Lynch Shines Under Pressure
One of Paxton Lynch’s greatest talents is his ability to extend plays and make things happen when under pressure. He also does not make mistakes when under fire.
Pro Football Focus noted his exceptional 2015 campaign and his lack of mistakes when facing pressure from opposing defenses.
Luke Knox of ESPN took an interesting look at the the top quarterback prospects (Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch, Connor Cook and Christian Hackenberg). He compared several in-depth statistics from the signal callers’ last season in college.
Lynch averaged 5.95 yards per attempt when facing QB pressure last season at Memphis, second only to Jared Goff (7.17). He did have the highest completion percentage under pressure among the group (46.7%).
Lynch also fared extremely well in exploiting the blitz for big “splash” plays. Touchdown rate against the blitz measures a quarterbacks ability to recognize the weakness in a defense while blitzing. In 81 attempts against the blitz, Lynch threw for 11 touchdowns, second among the group to only Jared Goff, yet again.
In the six statistics examined by Knox, Lynch was the only quarterback among the “second tier” quarterbacks to come out on top in a category.
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