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Rookie QB Grades Through Week 4

Sam Darnold

After a hot start in Detroit, Darnold and the Jets have dropped three straight games. Although he has been pretty inefficient so far, the talent surrounding Darnold is slightly below average at best. Watching Sam Darnold play has reminded me of Carson Wentz in his rookie season. Wentz was the definition of average, as he threw for only 16 touchdowns while throwing 14 interceptions. Despite the struggles of Darnold, it was encouraging to see him  take more shots down the field versus Jacksonville this past week. Expect to see him improve and take even more shots down the field during the upcoming three game home-stand.

Record as a Starter: 1-3

Stats: 868 Passing Yards, 4 Passing Touchdowns, 5 Interceptions, 8 Rushing Yards, 0 Rushing Touchdowns, 57.5% Completion Percentage, 72.6 Passer Rating

Grade: C+


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Josh Allen

Josh Allen has started three games, in which half of the time he looked like a legitimate NFL quarterback and the other half he looked completely lost. Versus Minnesota he threw darts all over the field, hurdled a Pro Bowl linebacker, evaded the pass rush, and scrambled for a touchdown. Most importantly, he won that game, and threw for 196 yards and a touchdown. Against Green Bay he set a record for the most incompletions in a half, ran himself into sacks, missed easy throws, and threw an errant interception while the Bills were in field goal range. He finished the game 16/33 throwing for 151 yards and two interceptions. The San Diego game was a mix of both as Allen threw for 245 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions in the loss. Outside of LeSean McCoy the Bills have zero talent on offense, but Allen still must take a share of the blame.

Record as a Starter: 1-2

Stats: 666 Passing Yards, 2 Passing Touchdowns, 4 Interceptions, 116 Rushing Yards, 2 Rushing Touchdowns, 53.4% Completion Percentage, 63.8 Passer Rating

Grade: C


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Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield entered near the end of the first half versus the Jets to replace an injured Tyrod Taylor. He went 17-23 for 201 yards and led the Browns to their first win in 635 days. Baker clearly opened up the offense and was able to throw over the middle of the field, unlike Tyrod. In his second start Mayfield only completed 51% of his passes and threw a pair of  touchdowns and interceptions. This showing was not as impressive as his first, but the offense did put up 42 points and the running game was opened up from Baker’s passing ability. It’s not the easiest to play your first NFL start in rowdy Oakland, but I expect Baker will improve a lot throughout the next few weeks.

Grade: B

Record as a Starter: 0-1

Stats: 496 Passing Yards, 2 Passing Touchdowns, 2 Interceptions, 8 Rushing Yards, 0 Rushing Touchdowns, 59.4% Completion Percentage, 81.2 Passer Rating


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Josh Rosen

Josh Rosen got his first start this past Sunday at home against Seattle. He only threw for 180 yards and a touchdown, but don’t get it twisted, Rosen was sharp. Quite a few of his passes were dropped. Rosen also showed good composure and quick decision making. We saw why he was considered the most polished passer coming out of the draft. Arizona HC Steven Wilks eased his rookie QB into the game, but look for Wilks to give Rosen more opportunities against the 49ers this week. This could be a very winnable game for the Cardinals, as the 49ers are without Jimmy Garoppolo for the rest of the season due to a torn ACL.

Grade: B+

Record as a Starter: 0-1

Stats: 216 Passing Yards, 1 Passing Touchdown, 1 Interception, 25 Rushing Yards, 0 Rushing Touchdowns, 55.9% Completion Percentage, 72.7 Passer Rating


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Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson has mostly been used as a utility player, having only thrown four passes. Expect this trend to continue as Joe Flacco has the Ravens at 3-1 and has been tearing defenses apart.

Grade: N/A

Record as a Starter: N/A

Stats: 25 Passing Yards, 0 Passing Touchdowns, 0 Interceptions, 62 Rushing Yards, 0 Rushing Touchdowns, 25% Completion Percentage, 52.1 Passer Rating

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