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Grading NFL’s next generation of quarterbacks in Week 13: Brock Purdy thrives, Mac Jones flops

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Brock Purdy played a lot like Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 13, helping the 49ers beat the Dolphins in San Francisco. It was one fucking performance from the rookie of the seventh round.

And after his highest-scoring performance of the season against the Vikings on Thanksgiving, McJones had a terrible time playing for the Bills on Thursday night football.

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We only had five quarterbacks selected in the last two classes of the NFL Draft who had significant playing time during Week 13.

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Let’s dive into each quarterback’s individual efforts and assign him a score for each snap, taking into account every single aspect of their performance. Published every Tuesday during the NFL season, a minimum of 10 attempts are required to qualify for this feature.

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Mac Jones

MW • HF • #10
CPM%69.2
yards1768
TD6
INT7
Yard/Att7.56

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High caliber shots:

  • In trash time, Jones sent the ball into a narrow window near the goal line to DeVante Parker, but it ended up between two of Bill’s defenders and was taken down.

Small caliber shots:

  • In the third, after eluding pressure, Jones missed a grappling drill to Hunter Henry and his shot was intercepted by Jordan Poyer. Watching the replay changed the decision to an incomplete one because the ball moved in the defender’s hands as soon as it touched the ground, but it was a shoddy decision and a shot by Jones.
  • In the fourth, he threw far behind and low on the Taikuan Thornton dig. The ball fell incomplete.
  • He later beat Marcus Jones on a deep pass.
  • With less than five minutes left, Jones misfired on a fast run to Ramondra Stevenson.
  • His last shot of the game was a shot attempt after manoeuvring insanely to get out of the pocket, but he was almost caught by the touchline.

Summary: Jones was completely overwhelmed by the Bills’ quality defense at home in prime time. The only reason he doesn’t get an “F” is because some of the softness and talkative passing vibe comes from those who call the play. It was a terrible performance from a sophomore QB.

Grade: D
Seasonal rating: C-

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Trevor Lawrence

JAC•QB•#16
CPM%66.5
yards2655
TD16
INT6
Yard/Att6.9

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High caliber shots:

  • Lawrence’s first throw of the day was ten cents below Christian Kirk.
  • In the second, he made a shot to Evan Angram at an intermediate level, which was perfectly placed, but knocked out of the hands of a tight end at the last second.
  • At the end of the second, he eagerly laid out a 17-yard excavation route.
  • Lawrence threw with perfect timing and accuracy on a breakout route through the surface layer in the third.

Small caliber shots:

  • In the third, he forced a shot down the right touchline that was too high for the intended target.
  • He missed Kirk in the endzone on a long sharp throw in the third.

Summary: It was a soft performance by Lawrence with a huge loss. There weren’t really big shots everywhere, but there weren’t that many misses either. Doug Pedersen’s planned quick play proved very ineffective against the Lions.

Grade: B-
Seasonal class: C+

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Kenny Pickett

Pete • QB • #8
CPM%66.0
yards1600
TD3
INTeight
Yard/Att6.04

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High caliber shots/games:

  • At the start of the game, Pickett looked to the left, then quickly scanned the entire field and threw a dart to Pat Freiermuth through tight cover.
  • On the same road, he stabbed Stephen Sims along the vertical route between the hash and the numbers.
  • In the second, he squeezed a shot into Freiermouth between two middle-level defenders.

Small-caliber shots/games:

  • In the middle of the first he missed, returning to George Pickens.
  • On his next throw, he missed the excavation route to Freiermouth.
  • In the third, Pickett beat Dionte Johnson in the end zone, causing a pass to break.

Summary: After the B- performance in week 12, Pickett again performed well, albeit against a weak defense. There were only a handful of misses and a few examples of a next-level quarterback from a rookie.

Grade: B
Seasonal rating: C

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Brock Purdy

SF•QB•#14
CPM%63.0
yards276
TD2
INT2
Yard/Att6

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High caliber shots/games:

  • In the second, he quickly dodged a free rusher and completed a sideline pass on the move.
  • At the end of the second round, Purdy made an incredible throw through the center to George Kittle on 3rd down right before he was crushed by an outside blitzer.
  • Before the half, he squeezed a shot at Christian McCaffrey in the end zone between numerous defenders, but the ball was lost.
  • In the third, he tore through Samuel’s fastball from a tight cover.
  • At the start of the fourth, Purdy reached the second reading and threw Samuel between two defenders with great speed and accuracy.

Small-caliber shots/games:

  • In the first quarter, he was late for a deep run to Deebo Samuel and the ball didn’t have much speed. He was shot down.
  • Purdy set up an intercept while he was forcing a vertical route to



Source: www.cbssports.com

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