Week 2 Report-Card Grades for Every Rookie NFL QB
Week 2 in the NFL was a good one for rookie quarterbacks, and all five of them earned high marks on their report cards after all but one struggled in their first career outings a week ago.
Better yet, three of the five young guns won in Week 2 after only one of them won last week.
It was a good day for these rookies, and I'm sure it won't be the last. Now, on to the grades, in no particular order.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson wasn't asked to do as much in Week 2 as he was in the Seattle Seahawks' first game, against the Arizona Cardinals, but what he was asked to do he did well.
Wilson threw the ball 14 fewer times in his team's home opener than he did in Week 1, and he completed 15-of-20 passes (75 percent) for 151 yards with one touchdown and zero interceptions. He also added another 28 yards on four carries, and his efficient handling of the offense worked in perfect lockstep with the team's dominant defensive performance against the Dallas Cowboys.
For Wilson and the Seahawks, less is more. As long as the defense and running game are working, Wilson will be just fine.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
Ryan Tannehill didn't have a superb game against the Oakland Raiders, but he did win his first game and only turned the ball over one time.
For the game, Tannehill completed 18-of-30 passes for 200 yards with one touchdown and zero interceptions. He also ran three times for 14 yards and one touchdown.
The best thing he had going for him was Reggie Bush, who torched the Raiders all game long, for 172 yards and two touchdowns.
Tannehill will struggle to complete a high percentage of his passes all year long, because the Miami Dolphins are lacking talent at the wide-receiver position. So far, though, he's done a good job with what he has to work with, and if Bush can continue running wild, the Dolphins could win more games than many figured.
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
It's hard to believe that Robert Griffin III was the only rookie quarterback in Week 2 to throw an interception, and the one he threw was pretty bad.
With 52 seconds left in the second quarter, RG3 threw a pass over the middle to Fred Davis, who was double covered. Cortland Finnegan easily made the pick, and the St. Louis Rams were able to kick a field goal before the half.
Still, Griffin III wasn't terrible. In fact, if not for the interception, he had a phenomenal game. He completed 20-of-29 passes for 206 yards with one touchdown and one interception and added another 82 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Turnovers are killers, though, and his turned out to be the difference in the game—Josh Morgan's stupidity aside.
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
After an atrocious, inauspicious beginning to his pro career in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles—a four-interception game with zero touchdowns—Brandon Weeden looked like a true first-round draft choice on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The only thing Weeden didn't do right was win the game.
He completed 26-of-37 passes for 322 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions, spreading the ball around to eight different receivers in the process.
If Weeden can start playing this way with consistency, it won't be long until the Cleveland Browns are contending for the AFC North crown.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Game-winning drives in the fourth quarter are what makes good quarterbacks great, and Andrew Luck has already gotten his first one out of the way.
With only 31 seconds left in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings and the score knotted up at 20-20, Luck drove his team down the field with three amazingly clutch passes to put Adam Vinatieri in position to win the game with a 53-yard field goal—which, of course, he did.
For the game, Luck completed 20-of-31 passes for 224 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
His game-winning performance was only the first of many, I'm sure. He's going to be a legend by the time his career is finished, as long as he stays healthy.
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