The 2021 draft brought ten rookie quarterbacks to the NFL. Of those NFL rookie quarterbacks, five were chosen in the first round. So, how have they fared as NFL rookies?
NFL betting enthusiasts will be watching several of them closely in Week 8 action. So how are they handling being NFL quarterbacks, and what should we expect from them in Week 8?
Read on to learn more about the NFL rookie quarterbacks this week.
Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars
The number one pick from Clemson, Trevor Lawrence, is likely adjusting to playing on a team with fewer wins. He had a successful college football career, but now he’s playing for a team that’s 1-5.
Week 6 got the Jaguars their first win of the season against the Miami Dolphins. In Week 7, they enjoyed a bye week to prepare for the 2-5 Seattle Seahawks.
Lawrence started his rookie season struggling with interceptions, but he has thrown only one in the last three games.
The Seahawks are hoping to win this game and save their struggling season. Seattle doesn’t want to eliminate themselves from playoff contention before Russell Wilson returns to action. Last week, the much-maligned Seahawks defense looked improved against the Saints.
Jacksonville goes into a hostile Seattle environment with a rookie coach and rookie quarterback. I think it will be difficult for Lawrence to get another win for the Jaguars this week.
Zach Wilson, New York Jets
Week 7 was rough for the number two pick in the 2021 draft. He took two big hits over three plays in the second quarter against the Patriots.
Wilson was only 6-for-10 for 51 yards when he left the game with an injury.
Wilson suffered a sprained PCL that’s expected to sideline him for 2-4 weeks, forcing the Jets to trade to get quarterback Joe Flacco.
Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers
The third pick in the first round, Trey Lance, might get his chance to prove he can handle the starting job as the 49ers have a real quarterback mess on their hands. At some point, the 49ers will have to decide whether they want to continue with Garoppolo or develop Trey Lance and admit that they aren’t going to make the playoffs.
Jimmy Garoppolo returned to his starting position after suffering a calf injury, and the 49ers listed Lance as injured so he could rest an ailing knee in Week 7. Lance is still questionable to play this Sunday, but he should be able to participate in Wednesday’s practice.
Garoppolo had a dismal performance against Indianapolis, so if Lance is ready, he might get a shot to show what he’s got for the Niners.
Justin Fields, Chicago Bears
Justin Fields is still trying to show that he can be successful in the NFL. Week 7 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady left him reeling.
The game set one record, though. It set an NFL record for the largest age gap between quarterbacks, with Brady at 44 and Fields at 21.
Fields came out on the wrong side of this matchup, throwing for 184 yards and three interceptions in the 38-3 loss. At least one of those interceptions was due to the coaching staff, however.
The good news for Fields on Halloween Sunday is that they face the 49ers, who also have quarterback problems.
Mac Jones, New England Patriots
Mac Jones had an impressive solid game in Week 7, leading the Patriots to a decisive win over the struggling Jets, 54-13. Jones went 24-for-36 for 307 yards and two touchdowns in this win.
Jones and the Patriots need to work towards more consistency as they continue to rebuild. This week, they’ll face off against the Chargers. It’s hard to imagine Jones getting the win this week, but Jones looks like the best rookie quarterback so far this year.
NFL Rookie Quarterbacks in Week 8
NFL rookie quarterbacks are learning that the NFL is much more complicated than college football. Players are faster, wiser, and offenses take more time to learn. So which ones will stand the test of time and come out of their rookie seasons with secure roster spots?
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