Rookie snap counts are increasing around the NFL, and while it’s great for evaluation purposes, it’s not always a good thing for the respective franchises, as I’m sure Chicago Bears fans can attest after Sunday.
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KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM NFL WEEK 3
A Brutal Week for Rookie Quarterbacks
Five rookie signal-callers started this week, and all five lost. The rookie quarterback class has only one win in games they’ve started and one cover against the spread. And those only came because Mac Jones faced off against Zach Wilson. So far, Jones is the only rookie QB with an overall grade above 60.0 (72.2).
OL Thrust into Action
Nearly half of the NFL had rookies playing meaningful snaps along their offensive line this past weekend. Eighteen different rookie offensive linemen saw at least 25 snaps in Week 3, as the Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers, and Pittsburgh Steelers are still rolling with multiple rookie starters. Guard Ben Cleveland, who rotated in for the Ravens and earned a 77.4 overall grade, recorded the highest grade of the bunch.