He has just eight NFL starts to his name, so his numbers can’t be compared to other QBs on this list. Those starts were pretty ugly, though, and Johnny Football busted miserably in Cleveland. The fact that he hasn’t played a game since the 2015 season is enough for a failure stamp.
Like Bortles, Bridgewater spent the first two weeks of his career on the bench before coming in as relief in Week 3. After that, he was named starter for the rest of the season.
If the latter happens, Kentucky will have a case for the No. 1 place in these rankings, despite losing Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox and Hamidou Diallo to the draft. And if they all go, Kentucky could still begin the season among the top five teams in the country.
Don’t assume Okoronkwo will crack the starting lineup even though it’s weak. Late-round picks just don’t get shots to start in the modern NFL. Two of Longacre, Ebukam and Price are likely to play more snaps this season than Michael Brockers, who has somehow become the third man on the defensive line.
Griffin’s situation in Washington was the same as that of Luck in Indy. RGIII was drafted to be the guy, also with good reason.
You know the rest, but we’ll tell you anyway: Offensive Rookie of the Year, voted to Pro Bowl, led Redskins to the playoffs, highest passer rating ever for a rookie QB…the list of Griffin’s early accomplishments goes on. The injuries that ended Griffin’s Washington tenure don’t take away from the immediate success he saw.
Kind of. Tannehill set Dolphins rookie records for passing yards, attempts and completions. He didn’t ruin Miami’s season, but he didn’t exactly turn the franchise around, either. Years later, the jury somehow remains out on Tannehill as an NFL QB. But the beginning was rocky.
Smith had a pretty good rookie season for Jets standards, and a little improvement toward the end of the year had New York fans feeling optimistic. That wore off after Year 2, and the Jets eventually gave up on Smith and moved on.