Paxton Lynch
Paxton Lynch
26-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Pittsburgh Steelers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Broncos cut their 2016 first-round pick (26th overall) before the 2018 season started after just two years and four starts with the team. After working out with a couple other teams, the Seahawks signed Lynch this offseason to compete for a backup job behind Russell Wilson. Lynch showed promise in the preseason, but he suffered a head injury with an unknown timeline. It appears to be a coin flip between him and Geno Smith to be Wilson's backup, but even if Lynch makes the 53-man roster it's unlikely he'll see much field since Wilson hasn't missed a game in his seven-year career. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Steelers in October of 2019.
Serves as backup in finale
QBPittsburgh Steelers
January 1, 2020
Lynch didn't play any snaps while serving as the Steelers' backup quarterback in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens.
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Lynch was promoted from the practice squad Oct. 11 but didn't see the field during his two and a half months on the active roster, even with both Mason Rudolph (shoulder) and Devlin Hodges being demoted from starting roles at points. The 2016 first-round pick hasn't seen any NFL action since his second pro season and is unlikely to be much more than a training-camp body at quarterback if he sticks with Pittsburgh in 2020.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Paxton Lynch's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 7"
 
Weight
244 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.86 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.26 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.14 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
 
Broad Jump
118 in
 
Hand Length
10.25 in
 
Arm Length
34.25 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Just four starts in two seasons is probably not what the Broncos were hoping for when they selected Lynch 26th overall in 2016. Last year would have been a perfect time to give him an extended look, but shoulder and ankle injuries limited Lynch to just six full quarters of play. Rather than roll the dice with an uncertain quarterback picture for the third straight season, GM John Elway brought veteran Case Keenum aboard. The pairing will give Lynch the benefit of learning under a quarterback who has also dealt with adversity and has similar scheme preferences, according to Denver's brass. There's still time for Lynch, a project coming out of Memphis, to put it all together and the Broncos showed some faith in not drafting a new signal-caller, but it's hard to see how exactly Lynch, and not Keenum or a future draft pick, elevates to becoming the team's long-term starter.
Lynch lost the starting job to Trevor Siemian last season as he had trouble picking up the offense. He and Siemian again will battle in training camp, but this year's offense with new coordinator Mike McCoy might be more to Lynch's liking, as it is expected to predominantly feature a shotgun passing game much like what Lynch played in during college. But that doesn't make Lynch, the third QB drafted in 2016, the favorite for the job. New coach Vance Joseph said this offseason that Lynch, who made three mediocre appearances (two starts) last season, needs to raise his leadership ability to match his exceptional physical talents. At 6-7, Lynch is strong in the pocket with a big arm, and he has the athleticism and mobility to extend plays. Siemian ultimately won the starting job after outplaying Lynch through the first two preseason games.
The third quarterback selected in this year's draft, Lynch in some ways falls into an enviable situation. The Super Bowl champion Broncos are led by their defense, which puts less pressure on the offense to score, and the team's turmoil at the position after watching Peyton Manning retire and Brock Osweiler bolt for Houston as a free agent also makes the rookie seem less like the franchise's savior and more like a savvy fallback plan. A very tall pocket passer with plus athleticism, Lynch has a big arm and uses his mobility to extend plays rather than looking to run at every opportunity, a skill set that likely seems very familiar to general manager John Elway. Despite those assets, though, Lynch is highly unlikely to be ready to face NFL defenses by Week 1. His ability to read defenses isn't up to scratch coming out of a college spread offense, and his mechanics, footwork and accuracy will all need a fair amount of polish. As such, the Broncos will be patient with the rookie and will rely on Mark Sanchez to lead the offense until they feel Lynch is ready, something which may not happen until next season. He'll still have Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to throw to when he does take the reins, giving him a fairly high eventual ceiling, but his 2016 production will likely be limited to garbage time snaps.
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Bumps into No. 2 role
QBPittsburgh Steelers
December 23, 2019
Lynch will back up Devlin Hodges in Week 17's game against the Ravens, ESPN.com reports.
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Set to serve as backup QB
QBPittsburgh Steelers
October 11, 2019
Lynch was added to the Steelers' 53-man roster from the practice squad Friday.
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Lands on Steelers' practice squad
QBFree Agent
September 17, 2019
Lynch signed with Pittsburgh's practice squad Tuesday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
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Let go by Seattle
QBFree Agent
August 30, 2019
The Seahawks waived Lynch on Friday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Timesreports.
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Sitting out against Chargers
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Head
August 21, 2019
Coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that Lynch (head) won't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Chargers, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.
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