Paxton Lynch

Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterback #12
Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterback #12

Paxton Lynch News

Lands in CFL

Lynch signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL on June 28, Justin Dunk of reports.

Analysis: Lynch failed to secure a spot on the Steelers' roster during camp in 2020, and he was unable to land a spot on another team's practice squad. It's not yet clear whether the 2016 first-rounder will return to the NFL at some point after he totaled 792 passing yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions across five games with the Broncos in 2016 and 2017.

Jul 25, 2021 6:45 PM EST

Unceremoniously let go

Lynch was waived by the Steelers on Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: No surprise here as both Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges ultimately remained on the team's roster. It'll be interesting to see whether the Steelers opt to bring Lynch back onto its practice squad, or roll with a three QB active roster for 2020.

Sep 5, 2020 2:51 PM EST

DNP in season finale

Lynch did not take the field in Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Serving as backup to Devlin Hodges Lynch was not called upon to play against Baltimore. He has not played an offensive snap since 2017 and has one year remaining on his contract heading into 2020.

Jan 1, 2020 11:47 AM EST

Bumps into No. 2 role

Lynch will back up Devlin Hodges in Week 17's game against the Ravens, reports.

Analysis: Hodges started this past Sunday's loss to the Jets but played poorly and was relieved by Mason Rudolph, who suffered a shoulder injury during the contest. Therefore, Hodges will get the nod again, but Lynch will be ready if the undrafted rookie struggles again. Lynch last played in two games for the Broncos in 2017, completing 67 percent of passes for 295 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Dec 23, 2019 11:31 AM EST

Added to Pittsburgh's 53-man roster

Lynch was added to the Steelers' 53-man roster from the practice squad Friday.

Analysis: The 2016 first-round pick spent the preseason with the Seahawks but was let go at September's roster deadline and joined the Steelers' practice squad Sept. 17. Lynch provides some additional depth at quarterback with Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) on injured reserve and Mason Rudolph dealing with a concussion. Lynch will serve as the No. 2 quarterback behind Devlin Hodges this week against the Chargers with Rudolph sidelined.

Oct 11, 2019 1:11 PM EST

Lands on Steelers' practice squad

Lynch signed with Pittsburgh's practice squad Tuesday, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: Lynch was available after the Seahawks let him go Aug. 30. The former first-round pick will be able to provide the Steelers' quarterback room with some depth after it was announced Monday that Ben Roethlisberger would miss the remainder of the season with an elbow injury.

Sep 17, 2019 11:10 AM EST

Let go by Seattle

The Seahawks waived Lynch on Friday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Timesreports.

Analysis: Condotta also notes that Seattle could try to keep Lynch on their practice squad for the 2019 season. Regardless, the 25-year-old will have to continue to wait for his shot at a bigger role under center. Lynch didn't see any regular-season action in 2018. The former first-round pick appeared in five games for Denver between 2016 and 2017, completing a total of 79 passes for 792 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions.

Aug 30, 2019 3:27 PM EST

Sitting out against Chargers

Coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday that Lynch (head) won't play in Saturday's preseason game against the Chargers, Brady Henderson of reports.

Analysis: Lynch is still feeling the effects of an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit dished out by Vikings cornerback Holton Hill on Sunday. With the former first-round pick battling Geno Smith for the backup job, the injury is certainly serious enough to hold him out. Smith will shoulder backup work behind Russell Wilson for Saturday's game with Lynch sidelined.

Aug 21, 2019 4:18 PM EST

Exits after taking cheap shot

Lynch (head) had to exit Sunday's preseason matchup with the Vikings in the fourth quarter after taking an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit from Vikings cornerback Holton Hill, Gregg Bell of The News Tribune reports.

Analysis: Hill was ejected on the play, while Lynch was eventually able to walk to the sideline under his own power. Lynch had struggled prior to leaving the game, completing only six of 15 passes for 67 yards without a touchdown or turnover. His bid to beat out Geno Smith for the backup job behind Russell Wilson looks unlikely to succeed at this point.

