How Will The Rookie Quarterbacks Play in 2013?
With the announcement that both Geno Smith and EJ Manuel will start from the beginning for their respective clubs, the 2013 quarterback class just stepped up a bit. While neither might be trusted in most fantasy football leagues right away, they could have some sleeper potential like Russell Wilson just a season ago. So how will the two AFC East gunslingers do in year one?
Geno Smith and the Jets will get a chance to face off against a familiar face right away, as Darrelle Revis and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers come to town. Revis could play a huge role in hurting Smith’s confidence early on, as he is one of the most talented secondary players in the game. Things get even tougher in Week 2, as Smith will be thrown right into the heart of the Jets-Patriots rivalry. His first shot to really get going against mediocre defenses is when he gets Buffalo and Tennessee to close out the month of September.
Speaking of Buffalo, they get to start out against the Patriots right away. EJ Manuel is certainly no Tom Brady, but the Patriots are not a shutdown defensive unit, so the rookie from Florida State could still have some bright moments. It helps Manuel that his first two starts are at home, but in Week 3 he does get that head-to-head matchup with classmate Smith at New York.
Neither team figures to be that good, so New York and Buffalo mainly want to see promise out of their youngsters. The NFL used to be all about letting rookies learn in the beginning, but now the trend is to throw them out there and see what happens right away. No one could have predicted how dominant guys like Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Wilson were going to be from the beginning. These two are less heralded, but they can do damage with their arm and their legs. With the growing trend of the run-option offense, there could be some decent fantasy football numbers out of both these guys if they stay healthy and keep their starting jobs.