The headline of our first post about Paxton Lynch, the Broncos' number-one draft pick this past April, reads, "Meet Paxton Lynch: Broncos' Star QB of the Future or the Next Tim Tebow?"
Yesterday, during his first start — a desultory 23-16 home loss to the Atlanta Falcons that wasn't nearly as close as the final score suggests — Lynch looked a lot more like Timmy than Peyton Manning in his prime. Far too many of his passes sailed on him or were otherwise uncatchable, and he displayed so little pocket presence that he made the Falcons defense look like the one that made the Broncos Super Bowl champions in February.
Of course, it's far too early to hit the panic button, but plenty of Broncos fans essentially did that by way of their Twitter account's "tweet" button. The resulting messages sound every bit as angry as those sent in recent weeks by boosters of the Panthers, Bengals, Colts and Buccaneers — the previous four opponents Denver dispatched leading up to Sunday's reality check.
The good news: The Broncos are back on the field Thursday against the Chargers, and a victory over the hated Philip Rivers — not to mention the anticipated return of quarterback Trevor Siemien, whose stature was definitely improved by Lynch's lousy performance — will reassure citizens of Broncos Nation that the future is still bright.
Continue to count down our picks for the twenty most memorable Paxton Lynch-sucks tweets.
Our defense sucks and we assaulted Paxton Lynch like he was a stranded Hawaiian Tropic girl in Trump Tower— Anthony Pace (@RelentlessPace) October 9, 2016
It's funny how I liked tebow,but I think paxton looks like tebow tbh.And I think paxton sucks lol. Prob cause i was desperate for a qb then.— gobroncos tbh (@BroncoSiemian) October 10, 2016
well Paxton sucks... WE WANT TREVOR— Quinn O'Melia (@Quinno1823) October 9, 2016
The falcons aren't good, paxton just sucks ass— Ty SamTRASHilo (@JuanPieceOfCake) October 9, 2016
Paxton sucks ass. Go back to the bench on Thursday— Josh Urdiales (@jazzysmooth21) October 9, 2016
Denver Broncos just called me in to finish the 4th quarter for em since Paxton sucks— Chef_boyarD-ham (@dham_hines) October 9, 2016
hopefully trevor siemian comes back next game cause paxton lynch sucks— drew (@drewalgorri1) October 9, 2016
people say its our OLINE but how fuckin long do u expect them to hold up when Paxton isnt finding an open WR.... He fuckin sucks!— BRONCOS BUM™ (@CompetentNFLyst) October 9, 2016
Paxton Lynch sucks...I knew that last year when Temple wiped the floor with him...Big doofus— Stoned Philly Fan (@StonedPhillyFan) October 9, 2016
I'm pretty sure I tweeted something before the draft about how Paxton Lynch sucks. Paxton Lynch sucks.— the college kid (@KingCT1996) October 9, 2016
Oh my lord Paxton lynch sucks balls when is Siemian gonna be back— Harrison Hamrick (@HarrisonHamrick) October 9, 2016
Holy fuck Paxton Lynch sucks balls bench that fool #ATLvsDEN— ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ (@Vibrxncyy) October 9, 2016
Paxton lynch sucks so bad it take this dude forever to release the ball— Term (@TrapLordTerm) October 9, 2016
OMG PAXTON LYNCH SUCKS— TDOLF (@TDOLF14) October 9, 2016
Paxton needs like a 15yd shotgun so he has enough time for a play to develop. This SUCKS. #Broncos— CaptainBronco (@CaptainBronco) October 9, 2016
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First loss of the season least we know Paxton lynch sucks and that Siemans is our guy oh well GO BRONCOS!— Crak Hedz (@CrakHedz) October 9, 2016