Paxton Lynch
Lynch with the Broncos in 2016
Personal information
Date of birth: (1994-02-12) February 12, 1994 (age 26)
Place of birth: San Antonio, Texas
Career information
College: Memphis
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Denver Broncos ( 2016 2017)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Completion percentage     61.7
TDINT     4–4
Passing yards     792
Passer rating     76.7

Paxton James Lynch[1] (born February 12, 1994) is an American football quarterback who is currently 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 was also a member of the Seattle Seahawks in 2019 after spending the previous year in free agency.

Early yearsEdit

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 as a three-star recruit.[3] He committed to the University of Memphis to play college football.[4][5]

College careerEdit

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.[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 FBS 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 responsible for 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]


Year 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 careerEdit

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[21]

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 6⅝ in 244 lb 4.86 s 1.69 s 2.81 s 4.26 s 7.14 s 36 in 9 ft 10 in 18[22]

Denver BroncosEdit


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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.[23] He was the third of 15 quarterbacks taken, behind Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, the #1 and #2 overall picks.[24] On June 9, 2016, the Broncos signed Lynch to a four-year, $9,476,296 contract with a $5,091,852 signing bonus.[25]

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.[26] 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.[27][28] 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.[29] Overall, he finished his rookie season with 497 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and one interception.[30]


Lynch suffered a shoulder injury against the Green Bay Packers in the team's third preseason game of the 2017 season.[31] In Week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Lynch was active for the first time that season and was the backup to Brock Osweiler.[32] On November 21, Lynch was named the team's starter for the Week 12 game against the Oakland Raiders.[33] 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.[34] A day after the game, it was announced that Lynch would miss two to four weeks due to his injury.[35] 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.[36]


Going into mini-camps for the 2018 season, it was announced that Lynch would serve as backup quarterback, behind the newly acquired Case Keenum.[37] 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.[38]

Seattle SeahawksEdit

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


Year Team GP GS Passing Rushing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2016 DEN 3 2 49 83 59.0 497 6.0 2 1 79.2 11 25 2.3 0
2017 DEN 2 2 30 45 66.7 295 6.6 2 3 72.0 5 30 6.0 0
Career 5 4 79 128 61.7 792 6.2 4 4 76.7 16 55 3.4 0



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