PFF Releases Preseason Debut Grades For Rookie Quarterbacks

Debut grades for rookie quarterbacks are here. The New England Patriots had their rookie on the field in the first preseason game. Mac Jones saw action in the contest against the Washington Football Team. His performance was great and yes, he really looks like someone who can take the lead in the upcoming season.

The New England Patriots selected Jones in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He was one of the best prospects in the class and head coach Bill Belichick really thought that he could be part of the team. It seems like Jones can be the quarterback of the future and PFF’s latest rating says it all.

In the last few days, each of the five rookie signal-callers that were drafted in the first round saw action in the preseason debut. It was a mixed bag of performances and all of the players showed signs of success.

Exciting debut grades for rookie quarterbacks

All five of the first-round selections have taken their final tests in the NFL. Pro Football Focus graded quarterbacks and here are the final results, courtesy of Michael Nania.

  1. Zach Wilson – 80.3
  2. Mac Jones – 79.5
  3. Justin Fields – 58.7, Trevor Lawrence – 58.7
  4. Trey Lance – 48.8

Wilson took the top spot after playing in just two series for the New York Jets on Saturday night in the game against the Giants. The rookie completed 6-of-9 passes for 63 yards and led his team to a field goal in the first possession under center. He was really comfortable with the big role.

Jones is second with just eight tenths of a point behind Wilson. The Patriots rookie got a lot of run in Game 1 of the preseason. He threw 19 times against Washington and completed 13 of these passes for 87 yards. Jones led the Patriots to two field goals in his five series under center.

Belichick did a good job to select Jones, and NFL experts have great expectations for the 15th overall pick. Cam Newton likes his younger teammate and he really appreciates his potential. The rookie is really amazing on the field.