Let’s see what the three first-round rookie quarterbacks are up to
Ahhh, Kyler Murray. One of the most polarizing dudes in the draft that ended up going number one overall. Nobody questioned his talent, but his size and love for football were big question marks. The Cardinals started the season 0-3-1, but Murray was not the problem. Many saw the record and just assumed he was playing poorly, which was not the case at all. Murray led a late rally to tie the Lions in game one. His next three games he played were against the Panthers, Seahawks and Ravens, all three with playoff hopes. Murray’s quick twitch and ball-placement abilities would pop up more and more each week. Now that their schedule has softened up, Murray has the Cardinals rolling. After an efficient performance in a win in Cincinnati, Murray torched the hapless Falcons for over three hundred yards and three touchdowns. The Murray led the Cards in the Meadowlands and took down the G-men in New York. It seems each week Murray looks more comfortable in Kliff Kingsbury’s ‘air raid’ offense and is one of the front runners for rookie of the year.
Okay, so imagine Baker Mayfield with all his trash-talking, swag and moxie. Now imagine the exact opposite of Baker Mayfield. Ta-da, you now have Daniel Jones. Danny dimes took over for Eli Manning in week three, and although he’s been up and down, he has shown enough to give Giants fans a glimmer of hope for the future. When the Giants took Jones at sixth overall in April’s draft, they were mocked, ridiculed and laughed at. Guess who didn’t care? Your boy Danny dimes. Jone has navigated the Giants to two wins on the year, one a dramatic comeback in Tampa Bay that cemented himself as the starter. After a couple of tough matchups against the Patriots and Vikings, Jones was outplayed by the aforementioned Murray in week six. His recent struggles should not be something to worry about, however. Jones has been without Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard at one point or another. If the Giant’s main pieces can stay healthy for a few weeks in a row, look for Jones to get in a rhythm and start making his doubters eat their words once again.
Dwayne Haskins Jr.
So… Dwayne Haskins is not ready. This has been made very clear by the Redskins coaches since he first arrived in Washington. His little game action thus far in the season has confirmed that. In what seemed like a last-ditch effort to save his job (spoiler alert: it didn’t work), Jay Gruden threw Haskins into the Redskins week-three loss to the Giants. Haskins went 9-17 and threw three passes to the team with different colored jerseys. Haskins was then sent back to the bench until the Redskins’ Thursday night tote with the Vikings. The Ohio State product played the second half after Case Keenum went down with a concussion. Haskins was not asked to do much, throwing one pick on his only downfield pass and leading the Redskins to just three points in the second half. It’s clear Haskins is a project that is not ready to come in and effectively operate an offense. Barring an injury, expect Haskins to remain on the bench until further notice.