Aug 18, 2019 8:05 PM EST

Shines in Seahawks debut

Lynch completed 11 of 15 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason game versus the Broncos. He also ran four times for 38 yards and a score.

Analysis: Lynch is positioned at No. 3 on Seattle's depth chart behind Russell Wilson and Geno Smith, but this game should be enough to lift him over Smith. He'll get the chance to take reps with the second team for the next week while Smith recovers from a minor surgery on his knee. While the Seahawks are still probably going to sign another quarterback to compete for the job, if Lynch can repeat his performance against the Broncos he appears poised to take the job.

Aug 10, 2019 9:06 AM EST

Inks deal with Seattle

The Seahawks signed Lynch on Thursday, Sports Radio KJR reports.

Analysis: The Broncos traded up to pluck Lynch in the first round of the 2016 draft, but he was stuck behind Trevor Siemian for most of his rookie season and both Siemian and Brock Osweiler in 2017. Lynch made five appearances (four starts) during those two years, completing 61.7 percent of his passes for 792 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. After Case Keenum arrived in Denver last offseason, Lynch was unable to keep a job by Week 1 and remained out of football in 2018. Upon joining the Seahawks, Lynch will battle Brett Hundley for slotting at quarterback behind Russell Wilson.

Jan 17, 2019 1:42 PM EST

Works out for Packers

Lynch worked out for the Packers on Tuesday, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Analysis: It's not clear if the Packers took a look at Lynch for any other reason than they wanted to evaluate him as a prospect, but it does at least lead to more speculation that the Packers are considering shutting down starter Aaron Rodgers for the rest of the season. Lynch remains a free agent for now, but if the Packers do decide to call it a season for Rodgers, Lynch is presumably the favorite to take his place on the roster.

Dec 18, 2018 2:33 PM EST

Set to work out for Bills

Lynch is slated to work out for the Bills on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Broncos recently cut ties with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, but he figures to catch on elsewhere as a backup. The Bills have current starter Nathan Peterman, as well as 2018 first-rounder Josh Allen on hand, so if Lynch were to sign with Buffalo, he'd be the team's clear-cut No. 3 option. Alternatively, the team may just want to kick the tires on Lynch, with an eye toward having him on a short list of potential replacements should either Peterman or Allen suffer an injury.

Sep 3, 2018 2:57 PM EST

Not sticking with Denver

Lynch was cut by the Broncos on Sunday, Tom Pelissero of reports.

Analysis: Lynch survived cutdown day but didn't have a spot on the team after the Broncos claimed Kevin Hogan off waivers. The 2016 first-round pick may have a chance to latch on elsewhere as a developmental project,

Sep 2, 2018 11:16 AM EST

Sticks as No. 3 QB

Lynch survived roster cuts as the Broncos' No. 3 quarterback,'s Jeff Legwold reports.

Analysis: Lynch still has a spot on the team but will be stuck behind Case Keenum and Chad Kelly on the depth chart. It won't come as a big surprise if the Broncos eventually release the 2016 first-round pick out of Memphis.

Sep 1, 2018 2:47 PM EST

Slated to play second half of Thursday's preseason game

Lynch is expected to play the entire second half of the Broncos' fourth preseason game Thursday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: Lynch's demotion throughout the preseason has been widely publicized and the decision to play him behind Chad Kelly on Thursday suggests the Broncos are ready to move on from the former 2016 first-round pick. Playing well against third stringers in the second half of the fourth preseason game yields no upside for Lynch.

Aug 27, 2018 1:26 PM EST

Falls to third-string QB

Lynch was overtaken by Chad Kelly as the Broncos' No. 2 quarterback, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Lynch was abysmal in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings, completing only 6 of 11 passes for 24 yards and an interception. Kelly, on the other hand, looked much more impressive and totaled more yards on the ground (three carries for 38 yards) than Lynch had through the air. The 26th overall pick of the 2016 draft was the de facto backup quarterback after the Broncos' signed Case Keenum in March, but now finds himself practicing with the third-string offense.

Aug 13, 2018 5:12 PM EST

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