The preseason is winding down with a wrap on week three. We revisit the rookie and second year quarterbacks to see who has excelled so far for this preseason. The previous week raking is shown in parenthesis following the name (NR=Not ranked, HM=Honorable Mention).
The Top Twelve
1 ) Joshua Dobbs (1) of Pittsburgh maintains his number 1 spot even though he did not play in week three. Dobbs has shown why he should be the third quarterback in the depth chart ahead of rookie Mason Rudolph. Interesting developments in Pittsburgh as both Landry Jones and Joshua Dobbs have done well in the preseason. Third round selection Rudolph appears to be a candidate for the practice squad.
2 ) Nathan Peterman (3) of Buffalo moves up one spot after another solid preseason week. Peterman was 16 of 21 for 200 yards and one touchdown. For the preseason Peterman has a passer rating of 124.7 which is fifth best in the league and tops among Bills quarterbacks. Of the Bills quarterbacks AJ McCarron is next with a passer rating of 87.5 followed by Josh Allen at 82.6. Peterman is making a strong case to be the starting quarterback.
3 ) Second year quarterback Phillip Walker (10) of the Colts completed 4 of 6 for 69 yards. Walker’s preseason average yards per attempt of 10.2 yards is second among the padawans. His yards per completion of 16.6 yards leads all padawans. Walker’s preseason passer rating of 109.1 leads all Colt quarterbacks. The Colts cut quarterback Brad Kaaya on Friday. Will Walker usurp Jacoby Brissett for the backup quarterback role or will he be stashed on the practice squad?
4 ) Chad Kelly (4) of the Broncos remains at the number 4 spot for the third week in a row. He completed 7 of 11 passes for 73 yards. Denver has updated their depth chart to now show Kelly as the backup quarterback with Paxton Lynch now number three.
5 ) Patrick Mahomes (11) of the Chiefs takes another big leap up this list. He was 18 of 24 for 196 yards and one touchdown. He also ran twice for 11 yards. Mahomes’ passer rating has increased each week of the preseason three games. Of the first round quarterbacks of the last two years that have played three preseason games only Lamar Jackson can also make that claim.
6 ) Tim Boyle (6) of the Packers holds on to the number 6 spot even though he did not play in week three. Through the three preseason games Boyle has the second best passer rating of the four Packer quarterbacks with 105.7. Rodgers (119.8) has the best and Kizer (88.8) trails Boyle with Hundley last (81.2).
7 ) Chase Litton (NR) of the Chiefs makes a debut on this list with a week three performance of 4 of 7 for 67 yards and one touchdown. He also had one run for nine yards. Currently buried fourth on the quarterback depth chart Litton could use a good week 4 performance to justify a practice squad spot.
8 ) Alex McGough (12) of the Seahawks moves up again in week three with a performance of 5 of 14 for 140 yards, one touchdown, one interception and two sacks. He started off bad with two incomplete passes and then a pass off the receivers hands was intercepted. However he came back on his next drive and led the Seahawks 75 yards in nine plays for a touchdown. He went 3 of 4 for 50 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown pass. McGough also rushed for 19 yards on the drive. He has shown he deserves to be the backup quarterback over Austin Davis. Davis has had a poor preseason with the second lowest passer rating in the league of 38.4.
9) DeShone Kizer (5) of the Packers falls down the list this week but remains in the top twelve. Kizer was 11 of 23 for 120 yards and was sacked twice and fumbled once. Recognized for his arm strength, Kizer is tied for first among the padawans in plays of 40+ yards with two. It is a three way tie with CJ Beathard and Davis Webb. Kizer’s yards per completed pass of 14.9 yards is third among padawans with more than three completions.
10) Baker Mayfield (7) of the Browns was 8 of 12 for 76 yards, one interception, two sacks and one fumble. It is the third week Mayfield is in the top 12. This preseason Mayfield has seven passes of 20+ yards. That is tie for second most in the league.
11) Viking Kyle Sloter (HM) has a preseason passer rating of 111.4 which is best among Vikings quarterbacks and ninth in the league. This preseason he has three passing touchdowns and zero interceptions. The touchdowns is tie for tops among the padawans and no other padawan has three touchdowns with no interceptions. His 73.2 preseason completion percentage is third among padawans with more than four attempts.
12) CJ Beathard (NR) of the 49ers was 7 of 8 for 83 yards and one sack. Beathard is a football junkie, tough and professional. In the preseason he has had five pass plays of 20+ yards which is tie for second among the padawans.
Garrett Gilbert (8) of the Panthers was 5 of 9 for 46 yards and one touchdown. He is one of five padawans that has two or more touchdowns with zero interceptions in the preseason. His preseason passer rating of 101.8 is 0.1 behind Taylor Heinicke for the top Panther preseason passer rating.
Davis Webb (NR) of the Giants was 5 of 11 for 73 yards and one sack. He has performed better than Kyle Lauletta in the preseason and of the two deserves to be Manning’s backup.
Under Performing Expectations
Deshaun Watson (2) of the Texans after a stellar week two followed it with a poor performance in week three. He was 3 of 6 for 15 yards and one interception. He ran once for five yards. Watson was not used much in the preseason attempting only 15 passes over three games. His 72.1 passer rating for the preseason lags the other Houston quarterbacks. It will be interesting to see if he plays in week four.