,205 62.9 8,863 7.4 59 23 137.0 288 687 2.4 17

Professional career

Pre-draft

Lynch was predicted to be selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft by draft analysts and in mock drafts prior to the draft. He was rated the third best quarterback in the 2016 draft by NFLDraftScout.com.[20]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Wonderlic
6 ft 6+58 in
(2.00 m)
244 lb
(111 kg)
34+14 in
(0.87 m)
10+14 in
(0.26 m)
4.86 s 1.66 s 2.81 s 4.26 s 7.14 s 36 in
(0.91 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
18
All values from NFL Combine[21][20]

Denver Broncos

2016

Lynch with the Broncos in 2016

The Denver Broncos selected Lynch in the first round (26th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft in a pick acquired from the Seattle Seahawks for their first and third round pick.[22] He was the third of 15 quarterbacks taken, behind Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, the #1 and #2 overall picks.[23] On June 9, 2016, the Broncos signed Lynch to a four-year, $9,476,296 contract with a $5,091,852 signing bonus.[24]

On October 2, 2016, Lynch played in his first NFL regular-season game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, replacing the injured Trevor Siemian. He finished with 170 passing yards on 14 of 24 attempts and threw his first career touchdown pass to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in a 27–7 road win at Raymond James Stadium.[25] In Week 5, Lynch started his first NFL game, completing 23 of 35 passes for 223 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the 23–16 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He was sacked six times, a record for a Broncos rookie.[26][27] In Week 13, Lynch again replaced the injured Siemian against the Jacksonville Jaguars, posting 12 completions on 24 passing attempts for 104 yards in a 20–10 win.[28] Overall, he finished his rookie season with 497 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and one interception.[29]

2017

Lynch suffered a shoulder injury against the Green Bay Packers in the team's third preseason game of the 2017 season.[30] In Week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Lynch was active for the first time that season and was the backup to Brock Osweiler.[31] On November 21, Lynch was named the team's starter for the Week 12 game against the Oakland Raiders.[32] Lynch completed 9 of 14 passes for 41 yards and an interception that occurred in the endzone, the Raiders' first interception of the season. Lynch left the game with an ankle injury in the third quarter and was relieved by Siemian for the remainder of the game as the Broncos lost 21–14.[33] A day after the game, it was announced that Lynch would miss two to four weeks due to his injury.[34] On December 31, Lynch started the regular season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs. In the 27–24 loss, he finished 21 of 31 for 254 passing yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.[35]

2018

Going into mini-camps for the 2018 season, it was announced that Lynch would serve as backup quarterback, behind the newly acquired Case Keenum.[36] Two days after the Broncos preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced that Lynch had been demoted to third-string quarterback as Chad Kelly was promoted to backup. He was released by the Broncos on September 2, 2018, after the team acquired Kevin Hogan. In two seasons with the team, Lynch made just four starts and threw four touchdowns and four interceptions.[37]

Seattle Seahawks

On January 17, 2019, Lynch signed with the Seattle Seahawks after spending the 2018 season as a free agent.[38] He was waived on August 30, 2019, during final roster cuts.[39]

Pittsburgh Steelers

On September 17, 2019, Lynch was signed to the practice squad of the Pittsburgh Steelers.[40] He was promoted to the active roster on October 11, 2019, following an injury to Mason Rudolph.[41]

On September 5, 2020, Lynch was waived by the Steelers during final roster cuts.[42]

Saskatchewan Roughriders

On June 28, 2021, it was announced that Lynch had signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL).[43] He did not dress for games during the season as he was the fourth string quarterback and spent most of the time on the one-game injured list. He was released on February 22, 2022.[44]

Michigan Panthers

On February 22, 2022, Lynch signed with the United States Football League and was selected with the eighth pick of the 12th round of the 2022 USFL draft by the Michigan Panthers. Lynch was the last of 16 quarterbacks taken in the draft and the only one to have started an NFL regular season game before being drafted.[45] He was transferred to the inactive roster on May 5, 2022,[46] with a leg injury.[47]

Orlando Guardians

Lynch signed with the Orlando Guardians of the XFL on January 30, 2023.[48] In his Week 1 start against the Houston Roughnecks, Lynch completed 14 of 20 passes for 125 yards with one passing touchdown, as well as one interception before being benched for backup quarterback Quinten Dormady in the 33–12 loss. Lynch was waived on April 5, 2023.[49]

San Antonio Brahmas

On April 5, 2023, the San Antonio Brahmas claimed Lynch off waivers from the Orlando Guardians.[50] He was not part of the roster after the 2024 UFL dispersal draft on January 15, 2024.[51]

Professional statistics

NFL statistics
Year Team Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Record Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2016 DEN 3 2 0–2 49 83 59.0 497 6.0 2 1 79.2 11 25 2.3 0
2017 DEN 2 2 0–2 30 45 66.7 295 6.6 2 3 72.0 5 30 6.0 0
Career 5 4 0–4 79 128 61.7 792 6.2 4 4 76.7 16 55 3.4 0
Spring football statistics
Year Team League Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Record Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2022 MICH USFL 6 3 2–1 54 83 65.1 550 6.6 5 4 83.9 20 74 3.7 2
2023 ORL XFL 5 5 0–5 65 109 59.6 737 6.8 4 1 88.4 18 68 3.8 1
SA XFL Did not play

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