Lynch joins a dubious list of recent former first-round quarterbacks, including Johnny Manziel, Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn, who failed to earn their respective teams’ starting jobs by the beginning of their second seasons. Lynch is the superior athlete with the necessary physical tools — size, speed and arm talent — at his disposal to succeed. But the mental side hasn’t caught up to his unique physical prospects.
Playing with one of the worst offensive lines and run games, Siemian managed a respectable 18-10 touchdown-interception ratio last season, although his yards per attempt (7.0), completion percentage (59.5) and passer rating (84.6) ranked near the bottom of NFL starters.
However, he has played mistake-free football this preseason, completing 14-of-18 passes with a touchdown and no picks — good for 118.5 rating — to earn the starting nod prior to Saturday’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.
Lynch, by contrast, has struggled to get anything going downfield (3.7 yards per attempt) and display consistency on par with Siemian.