Which NFL Rookie QB Had the Most Impressive Start to the Preseason?

Published 08/15/2021, 1:02 PM EDT
May 15, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) attempts a pass during rookie mini camp at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


This year’s quarterback class is touted to possess multiple future stars. The likes of Trevor Lawrence (#1 overall pick to Jacksonville Jaguars), Zach Wilson (#2 overall to New York Jets), Trey Lance (#3 overall to San Francisco 49ers), Justin Fields (#11 overall to Chicago Bears) and Mac Jones (#15 overall to New England Patriots) are all being labelled as generational gems.

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May 15, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) calls a play in the huddle during rookie mini camp at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Each young quarterback was brought into their respective franchises in order to strengthen in a specific area. Lawrence is expected to lead the Jaguars back to the playoffs. And Fields is being tipped as the quarterback to break the ‘quarterback jinx’ in Chicago.

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But based on the performances in the first week of the preseason, which young starlet has the potential to achieve greatness over the course of the 2021 NFL campaign?

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Twitter user @Jthayne007 took the time out to compile the stats from all the rookie quarterbacks (and Jordan Love) who were handed their preseason debuts earlier this week. When you look at the numbers, Chicago Bears starlet Justin Fields comes out on top followed by Green Bay’s Jordan Love and the Niners’ Trey Lance.

While Fields and Lance were picked in the 2021 NFL Draft, Love arrived in Wisconsin in 2020. He played second fiddle to regular-season MVP, Aaron Rodgers, last year as they lost in the NFC Championship Game to eventual Super Bowl winners, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It’s no surprise that Jordan is getting some time in the middle, especially considering the contract standoff between Green Bay and Rodgers. But Justin Fields was the youngster that stood out in Week 1 of the preseason.

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The former Ohio State Buckeyes man displayed plenty of positives as the Bears beat Miami Dolphins on home soil. His willingness to throw and determination to make a play from nothing is a trait that coach Nagy will look to capitalize on in 2021.

Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) celebrates after a touchdown pass against the Clemson Tigers during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the presence of experienced veteran Andy Dalton on the roster, Fields is more or less expected to secure the starting berth in Chicago. Meanwhile, #1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence did not get enough time to make a mark as the Jaguars lost to Cleveland Browns.

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However, 2020 CFP National Championship winner Mac Jones played for a little more than 2 quarters in the 22-13 win over Washington Football Team.

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Daniel Arambur

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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