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Grading NFL’s next generation of quarterbacks in Week 4: Jets’ Zach Wilson solid against Steelers in return

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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.

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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.

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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.

Trevor Lawrence

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Trevor Lawrence

SAC • QB • 16
CPM%69.4
yards772
TD6
INTone
Yard/Att6.95

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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.

Grade: D+
Seasonal rating: C

Justin Fields

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Justin Fields

CHI • QB • 1
CPM%51.1
yards297
TD2
INTfour
Yard/Att6.6

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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.

Small-caliber shots/games:

  • 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.

Grade: D+
Seasonal class: D+

Davis Mills

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Davis Mills

HOW • QB • 10
CPM%57.9
yards662
TD3
INT2
Yard/Att6.19

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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.

Small-caliber shots/games:

  • 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.

Grade: FROM-
Seasonal rating: C-

Kenny Pickett

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Kenny Pickett

Pete • QB • 8
CPM%76.9
yards120
TD0
INT3
Yard/Att9.23

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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.

Small-caliber shots/games:

  • 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…



Source: www.cbssports.com

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