NFL

25 Signs Of Disaster From 2021’s NFL Rookie QB Class

Darren - October 4, 2021
NFL

25 Signs Of Disaster From 2021’s NFL Rookie QB Class

Darren - October 4, 2021
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2. Lack Of Protection

As well as protecting their quarterbacks, offensive lines also enable their playmakers to get their passes away. If signal-callers don’t have the freedom of the field, they’re more likely to make poor decisions. Most of 2021’s class of rookie stars don’t have the luxury of a strong offensive line. That’s why their only choice at times is to pass and pray that it finds it reaches its mark.

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Quarterbacks like Lawrence or Wilson can only do so much with a weak offensive line. Remember how Peyton Manning went 3-13 in his rookie season? (via USA Today). His career turned out to be quite decent but he also struggled in the beginning. Without a decent offensive line, fans will only see flashes of these QBs’ abilities. Their franchises have to fix them or they’ll never produce consistently.

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1. Too Much Too Soon

The reality is that it is too much too soon for most of these young quarterbacks. These days a lot of coaches agree that it’s a good idea to redshirt their starlets before throwing them into the deep end. Even Patrick Mahomes sat behind Alex Smith for a season (via The Ringer). As the NFL continues to evolve, perhaps teams should consider following this model. To be fair, the Niners and the Bears are trying to do this.

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Meanwhile, Chicago resisted their fans’ demands to start Fields. However, Andy Dalton’s injury took that choice away. Finally, the Jets, the Jags, and the Patriots dropped their rookies in the middle of a battlefield. Mac Jones has some chance because Bill Belichick has a plan. But it’s difficult not to pity Wilson and Lawrence. Lance is the only one from his class without this weight on his shoulders – and he too now has it all of the sudden.

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