2012 NFL Rookie Quarterbacks: Reviews Through Week 4

By Devin O'Barr


(Matt Kartozian/US PRESSWIRE)

Pick numbers 1, 2, and 8 were all spent on quarterbacks in this Aprils NFL draft. Now, it has been argued that rookie quarterbacks should spend more time with a headset and baseball cap on rather than a chinstrap and pads.

Nevertheless, three new quarterbacks have been called to lead there NFL teams from the get go. As the month of October is now upon us it’s only right to start evaluating these individuals and their respected teams.

Here is a look at the 2012 NFL Rookie Quarterbacks through week 4.

Andrew Luck–Indianapolis Colts

The “Next Peyton Manning” has the Colts at a 1-2 record after their bye this week.  Since suffering a loss week one to the Chicago Bears Luck has seemed to get more comfortable each week including a two touchdown game last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Already with more passing touchdowns (5) than any other rookie Luck hopes to pad that total next week at home against the Green Bay Packers.

Robert Griffin III–Washington Redskins

This time last year, football fans throughout the country were buzzing about Cam Newtons athletic ability transferring to the NFL game so wonderfully.  A year later, Griffin is creating a similar frenzy.

Without Newton’s size, RGIII has 252 rushing yards and a Washington Redskin team sitting at a respectable 2-2 record.

Perhaps the highlight of his young NFL career came this weekend when he led the Redskins on a game winning drive with only 2 minutes left to defeat Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins

While Luck and Griffin were rather “safe picks,” the Dolphins made the risky decision to take Tannehill with the 8th pick overall.

Tannehill had an answer for his critics on Sunday as he broke Dan Marino’s record of most passing yards in a single game by a rookie.  431 passing yards later and the Dolphins are still in a familiar 1-3 spot.

Unfortunately, Tannehill has turned over the ball six times in only three games and that number must be limited next week against the Cincinnati Bengals.

At the end of the day, four weeks through the 2012 NFL season is not too early to keep an eye on the progression of these three NFL quarterbacks. Although time is of the essence, patience will ultimately be key for all three of these rebuilding teams.

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