Rookie Quarterback Watch

Jaguars signal caller Blake Bortles was the first quarterback selected in the 2014 NFL Draft. We compare his debut to some of the other rookies from this year's draft class.

Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell surprised many when he selected UCF quarterback Blake Bortles with the third-overall pick in the 2014 draft. Some had Bortles falling out of the first round entirely and many differed on whether he was 1, 2 or 3 among draftable quarterbacks. Still, Caldwell stuck to his scouting and beliefs and Bortles is the future of the franchise.

"Well, Dave was extremely high on Bortles, and he was a player I tracked all year statistically," Jaguars VP Tony Khan said to Doug Farrar in Sports Illustrated. "As the season went on, he continued to show up at the top of a lot of the lists I consider to be important statistically for projecting college players to the pros. After the season ended, and through the draft evaluation process, he continued to show up as a quarterback who did a lot of things very well. Without just looking at the draft class -- in looking at the entire NCAA, Blake was in the top 10 in the country -- the 96th percentile in the nation in yards per attempt, and he did extremely well under pressure. I've heard some television personalities and seen some writers saying that he doesn't perform well under pressure, when nothing could be further from the truth -- especially relative to other quarterbacks selected in this draft. He averaged 7.8 yards per attempt when under pressure, which was in the 95th percentile, and he had the best yards per attempt under pressure of any quarterback drafted in this class."

We are going to compare the top rookies each week of the preseason to let you know where Bortles stands.

Week 1



Blake Bortles- (16-10 victory over Tampa Bay)- 7-11 passing, 117 yards, 0/0. 1 run, 7 yards, 1 sack, -7 yards.

Johnny Manziel - (13-12 loss to Detroit)- 7-11 passing, 63 yards, 0/0, 6 rushes, 27 yards.

Manziel took a few big hits and it appears that he trusts his feet more than his arm at this point. He missed some open receivers in lieu of running. Most of his reads appeared to be predetermined. He looked good enough to get some snaps with the 1’s this week.

Teddy Bridgewater - (10-6 victory over Oakland)- 6-13 passing, 49 yards, 0/0, 2 sacks, -16 yards.

Bridgewater seemed rushed and out of sorts in his debut. Bridgewater was significantly outplayed by veteran Matt Cassel.

Derek Carr - (10-6 loss to Minnesota)- 10-16 passing, 74 yards, 0/1, 1 sack, 0 yards.

Carr threw the ball confidently but had a costly interception. Carr was better than starter Matt Schaub, but didn’t look quite as good as second-year player Matt McGloin.

Logan Thomas - (32-0 victory over Houston)- 11-12 passing, 113 yards, 1/0, 5 carries, 8 yards, 2 sacks, -16 yards.

Logan Thomas threw confidently and accurately against a bad Texans defense. The plan in Arizona is for Carson Palmer to start, and through one exhibition game they have to like what transpired.

Tom Savage - (32-0 loss to Arizona)- 2-3 passing, 14 yards, 0/0, 2 sacks, 16 yards.

Savage lost more yardage in sacks than he threw for. It was that type of night for the Texans. Still, with Ryan Fitzpatrick looking awful, Savage still has a real shot at winning the job, although he seems very raw.

Zach Mettenberger - (20-16 victory over Green Bay)- 4-7 passing, 87 yards, 0/1, 3 rushes, 3 yards, 1 sack, -17 yards.

Mettenberger didn’t exactly look like a starting NFL quarterback in his first game but neither did any of the other Titans signal callers. The plan is for the team to give Jake Locker at least one more year to prove himself.

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