Rookie class on the board! Two freshman quarterbacks were forced onto the field in Week 4: Bailey Zappe made the Patriots look lighter after Brian Hoyer was eliminated against the Packers, and Kenny Pickett replaced Mitch Trubisky on the bench against ” Steelers.” Jets.
Speaking of Gang Green, Zach Wilson debuted in 2022 and he really held his own on the Pittsburgh tour.
A total of six quarterbacks selected in the last two classes of the NFL Draft – all from 2021 – had significant playing time during Week 4.
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.
High caliber shots:
- In the fourth, Lawrence rushed with great anticipation down a mid-level breakout route that gave Christian Kirk a 15-yard lead.
Small caliber shots:
- Lawrence’s second shot of the game was much smaller than Kirk in the flat and was not completed.
- Not a blatant miss, but Lawrence had Agnew for a first-half touchdown on a long ball that was dropped a yard or two.
- In the second quarter, Lawrence groped for the ball, scrambling. Not a single defender hit him. Just dropped the ball.
- Lawrence’s interception in the third quarter came on a late shot from deep in the field.
Summary: Lawrence struggled in the rain, on the road, against the Eagles’ quality defense. There is no way around this. Some of Jacksonville’s longer offensive plays came with wide-open shots, such as Kirk’s long finish at the end of the game.
Seasonal rating: C
High caliber shots/games:
- Fields’ first shot of the game was a midfield rocket shot through a closing window.
- The long pass to Darnell Mooney for 56 yards was great. Perfect placement and a stunning illustration of Fields’ arm strength.
- In the second, Fields charged with anticipation and impressive speed down the long route to Muni.
- At the beginning of the second, he missed badly on a light throw into the flat. The ball was thrown too high and did not fall completely.
- While in the red zone in the third quarter, Fields misfired from an incomplete shot across the field. His purpose was revealed.
- In the third, Fields freed a clean pocket by putting pressure on himself before dropping it.
Summary: The Bears won in Week 3 despite Fields’ shots. It was pretty ugly. As usual, he fiddled with his feet, but still doesn’t make quick decisions, and his accuracy doesn’t improve.
Seasonal class: D+
High caliber shots:
- Mills, with good foresight and accuracy, threw a long throw between the hashmark and the numbers at O.J. Howard with a 22-yard lead.
- In the fourth, Mills couldn’t walk down the field and pass the ball more accurately into Nico Collins’ hands on a 58-yard ball.
- In the next game, Mills hit a fastball between “1” and “3” in Brandin Cooks’ jersey, landing under tight cover.
- While I basically pass him for his interception because he was hit when he shot, Mills made a bad decision trying to get the ball out of such a dirty pocket. He swam far above his intended target.
- In the second, Mills ripped open the tall heater above Nico Collins’ head, dropping the numbers. It’s not easy to do this.
- Down 10 in the fourth, Mills was late and too far from the inside on a long shot across the field to the sideline.
- Retiring late from the pressure, Mills took the prayer to center field and was selected by Bryce Callahan.
Summary: It wasn’t very pretty for most of that competition, but a few shots from Mills got the Texans back in the game late. These minimal big shots were encouraging; the rest of his performance was not. He needs to play with more resilience to level up his class.
Seasonal rating: C-
High caliber shots:
- Pickett’s first finish was impressive, rolling to the left with a quarterback in front of him, he was able to accurately throw Pat Freiermuth for 14 yards.
- In the third quarter, Pickett pitched a perfect over-the-shoulder shot across the left touchline to George Pickens.
- After hitting the center early in the fourth quarter, Pickett passed the ball to Freiermuth on the seam for a significant win.
- While not the worst pass I’ve seen, Pickett’s first throw in the NFL, a deep ball to Chase Claypool was forever in the air, caught and intercepted.
- His second interception came after he backed into the pocket and sent the ball into the flat. Too late. It should have been just one time use.
Summary: Pretty much as expected of a rookie who’s been called up to his first NFL outing…