How the Rookie QBs Fared in Preseason Week 1

Posted: August 15, 2011 by admin54321 in Features, Preview

We got to see our first look at the NFL’s newest players as rookies everywhere got their chance to shine in preseason. Let’s take a look at some of the rookie quarterbacks’ performances.

Cam Newton was the number 1 overall pick in the draft and is expected to be the future face of the franchise. He completed 8 of 19 passes for 134 yards against the Giants. He certainly showed promise and made some NFL-caliber throws, but at the same type, many of his passes were erratic and inconsistent. Despite that, there is no doubt in my mind that with a little time, Newton will be a great NFL quarterback.

Jake Locker put out perhaps the best performance of all the rookie quarterbacks in his debut with the Titans. He threw 7 completions in 10 attempts for 89 yards and 1 touchdown. That 1 touchdowns was impressive too. After fumbling a snap, Locker quickly picked it up and evaded pressure and bombed it to the endzone to find his man. That play and a few others showed his skill at avoiding the pass rush.

Blaine Gabbert did not have the best outing as he debuted for the Jaguars. However, in his defense, he had to come out and play against the Patriots first team defense because David Garrard was injured. Gabbert went 9 of 16 for 85 yards. Throughout his play, Gabbert remained focused on the task at hand and handled the situation well. Considering it is the preseason, stats aren’t really important, it’s more about how the rookie plays. Gabbert seemed calm and comfortable, which is what coaches want to see in a quarterback.

Christian Ponder did not play much in his preseason debut for the Vikings. He was put in with just under 8 minutes left in the game. He was sacked three times but went 8 of 13 for 84 yards. For now the rookie is 3rd on the depth chart behind Donovan McNabb and Joe Webb but head coach Leslie Frasier said that Ponder would get to practice with the second team offense this week.

Andy Dalton did not have a good start to the game. On his very first play, Dalton threw an interception after being pressured. Afterwards though, he did go 11 of 15 for 69 yards. Despite those efforts, the Bengals did not put out a very good outing as they fell to the Lions.

Colin Kaepernick had a decent night. He went 9 for 19 with 117 yards. Perhaps the most important things about this game was that he put on a better showing than Alex Smith, who threw just 2 completions out of 7 attempts for 10 yards. For now Alex Smith is still the 49ers starter but depending on how Kaepernick plays, that could change.

Ryan Mallett was very impressive in his debut for the Patriots. While he doesn’t have any immediate chance at being a starter, you can bet that teams around the league will keep an eye on him for the next couple of years. He put on a show throwing for 164 yards and going 12 for 19. He is in a good situation with the Patriots because he gets to learn from Tom Brady. It’ll be interesting to see how he develops and where he goes when that happens.

Whether your rookie had the worst possible showing or an amazing game, don’t think too far into it. It’s only preseason week 1 and a lot can happen in the next three weeks.

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