Home Cheap jerseys 2021 NFL Rookie QB Rankings: Trey Lance is the only first-round player to achieve a passing score for Week 3

2021 NFL Rookie QB Rankings: Trey Lance is the only first-round player to achieve a passing score for Week 3



Week 3 of the 2021 NFL season is officially on the books, and this year’s five first-round quarterbacks saw the field earlier this year, albeit in different titles. That means it’s time to take stock of the best rookie flaggers. Who improved its value after the third week of play? Who looks a little more fragile, with 14 more to go?

We’re glad you asked. Here’s how we would rate each of this year’s top freshman QBs based on their performance at Week 3:

Statistics: 22 out of 34 (64.7%), 219 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 68.1 note

Those numbers – bad in themselves – don’t include two lost fumbles, which gave Lawrence four turnovers in what started out as a winnable game against Arizona. It seems every conversation about the No.1 pick has to be preceded by a reminder that Jacksonville is rebuilding itself, and Lawrence showed a real NFL touch in his lone touchdown pass to Marvin Jones. But this Week 3 release in itself was more worrying than promising. The Clemson product still looks pretty frantic, which is understandable but not a current winning formula.

Statistics: 19 of 35 (54.3%), 160 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT, note 42.6

Let’s start with this: The Jets are doing him absolutely no favors. As Sam Darnold sails past New York, Gang Green is busy undermining another young QB with shoddy protection and game planning. And yet, Wilson does not help matters. His natural athleticism is still apparent, but he holds the ball for far too long and then goes straight into big plays for the opponent. Recklessness can work if the rest of the offense clicks, but it doesn’t here, leaving it as a turnover waiting to happen.

Statistics: 1 rush, 1 yard, 1 TD

It’s kind of a cheap “A” considering Lance saw all three snaps in the 49ers’ close loss to the Packers. But that’s his role with San Francisco right now: red zone runner. There is certainly an argument to be made that his athleticism would extend the 49ers’ offense under center, where some fans are eager to ride upside down on Jimmy Garoppolo’s safe, albeit unspectacular, CV. As a purely situational player, however, he does his job on the keys down.

Statistics: 30 of 51 (58.8%), 270 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT, 55.2 note

Jones has easily been the most impressive of the top QB picks this year, but Week 3 was a big reality check. Early on against the Saints, the Patriots decided to put together all kinds of deep shots for a guy who thrived more as a short range decider, and the results weren’t pretty. The fault is probably more on New England than on Jones, who still had sharp darts, but if we’re going to accost Lawrence and Wilson for their bad situations, we have to do the same here. Not a good week for the rookies.

Statistics: 6 out of 20 (30%), 68 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 41.2 note

The only reason it’s not worse is that the Bears clearly didn’t help the rookie up front, on the sidelines, or on the sidelines in what was already a tough clash with the Browns’ defense. But let’s not soften things up either: Fields was dazed and confused from the jump, and it’s the same dysfunctional offense in which Andy Dalton amassed at least a few points against the Rams and Bengals. His legs, often touted as a big reason for Dalton’s pivot, were not a factor. Does he deserve better? Yes. Was he good? No.

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