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The Last Dance? Former Roughrider Quarterback Paxton Lynch Gets Drafted by USFL Michigan Panthers

Just when I thought I was out they pull me back in. That’s probably what Paxton Lynch was saying when he was released by the Roughriders and then drafted by the USFL’s Michigan Panther all within Twelve hours.

Paxton Lynch in Memphis uniform
Lynch during his time with the Memphis Tigers

At 6’7 and 245 pounds, Paxton Lynch had NFL scouts and GMs gushing. One in particular was John Elway, who had just failed to resign Brock Osweiler (6’7 240) was the first choice to replace Peyton Manning in 2016. However, Lynch could never live up to the hype of his big bodied statue after getting drafted as the 26th overall pick in 2016.

Lynch’s struggles to stay healthy and his performance hampered him throughout his Broncos tenure and was eventually viewed as an afterthought come 2018. Following training he would be demoted to 3rd string behind Case Keenum and Chad Kelly, until the Broncos acquired Kevin Hogan and Lynch was released. Honestly, things never got better for Paxton Lynch.

Lynch, would spend 2018 out of football followed by stints with the Seahawks and Steelers, until 2020 where he would find himself unemployed once again. It wasn’t until the summer of 2021 that Lynch would be able to find work again playing pro football.

Lynch 4 hands the ball off to his running back during a practice with the Roughriders in 2021

Lynch, would sign with the Saskatchewan RoughRiders in June of 2021, however, wouldn’t actually dress for a game. With Lynch once again being an afterthought in the CFL he would eventually request his release, after the RoughRiders signed Jake Dolegala, another 6’7 QB, who last played with the Miami Dolphins in 2021.

With Lynch getting another opportunity to play pro football, it seems the USFL is really his last chance. After burning a bridge with the CFL and being an afterthought for the NFL, Lynch will most likely have to prove to people that he is at capable playing Quarterback at a high level. Unfortunately, it come with an uphill battle as he’ll have to go against the inaugural number one pick Shea Patterson.

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Patrick Rifino Reporter


  1. David Tress

    February 28, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    The Roughriders never really gave Paxton Lynch much of a chance. Maybe he’ll have better luck in the USFL.

    • Patrick Rifino (Author)

      February 28, 2022 at 1:45 pm

      I think he will. He’s athletic with a big build so I’m looking forward to seeing him get one last chance.

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