It's a rough day for tall, strong-armed, over-drafted quarterbacks.
The Broncos, who traded up in Round 1 in 2015 to draft potential Peyton Manning heir, 6-foot-7 Paxton Lynch, at No. 26 overall, are releasing the Memphis product after he lost the QB2 battle to "Mr. Irrelevant" in 2017, Chad Kelly.
Meantime, new Giants GM Dave Gettleman and new head coach Pat Shurmur quickly moved on from 2017 third-rounder Davis Webb (6-5), who was selected by Jerry Reese but lost out to rookie fourth-rounder Kyle Lauletta in the competition to back up Eli Manning this season.
Before the Giants selected him, Webb was included on PFW's list of the most overrated 2017 NFL draft prospects. We struggled to see how he'd overcome not only a lack of accuracy coming from a QB-friendly system at Cal but minimal poise and pocket presence.
Lynch, though, received a first-round grade from PFW before he arrived in the NFL with a tantalizing blend of size, speed and arm talent. Alas, Lynch quickly proved that he lacked the necessary intangibles as he was beat out in consecutive offseasons by seventh-round picks, Kelly and Trevor Siemian.
The release of Lynch reportedly is the Broncos' corresponding roster move after they claimed Kevin Hogan off waivers from Washington. That suggests Elway's affinity for big and athletic passers remains and Hogan could compete with Kelly, who lit it up in the preseason but lacks the NFL experience that his similarly inconsistet new counterpart Hogan (59.4 completion percentage in eight appearances, including one start) may or may not be able to provide.
The Broncos' decision to turn the page after the failed Lynch experiment is a costly one. Not only did they promise Case Keenum $25 million guaranteed in their latest attempt to stabilize the QB room since Manning's retirement, the Broncos potentially are on the hook for $1.4 million in guaranteed money on Lynch's rookie deal, assuming he clears waivers.
Is there a lesson to be learned from the early NFL demise of Lynch and Webb? First and foremost, they're both still super young and likely to get second NFL chances. But it'll further fuel the narrative that unusually tall passers not named Tom Brady finding success are an increasingly rare breed.