Houston Texans: Paxton Lynch the quarterback of the future?
Brian Hoyer is the quarterback for the Houston Texans and while he no longer has to look over his shoulder following the release of Ryan Mallett, his days as the guy could be short lived. The team has apparently been in contact with the high school coach of the Memphis Tigers quarterback, Paxton Lynch.
"His high school coach, Allen Johnson, told the Daytona Beach News-Journal that he’s received calls from the Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans and Denver Broncos."
His measurable are the first thing that jump off the charts as he stands 6’7″ tall and weighs a healthy 245 pounds. Unlike many players his size, Lynch does have adequate mobility and athleticism which is also appealing to scouts who are looking into his professional potential.
Lynch is still a junior at Memphis but he may be tempted to enter the pros following the hype that is building around his performance in 2015. He has led the Tigers to an 8-0 start and they are sitting at number 15 in the Top 25 polls.
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In eight games this year Lynch has showed tremendous improvement from his previous years as he has completed 70 percent of his passes for 2,709 yards with 18 touchdowns and only one interception.
Fans would most likely be ecstatic to see the team finally commit on a quarterback of the future after watching the revolving door over the past couple of season. Houston saw Matt Schaub flame out at the position only to be replaced by a combination of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett, Tom Savage and Case Keenum in 2014. This season has seen Mallett and Hoyer flip-flop between the spot, with Hoyer taking over right before Mallett’s release.
Hoyer has put up respectable numbers this season as he has a career high 97.1 quarterback rating while going for 1,581 yards with 13 touchdowns to just three interceptions.
Unfortunately for Hoyer, one of those picks came with the game on the line against division rival Indianapolis which seems to be the case with the journeyman quarterback who has made ill advised throws in big moments throughout his career.
With Houston in first place despite a 3-5 record, Hoyer may very well be fighting off another quarterback if he keeps the team out of the top few picks in the draft. Without many huge quarterback prospects coming to the league in 2015, Lynch could find himself going much earlier than anyone would have guessed a few months back.