Comparing NFL Rookie QBs to 2nd-Year QBs: Where Do They Differ?

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Comparing NFL Rookie QBs to 2nd-Year QBs: Where Do They Differ?
Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Having five rookie quarterbacks take over starting roles this season has turned the NFL world on its axis.

The old-school theory of developing young talent by allowing them to watch and learn from the bench has given way to the philosophy of throwing them to the wolves and hoping it pays immediate dividends.

Cam Newton was the shining example of this strategy in 2011, while Blaine Gabbert helped keep skepticism alive as he struggled to adjust to the pace of an NFL contest.

How do these vastly different results compare to this year's group of rookies?

Players like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III have been drafted into the league with the immediate expectation of success.

Let's compare these fresh-faced QBs to some of their sophomore counterparts and see where the differences come from.

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