It was a Sunday morning to forget for five new passers-by.
Week 1 was generally a mixed one for the first round rookies: there were strong performances, a few highlights and a pair of passers made a cameo appearance on the bench.
This week was more of what you’d expect from rookie quarterbacks: a whole bunch of nastiness from top to bottom. In fact, all of the rookie QBs regressed in one way or another in week 2, so expect those hot catches to play out on Monday morning.
Week 2 featured a clash between new pitchers from the AFC East, the No. 1 overall pick came up against strong defense and there was another start for a passer caught outside of the first round .
Take a deep breath, everyone. It might not have been pretty, but it’s week 2.
Here’s how newbie passers-by ranked:
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Mac Jones: B
Statistics: 23/30, 186 yards
Jones didn’t do a ton of “Wow” plays on Sunday, and he probably won’t as he continues to grow under Bill Belichick. In fact, he sometimes held the ball a bit long and cost himself a few sacks, and didn’t take a lot of available deep shots. He didn’t have to, however.
While Jones’ statistic isn’t too impressive, he’s usable, and that’s all you can ask for from a rookie QB in the NFL. It will continue to grow. However, he will have to eliminate strange pieces like this:
But Jones is still doing something other rookie QBs don’t: balance. Jones looks like a veteran under center, and while much of the Patriots’ offense relies on short throws and midfield, Jones still executes the offense effectively and efficiently and has guided the Patriots. towards their first win of the season – and probably the first of many for the Belichick-Jones tandem.
Justin Fields: C +
Statistics: 6/13, 60 yards, one interception
Next: among browns
Fields got his first in-depth look at NFL action after Andy Dalton got injured, and you can see why people think he should start. You can also see why the Bears weren’t in a rush for him to start.
Fields had 6 of 13 passes for 60 yards and a late interception that kept the Chicagoans from holding their breath. Fields also used his legs, something Dalton was probably looking aside longingly.
To be fair to Fields, he also suffered a few falls, including a crash by Allen Robinson in the end zone that cost him his first touchdown pass in the NFL. Expect the Fields era to begin next weekend against the Browns.
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Trevor Lawrence: D
Statistics: 14/33, 118 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions
Next: against the cardinals
Lawrence will continue to get his shots as the No. 1 overall pick, although early returns have sort of been eh the best.
After a mercurial start in a loss, Lawrence had a tough job in Week 2 against a very tough defense from the Broncos. It went as well as expected: Lawrence had 14 of 33 passes for 118 yards, one very, very early touchdown and two interceptions in the 23-13 L.
The Broncos’ defense is among the best in the NFL and is led by head coach Vic Fangio, so it wasn’t exactly a good game after Lawrence’s debut. Yet it is early in Lawrence’s career to sound the alarm bells.
Davis Mills: D
Statistics: 08/18, 102 yards, one touchdown, one interception, a really weird graph
No one is likely expecting much from the third round pick, and Sunday’s game showed you why.
Mills took over from an injured Tyrod Taylor, and his first practice resulted in an interception. He would also lead the Texans onto the field on a 63-yard touchdown, his only score of the day.
Mills is going to need some work if he’s a future passer for Houston – no one really expects that – so expect more performances like Sunday’s in the future.
Zach Wilson: F
Statistics: 19/33, 210 yards, no touchdowns, four interceptions
Next: in denver
F in Zach Wilson’s chat on Sunday.
Wilson gets an F for a terrible performance against the Patriots’ defense on Sunday: he threw four picks in the 25-6 loss to home fans.
Of course, not all INTs are the same: Wilson’s first turnover was a bad read and a bad pitch, while his second was the product of a tough pitch and a slippery ball in the hands of Corey Davis. The other two were bad, however, so there’s more defense there.
Wilson threw just three interceptions in his last season at BYU and he has five in the first two games of his NFL career. A tough outing against Belichick and the Patriots was almost expected, as Belichick chews up rookie QBs fairly regularly.
Luckily for Wilson and the Jets in general: the running game was excellent Sunday (150 yards rushing), the offensive line was way better than their performance in Week 1. The way Wilson will rebound next week, against a very strong defense. hard Denver, is extremely intriguing.
Trey Lance: Incomplete
Statistics: N / A
Put it on a milk carton, since Trey Lance was nowhere to be found in week 2.
Lance’s hour is coming, and after a little audition last week, it was the last move he would take, he was on the bench in Sunday’s clash against the Eagles.
Jimmy Garoppolo’s performance in Week 2 wasn’t exactly inspiring (22/30, 189 yards, one touchdown), but it got the job done against a tough Philly front in the Niners’ 17-11 win over the Eagles. Expect more of the same as San Francisco finds out exactly how to implement the spear more as the season progresses.