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  • Writer's pictureDominic Konareski

Paxton Lynch Makes Pro Football History

Updated: May 18, 2023

Paxton Lynch is in a league of his own, soon though he may be out of a league entirely.

Paxton Lynch has played in four different pro football leagues in his seven year pro career. Lynch is undoubtably a journeyman in the football world, he has played in both the United States and Canada, and still hasn’t found any rhythm.

Lynch has been benched by every team he has ever played on, he is also known as one of the biggest quarterback draft busts in NFL history. The former University of Memphis QB1 was drafted in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos at 26th overall. Lynch would make four starts for Denver between 2016 and 2017, posting a 1-3 record, he would later be released by the Broncos’ organization prior to the 2018 season. The releasement of Lynch came as a surprise as 2017 featured a 66.7cmp% for 295 yards, where he threw 2 TDs to 3 INTs in two games (both started). Lynch had upward stats in 2017 and he was the Broncos’ first rounder, the fact that the Broncos’ front office gave up on Lynch so fast was very shocking.

The Arkansas native would then bring his talents to Canada in 2021, after being on and cut from several NFL teams (Lynch was never on a regular season roster in the NFL after Broncos’ tenure). Lynch would sign with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL, he would be their fourth-string quarterback and never see playing time.

On February 22, 2022, Lynch was secleted by the USFL’s Michigan Panthers in the 12th round of the USFL Draft. He was the last of 16 quarterbacks to be drafted despite him being the only one with NFL regular season experience. Lynch would be the backup quarterback to Shea Patterson, nevertheless Lynch did get some playing time though. The late rounder started in three games posting a 2-1 record, he threw for 550 yards, 5 TDs to 4 INTs along with having two rushing touchdowns. Lynch faced injuries in 2022 but was still able to finish the season strong, ending the year on a high note with USFL Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance in the Week 10 finale vs the Maulers.

Lynch would then be signed by the XFL’s Orlando Guardians on January 23rd, 2023, and be named as the starting quarterback.

Lynch would start in Week 1 but struggled heavily leading to him being bench to end the game. With that Paxton Lynch made pro football history as being the first player to be benched in both the NFL, CFL, USFL and XFL.

You can argue that Paxton Lynch is a good player who is just inconsistent. Despite him being benched in four different leagues he was still good enough to get on teams in four different leagues, especially the NFL. He has been able to stick around and be relevant in the football world for almost a decade, with that it seems like he is just the type of player that performed great in college but couldn’t carry the hype to the big stages. Lynch is a solid backup QB on the team, just not a reliable starter.

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