NFL Rookie QB’s: Battle for the Field
The Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings all drafted quarterbacks in the first round this year, but will the NFL Rookie QB’s even see the field this season?
The Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings, all drafted quarterbacks in the first round this year: Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, and Teddy Bridgewater. However, their respective head coaches insist they’re not planning to make them starters right away.
The general fear is that playing a young quarterback too early may place his overall mental state at risk if he struggles but if Bortles, Manziel or Bridgewater can’t handle the imminent pressure of being a starting quarterback and can’t learn from their mistakes throughout the season, then they shouldn’t have been first-round picks to begin with.
New York Giants quarterback, Eli Manning, told ESPN commentator Dan Graziano:
“I think it just depends on whether you’re ready or not…There’s some value in sitting and watching and learning from a veteran, seeing how they prepare, seeing how they play, just getting a feel for the offense, what defenses do and the complexity of what’s going on.”
Below is a video taken from ESPN explaining the potential of all three rookies as seen by their coaching staff: