Since ranking the NFL’s five rookie quarterbacks seems to be all the rage following their respective Week 1 performances, we here at Eye On Sports figured we’d weight in with our own thoughts on each first year player’s respective Week 1 performance.
Let’s start at the very with everyone’s No. 1 pick,
’s electrifying Robert Griffin III. Washington
I keep telling NFL fans that I would have undeniably taken Griffin with the No. 1 overall draft pick, if for no other reason that the fact that this young man possesses a special blend of athleticism, hard-work, respect – and intelligence – that hasn’t been seen in the league since….well, since never – and that’s no knock against anyone else.
Not only did RG3 complete a blistering 19 of 26 passes for
320 yards, two touchdowns and no
interceptions against New Orleans on Sunday, but he did it on the road in a
hostile environment that got an unfathomable boost when it was announced the
Saints’ bountygate suspensions were being lifted just prior to game time. Oh
yeah, a star was definitely born in ’s
41-21 shocker over the Saints, whether you like it or not! Washington
Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks
A lot of these Week 1 rookie quarterback ranking had Wilson third, but not me.Despite being ‘just’ six-feet tall, I really liked Russell Wilson coming out of college after seeing him throw 33 touchdown passes and just four picks while completing a staggering 72.8 percent of his passes for Wisconsin a year ago.
3. Andrew Luck
The Colts were handed a humbling 41-21 loss by
and Luck looked like a rookie in
throwing three picks. However, he did also manage to complete 23 of 45 passes
for Chicago 309 yards with one TD and that’s no small
feat against Lovie Smith’s perennially powerful defenses.
4. Ryan Tanehill
I actually think the lowly Dolphins may have a really decent player in Tannehill and he looked pretty darned solid – except for one abysmal stretch late in the second quarter.
Overall, Tannehill finished his NFL debut by going 20 of 36 for
yards with those three interceptions,
but let’s remember, he was going up against a defensive unit that ranked
second in the league under Wade Phillips a year ago.
5. Brandon Weeden
Sure, Brandon Weeden completed a pitiful 12 of 35 passes, for
yards with four interceptions, but hey’ Eagles starter Michael Vick was
almost as bad – and he’s the recipient of a $100 million dollar contract, so
clearly Weeden has time to improve. Still, he didn’t look very good against
Philly, though I remain convinced (at least, at this point) that Weeden could very
well become one of the best signal-callers out of this bunch.