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Grading NFL’s next generation of quarterbacks in Week 2: Trevor Lawrence has clean game, other young QBs flop

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Trevor Lawrence didn’t showcase his amazing hand talent, pocket confidence and high athleticism in the Jaguars’ victory over the Colts in Week 2, and that’s completely normal. In fact, I was expecting a clean, game manager-like effort from the 2021 #1 overall pick.

Considering Trey Lance’s injury, a total of four quarterbacks drafted in the last two classes of the NFL Draft – all from 2021 – had significant playing time during a wholly unmanageable week 2.

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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. It took at least 10 attempts to qualify for this feature, which will be posted every Tuesday during the NFL season.

Trevor Lawrence

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Trevor Lawrence

SAC • QB • 16
CPM%68.1
yards510
TD3
INTone
Yard/Att7.08
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High caliber shots:

  • Rolling left and right before he got to the touchline, Lawrence squared his shoulders and found Christian Kirk with a 26-yard lead.
  • Late in the second round, Lawrence sent a great basket pass to Jamal Agnew from tight cover, but the jump catch failed.

Small caliber shots:

  • On his second possession, Lawrence made a late outfield shot that should have been intercepted.
  • At the start of the third, he missed an intermediate stick route, which Stephon Gilmour cleared easily but lost a pass.

Summary: This is the shortest list of high and low caliber shots I have ever written for Lawrence in his entire NFL career. And, in fact, it’s good. Too often in 2021, Lawrence missed easy shots and hit the ball. Against the Colts, Lawrence, with a big advantage, proved he was able to take what the defense clearly gave him and throw the ball in time with quality accuracy. Was he amazing? No. He was bad. Nope. The game suggested that Lawrence didn’t have much to do and was casual about football for the most part.

Grade: C+
Seasonal rating: C-

Mac Jones

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Mac Jones

MW • HF • 10
CPM%70.0
yards213
TDone
INTone
Yard/Att7.1

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High caliber shots:

  • On the 3rd and 26th in the second quarter, Jones threw with good timing and placement on a vertical route between the numbers and the grid, which went 20-plus yards.
  • After nearly making an interception, Jones responded with a great position in a deep over which was dropped.
  • In the fourth, he inserted one into Jacobi Meyers on a breaker against an airtight cover.

Small caliber shots:

  • In the middle of the first quarter, Jones fell far behind (inside) on a blistering run to Hunter Henry that turned out to be unfinished.
  • Jones’ interception sent the ball deep at the seams, which gave Minka Fitzpatrick enough time to get to the target and take the ball away.
  • It’s rare, but Jones’ touchdown late in the second half against Nelson Agolor was actually a flounder and could have been intercepted, or at least smashed. Instead, Agolor snatched the ball from Akello Witherspoon and scored.
  • At the beginning of the third, fading away, Jones knocked over an open Kendrick Bourne in the center.
  • From a clean pocket, a pass to Meyers took the young receiver out of bounds.
  • Jones was forced to shift to the left and attempted to shoot against his momentum, but sent the ball straight into the arms of Steelers defenseman Cameron Sutton, who dropped the pass.
  • He threw wide behind DeVante Parker on an attempted back shoulder strike in the fourth quarter.

Summary: The Patriots won in Week 2 despite Jones’ efforts. He threw the ball into risky scenarios for most of the day, and with the exception of a small string of shots into a narrow window at mid-level, Jones really only checked the football and found wide-open goals underneath.

Grade: D+
Seasonal class: D+

Justin Fields

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Justin Fields

CHI • QB • 1
CPM%53.6
yards191
TD2
INT2
Yard/Att6.82

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High caliber shots/games:

  • Fields’ first shot of the game was good, passing with anticipation when hitting Equanimaeus St. Brown for 30 yards on a kickback down the left touchline.

Small-caliber shots/games:

  • He took a bad bag in the first quarter, when the pocket was shrinking, he opened David Montgomery in the apartment, but decided to tuck it in and try to escape.
  • Fields again held the ball for too long when receivers were open and received another disastrous hit.
  • In the second half, there was a significant loss with a long pass to Darnell Mooney.
  • He missed the slope in the fourth quarter, which turned out to be incomplete.
  • Fields ended the evening with a late touch on a long throw that was cut and intercepted by Jare Alexander.

Summary: Fields is going through what I call a “young QB Shellshock”. He’s so worried about pressure that he just can’t quickly process route concepts and how they work across different surfaces. This results in him constantly holding the ball and taking too many hits. His athleticism helped him out at times, but overall it was a game in which the young quarterback was significantly overwhelmed.

Grade: F
Seasonal class: D+

Davis Mills

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Davis Mills

HOW • QB • 10
CPM%62.2
yards240
TD2
INT0
Yard/Att6.49

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High caliber shots:

  • In the fourth, Mills threw into the depth with perfect timing and accuracy, which went to 29…



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