NFL Week 3 Preview: The 7 Must-Watch Quarterbacks

Injuries are a big part of football, and the quarterback position is no different. In Week 2 of the NFL season we saw star quarterbacks Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Newton all go down with injuries. Here’s a look at each new starting quarterback and what they bring to the table.

Jacoby Brissett, Indianapolis Colts

With the shocking news of Andrew Luck’s retirement just two weeks before the start of the season, the Colts had to move on to backup Jacoby Brissett as their new starter. Brissett, who was given a 2 year, $30 million extension a week after the Luck retirement, started 15 games for Indianapolis in 2017, throwing for 3,100 yards and 13 touchdowns against 7 interceptions. The 26-year-old, who also ran for 260 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2017, will now be the Colts quarterback of the future. He has completed 69% of his passes with 5 touchdowns and 1 interception through 2 weeks.

Gardner Minshew II, Jacksonville Jaguars

Quarterback Nick Foles was a legend in Philadelphia, winning the Eagles their first ever Super Bowl in 2018. Just over a year later he left to bring his magic to Jacksonville, signing a 4-year, $88 million deal with the Jaguars. The honey moon period didn’t last long, however, as he broke his collarbone early in week 1. This led to the rise of rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II (there is actually no Gardner Minshew I, his dad just wanted to put the II at the end), who has become a social media sensation. After completing an NFL debut-record 88% (22 of 25) of his passes in Week 1, the sixth-round pick out of Washington State led a touchdown drive to cut the Jags deficit to 1 with 30 seconds to go in Week 2, although a failed 2-point conversion cost them the game.

Luke Falk, New York Jets

When Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was diagnosed with mononucleosis shortly after their Week 1 loss, Jets fans lost a lot of hope. Backup Trevor Siemian started New York’s second game, but suffered this gruesome injury in the second quarter. This led to third string rookie Luke Falk taking over and completing 20 of 25 passes. Like Minshew II, Falk was also sixth-round pick out of Washington State (taken in 2018 while Minshew II was drafted in 2019) and was taken with pick 199, the same pick that Tom Brady was selected with. Falk will make his first career start in Week 3 in New England against the Patriots.

Daniel Jones, New York Giants

Rookie Daniel Jones will join Falk as a New York quarterback making his first career start in Week 3. After completing 29 of 34 passes (85.3%) for 416 and 2 touchdowns (no interceptions) in the preseason, the sixth overall pick from the 2019 draft will replace longtime Giants quarterback Eli Manning when Big Blue faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their third game. Jones was coached by the same college coach as Manning (David Cutcliffe), and the Giants hope he can bring the team similar success. There might be some confusion at first, however, as fans will likely do a double-take upon seeing the Manning look-alike take the field.

Kyle Allen, Carolina Panthers

Starting quarterback Cam Newton aggravated a foot injury in week 2 and has no timetable for return. If he is unable to play in Week 3, second year quarterback Kyle Allen would replace him. Allen was an undrafted free agent before signing with the Panthers in 2018 and winning his only start, throwing for 266 yards with 3 total touchdowns and no interceptions. It looks increasingly likely that the 23-year-old will make his second career start against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 3.

Mason Rudolph, Pittsburgh Steelers

With news that star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would need elbow surgery and miss the rest of the 2019 season, Steelers fans turned their attention and hope towards second year quarterback Mason Rudolph. The former third-round pick threw for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns against one interception in his first NFL appearance in Week 2. Rudolph completed 65% of his passes for 368 yards with 4 touchdowns and 1 interception in the preseason and will look to prove he can be Pittsburgh’s quarterback of the future.

Teddy Bridgewater/Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints

Quarterback Drew Brees is expected to miss approximately six weeks after surgery on his throwing hand, and coach Sean Payton announced the team will use both Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill at quarterback during his absence. Bridgewater was a Pro Bowler with the Vikings in 2015 before a “horribly grotesque” knee injury forced him to miss almost two full seasons, while Hill lined up at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end and kick returner last season. The two will offer much versatility for the Saints as they look to survive their time without Brees.

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