Aug 10, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) attempts to pass against Atlanta Falcons during second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
When considering the performances of the five rookie quarterbacks in Week 1 of the NFL preseason, it’s been consistently reported that both Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield played well. Beyond that? Well, consensus begins to break down and validity appears to be more a function of personal bias than any definitive standard.
Choosing the benchmark on which you judge, as you may expect, creates different results so let’s consider five different metrics and rank the quarterbacks in each.
We think this is the grand-daddy of them all as it considers every variable that matters. Over the course of time, PFF grades have served us well, not only in describing what took place but also when it comes to predicting what will happen going forward. As you may expect, it gets better with bigger sample sizes, but we’ll go for now with what we have.
This is pretty much as you’d expect with the possible exception of Josh Rosen. I think he has been given something of a pass because of the issues with low snaps and pressure. While it’s important to consider these factors, the bottom line is, he offset the two nice throws he did make with twice as many negative grades.
PFF Grade when kept clean
As our analytics team keep telling us, this is perhaps the biggest predictor of success going forward. All the great quarterbacks generally make hay when the sun shines.