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Midseason Rookie QB Grades

Baker Mayfield

Although the Browns aren’t winning, Baker is playing pretty well. Considering the Browns traded away Josh Gordon and Carlos Hyde, Baker’s production is quite impressive. The past three games he has thrown for 692 yards and 6 touchdowns with only 2 interceptions. Factor in that Hue Jackson and Todd Haley were fired in this time period, and those numbers look even better. Baker has clearly shown he is the best rookie of this class so far, the Browns just need to find a coach.

Record as a Starter: 1-4

Stats: 1768 Passing Yards, 10 Passing Touchdowns, 7 Interceptions, 91 Rushing Yards, 0 Rushing Touchdowns, 60% Completion Percentage, 81.5 Passer Rating

Grade: B+

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Sam Darnold

It seemed like Darnold was truly starting to see some progression. Then Week 9 happened. Sam went 21-39 for 229 yards and 4 interceptions, one of which was a pick six. These interceptions were not tipped passes either, he threw them right to the defense. We do have to factor in that this was an away game in Miami, and that receivers struggled to get separation, but it was disappointing none the less. There have been peaks and valleys of Sam’s rookie season, but I still expect him to be the Jets franchise QB of the future.

Record as a Starter: 3-6

Stats: 1934 Passing Yards, 11 Passing Touchdowns, 14 Interceptions, 61 Rushing Yards, 1 Rushing Touchdown, 55% Completion Percentage, 68.3 Passer Rating

Grade: C+

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Josh Allen

After leading the Bills to an ugly win against Tennessee, it appeared the same would happen versus Houston until Allen injured his elbow in the 3rd quarter. Since the injury the Bills dropped four straight games with Nate Peterman and Derek Anderson at QB. Peterman has struggled, while Anderson also got injured. One thing is now clear. The Bills have one of the worst offenses in the history of the NFL. This makes it very hard to evaluate Allen. The evaluation will really begin next season after the Bills rework their offense with around $100 million in cap space. For now expect Josh Allen to be back within the next few weeks as he is listed as questionable.

Record as a Starter: 2-3

Stats: 832 Passing Yards, 2 Passing Touchdowns, 5 Interceptions, 155 Rushing Yards, 3 Rushing Touchdowns, 54% Completion Percentage, 61.8 Passer Rating

Grade: C

Cardinals committed a crime by leaving Josh Rosen in that game

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Josh Rosen

Rosen drove the Cardinals 73 yards down the field for a game-winning touchdown versus San Francisco in Week 8. Unfortunately both of his wins came against the pathetic 49ers. Josh has not performed particularly well against above avaerage defenses. For example, in Week 7 against the Broncos, he went 21-39 for 194 yards, 1 TD, and 3 interceptions. Rookie QB’s aren’t expected to tear apart good defenses, but it does say something about Rosen that he has only truly excelled versus the league’s worst. Regardless, he still looks sharp and poised in the pocket and will continue to progress throughout the rest of the season.

Record as a Starter: 2-3

Stats: 1072 Passing Yards, 5 Passing Touchdowns, 6  Interceptions, 48 Rushing Yards, 0 Rushing Touchdowns, 55.6% Completion Percentage, 69.9 Passer Rating

Grade: B-

Ravens beat Colts despite Lamar Jackson's difficulties

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Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson threw a crisp first passing touchdown in garbage time versus Carolina. He is still being utilized mostly as a decoy/utility weapon. After dropping to 4-5 with a loss to the Steelers, more fans are clamoring for Jackson to start. Expect him to take more pass attempts in the upcoming weeks.

Record as a Starter: N/A

Stats: 87 Passing Yards, 1 Passing Touchdown, 0 Interceptions, 129 Rushing Yards, 1 Rushing Touchdown, 54.5% Completion Percentage, 106.2 Passer Rating

Grade: N/A

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