Rookie Quarterbacks: Start or Sit?

By: Ryan Cooley

There were three QBs taken in the first round of the draft. We are nearing the start of the regular season, and the debates begin about which rookie QBs should start. Some people believe throwing a rookie in the fire is the best method, while some say that sitting them for their whole first season is the smarter decision.

I believe that each QB is different, and many factors play into whether or not they should start or sit. In this list, I go over the three first-round QBs and say if they should start or sit come week one.

Kyler Murray: Start

(Pic Credit: Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws a pass during training camp at State Farm Stadium July 28, 2019. (Photo: Michael Chow/The Republic)

To no one’s surprise, Murray was selected first overall. The next day, Josh Rosen was shipped to Miami. We haven’t seen a whole lot of Murray so far. He looked incredibly accurate in his first preseason game, but not so much in his second.

Kyler doesn’t need to sit because their offense will look much like a college offense in which Murray is already accustomed to. Playing will be Murray’s most beneficial way to learn.

Besides that, the Cardinals do not have a bridge QB to get them through the year. The QB behind Murray is Brett Hundley, and he is not a starting QB.

 Daniel Jones: Start

(Pic Credit: Noah K Murray/USA Today Sports)

I believe Jones should start, but will probably end up being the last of these three to do so. GM Gettleman has expressed numerous times that Eli is the starter. It seems as if he wants Jones to sit this entire year.

Based on what Jones has looked like in his first two pre-season performances, I think he should start come week one. He has by far been the best QB out of these three. Jones has been making NFL caliber throws in both of his performances. He did fumble twice in the second game, but ball security can be fixed with time.

In some cases, rookie QBs get off to a slow start which affects them mentally. DeShone Kizer is the best example of this. Fans and media have not been kind to Jones since being taken with the 6th overall pick.

Even after the immense amount of criticism, Jones has performed exceptionally well in his first two games. This shows me that he is mentally tough and can push through, even if he gets off to a bad start.

I believe the Giants would be much more successful starting Jones rather than Eli this season.

Dwayne Haskins: Sit

Dwayne Haskins celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass against the Bengals. (Photo: Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports)

Redskins fans seem split on whether or not Haskins should be under center come week one. Through the first two games of the preseason, Haskins has shown flashes of his potential. He has also shown us typical rookie mistakes and growing pains.

Many fans are impatient and want Haskins to start. I cannot blame them since the last time they have seen a rookie QB was in 2012 with RG3. This is an organization desperate for a spark of energy, one that I believe Haskins can fill. However, simply put, he is not ready yet.

He has made passes that are inaccurate and decisions you would expect from a rookie. I think sitting Haskins and letting him learn the playbook and develop would benefit him greatly.

He spent his first year in college on the bench and then threw for 50 TDs the next year. If you want a guy to be your franchise QB, you need to have patience.

Ryan Cooley
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Ryan is currently a communications major at the College of Southern Maryland. He is one of the biggest football fans you will ever meet. His favorite teams are the New England Patriots and Washington Redskins. Outside of the Patriots, he is just a fan of D.C. teams (Wizards, Caps, Nats).

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