The NFL is going to have five rookie starting rookie quarterbacks and could have 15 starters under the age of 25 if John Skelton starts for Arizona. That’s almost half of all starters in the NFL.
Welcome to the NFL, young guns!
There’s no doubt that these fifteen may endure some growing pains! Here are the 15 young guns that will get to start under center for the 2012 season:
Rookies: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis. Robert Griffin III, Washington. Russell Wilson, Seattle. Ryan Tannehill, Miami. Brandon Weeden, Cleveland.
2nd year and beyond: Cam Newton, Carolina. Blaine Gabbert, Jacksonville. Christian Ponder, Minnesota. Jake Locker, Tennessee.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati. Sam Bradford, St. Louis. Matthew Stafford, Detroit. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay. Mark Sanchez, New York Jets.
John Skelton, Arizona, if he starts.
Whose the best out of the bunch?
The four year pro, Matthew Stafford of Detroit. Stafford threw for 5,038 yards, 41 touchdowns, 16 interceptions, a 97.3 passer rating, completed 63.5% of his passes, and led his team to a playoff berth in 2011.
Cam Newton of Carolina. Newton, the 2011 rookie of the year, set rookie passing records and has Carolina talking playoffs in 2012. In 2011, Newton threw for 4,051 yards and ran for 706 yards. He had 21 passing touchdowns, 17 interceptions, completed 60% of his passes and had an 84.5 passer rating. He also ran for 14 touchdowns.
Newton broke Peyton Manning’s rookie passing record of 3,379 yards.
Russell Wilson of Seattle. Everyone thought it was Matt Flynn’s job and turns out Wilson just out shined the “vet.” Flynn had only played in two regular season games, and flourished, but Pete Carroll liked what he saw in the young Wilson. This preseason, Wilson has completed 67.3% of his passes for 464 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception. He has also rushed for 150 yards, and a touchdown. Not to shabby.
It will be fun to watch the youth movement and if these guys can create quick success for their respective teams!