For all the success rookie and first-year quarterbacks have been experiencing in the NFL this season, Paxton Lynch was unable to share in the success on Sunday. Making his first start in a 23-16 loss to Atlanta, the Broncos’ rookie signal caller had a rough debut, completing 65.7 percent of his passes, but only for 6.4 yards per attempt with an interception and a whopping 6 sacks.
Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley told James Palmer for the NFL Network, they were confident going into the game that they would be able to frustrate Lynch.
Apparently, Lynch likes to scramble to his right, which was something Beasley said the Falcons prepared for all week. Obviously, they were able to exploit that knowledge, at least it would appear that way based on the 22-year-old’s passing line.
It’s not surprising a rookie quarterback would have such a glaring and easy-to-spot flaw. Lynch was believed to be a bit of a project coming out of college to begin with, and even some of the most polished entering the league are exposed early on at the next level.
You would think Lynch rolling to his right would be easily correctable, although it’s likely a sign he’s not yet trusting what he sees and is subconsciously what he does to buy himself more time. The secret is out now, so either he adjusts or there will only be more days like that.
Of course, the Broncos never wanted Lynch to have to play this soon and will continue to hope for Trevor Siemian’s hasty return from a shoulder injury. At this point, they might even be counting on it, because this kind of tendency doesn’t sound like a quick fix.