NFL Training Camp is officially underway as the countdown to week one winds down. In the next few months we will start to get an idea on what team’s are going to look like come September with position battles and development being strong factors in how these things are decided. I want to focus on the three first round quarterback’s that were selected and who may see at least some playing time in their rookie season.
Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
Taken with the first overall selection, Kyler Murray hopes to be the future of the Arizona Cardinals offense with first time NFL head coach Kliff Kingsbury calling the plays. Already dubbed the starting QB this season, he is surrounded by young receivers as well as the legend Larry Fitzgerald. Murray has more than enough pass catchers to rely on as well as his incredible scrambling ability. The Cardinals offensive line is still extremely suspect. Not much was done to improve it during the off-season after giving up a league high 52 sacks last year.
A bad offensive line will cripple a young QB’s confidence. We all saw it with Josh Rosen last year. I do think his scrambling ability will save him from a handful of pressures and he will make explosive plays. Still though, his situation is too much for a realistic playoff run.
Daniel Jones, New York Giants
Taken with the sixth overall selection, Daniel Jones from Duke made plenty of fans and analysts alike shake their heads and face-palm. There’s no going back though, GM Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur have put their faith into Jones to be the eventual successor of two time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.
I don’t see Jones getting a lot of game time in his rookie season. The Giants just aren’t in a competitive state so they’ll probably sit on him until late in the year to see what he has at a real NFL level. Though he will get plenty of touches in the pre-season. We’ll have to take a rain-check on his starter ability until future notice. Though an important thing to note, Offensive Coordinator Don Shula says “Jones could start week one if needed”, so maybe I am wrong.
Dwayne Haskins, Washington Redskins
Dwayne Haskins was the final QB taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. After Alex Smith broke his leg last year and is likely out for another season, the Washington Redskins traded for Case Keenum from the Broncos and used their first round selection to grab Haskins from Ohio State. The Redskins aren’t in a huge rush to make Haskins the starter, though his competition for the job isn’t exactly the most difficult. Keenum hasn’t been consistent except for the one year with the Minnesota Vikings. He’s been a travelman and could be a great mentor to Haskins.
If I were to give an estimate on when we could see him. I’d guess week six at Miami. Their first five weeks are ROUGH (@ PHI, VS DAL, VS CHI, @ NYG VS NE) and they could easily go win-less or 1-4. If that’s the case I think we could see Washington pull the trigger and attempt to salvage an almost lost cause of a season, for the sake of seeing what they have in Haskins.
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