Steelers sign Paxton Lynch to practice squad
The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered a major loss in Week 2, when Ben Roethlisberger went down with an injury. This is no minor thing either. The quarterback is out for the entire season.
Due to that, they’ve had to scramble to find some depth at the position. It looks like they’ve settled on Paxton Lynch.
The Steelers have signed former Broncos QB Paxton Lynch to their practice squad.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 17, 2019
Lynch was a first round draft pick not that long ago. In fact, it was just 2016 when the Denver Broncos used the 26th overall pick to select the quarterback out of Memphis.
Things didn’t pan out though. Lynch appeared in just five games for the Broncos. In that time, he completed 61.7% of his passes (79-for-128) for 792 yards and four touchdowns, as well as four interceptions.
He hasn’t appeared in a regular season NFL game since 2017.
The Steelers are banking on that potential that Denver (and many others) saw in Lynch when he was drafted though. Putting him on the practice squad definitely can’t hurt.
Pittsburgh’s also in a desperate situation. Mason Rudolph showed flashes in Week 2 and shouldn’t be a terrible replacement at all to Roethlisberger. However, with an 0-2 record and without their star quarterback, things are looking bleak.
Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the Steelers are taking fliers out on past first round draft pick quarterbacks. They might need some magic in the season and they’ll need to find someone that can provide it.
Meanwhile, Rudolph is the starter and his only backup is rookie Devlin Hodges. With Lynch now on the practice squad, he’s really not all that far away from suiting up – or even being on the field again.