Debating Points: Rookie QB Redshirt?

Franchises who draft first round quarterbacks face this glaring question.

At the moment, the Jacksonville Jaguars (quarterback Blake Bortles), Cleveland Browns (QB Johnny Manziel), and Minnesota Vikings (QB Teddy Bridgewater) aren’t starting their rookie signal callers.

Jags general manager David Caldwell stated that “[QB] Chad [Henne] is going to be the guy.” Browns head coach Mike Pettine noted that QB Brian Hoyer “is securely ahead of him right now,” as of June 12. And last but not least, on June 14, Minnesota Vikings backup QB Christian Ponder said, “[QB Matt] Cassel’s the starter right now.”

Oftentimes, however, second- and third-string QB’s are relegated to scout duty—simulating opposing offenses. On the flip-side, rookie quarterbacks spend a bulk of their first offseason prepping for the 40-yard dash and non-QB related drills. A full offseason of technique and strength work could have great upside.

If rookie QB’s are thrown onto the field too early, their development is prone to being stunted. Let’s just see how New York Jets QB Geno Smith plays in his sophomore season.

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