Former Denver Broncos first-rounder Paxton Lynch debuts in USFL
Former Denver Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch comes off the bench in his United States Football League debut.
In 2016 the Denver Broncos selected Paxton Lynch out of Memphis with the 26th overall pick in the NFL Draft. Many thought Lynch could be the next to scream “Omaha” at the opposing teams’ defense, but that wouldn’t be the case.
The 6’7″ QB would only spend two seasons in Denver, where he played in only five games with four starts. He had a record of 1-3 as a starter and completed 79 of 128 passes for 792 yards. Lynch also threw four touchdowns, four interceptions, and two fumbles.
After Lynch’s short stay, he signed a reserve contract with the Seattle Seahawks and spent some time in Pittsburgh as a part of the Steelers organization.
Rocking the same number 12 that he did with the Denver Broncos, Paxton Lynch made his debut in the USFL over the weekend for the Michigan Panthers. Lynch was drafted to the Panthers in the league’s inaugural draft with the last pick of the 12th round.
He was one of just 280 players selected among the eight teams and joined the team as the backup QB to the 1st overall pick, Shea Patterson.
Patterson saw most of the action, starting the game and playing a majority of it. Lynch did get some playing time, but luck was not on his side as he completed only 2 out of 5 passes for 1 yard and threw an interception.
Along with the interception, Lynch had two fumbles, with one being a loss. This wasn’t the ideal start for Lynch’s debut in the USFL, but it’s only game one with nine games left to be played on the season.
The USFL’s unique look at football has been interesting to witness over the weekend. Many believe this league could be a step back into the NFL for some players, like Lynch, and could offer the NFL new talent.
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