Former NFL first-round pick Paxton Lynch’s first XFL game started with a touchdown pass on the game’s opening drive. It ended with him being pulled after throwing a costly interception late in the third quarter with his team trailing by double digits.
Lynch was the 26th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He has had many failures in his career with the Broncos, the Steelers, the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL, and the Michigan Panthers of the USFL.
Lynch’s team, the Orlando Guardians, were soundly defeated the Houston Roughnecks, 33-12, in Week 1 of the rebooted league’s 2023 season on Saturday night.
Lynch finished the game with 136 yards and a touchdown on 15 of 21 passing. He was pulled after he was picked off by Houston’s Tavante Beckett.
It’s unclear whether Lynch will be back under center next weekend, when the Guardians play again.
Former Broncos QB Paxton Lynch. Photo courtsey of The Sporting News