The best NFL QB rookie seasons of all time
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The best NFL QB rookie seasons of all time

We take a look back at the best all-time NFL quarterback rookie seasons based on a combination of passing yards, rushing yards, touchdowns and completion percentage records and other intangibles.

 
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Robert Griffin III, 2012

Robert Griffin III, 2012
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Oh, what could have been. RGIII led the Redskins to the playoffs in 2012, throwing for 3,200 yards and rushing for 815 more in 15 games. He had 20 passing touchdowns, seven rushing touchdowns and completed 65.6 percent of his passes.

 
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Dan Marino, 1983

Dan Marino, 1983
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If not for starting only nine games, Marino would have likely taken the top spot. The Dolphins went 7-2 in his nine starts, and Marino made the Pro Bowl after throwing for 2,210 yards and 20 touchdowns in 11 games. Marino went on to win the NFL MVP the following year.

 
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Dak Prescott, 2016

Dak Prescott, 2016
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Prescott saved the Cowboys season when Tony Romo got injured. The fourth-round rookie was uber-efficient, completing 67.8 percent of his passes for 3,667 yards and 23/4 TD/INT. He was also a major threat on the round, rushing for 282 yards and six scores in the team's 13-3 regular season.

 
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Russell Wilson, 2012

Russell Wilson, 2012
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Wilson wasn't supposed to start in his rookie season after being drafted in the third round but beat out Matt Flynn in the preseason, and the rest is history. He made the Pro Bowl after leading the Seahawks to an 11-5 record, throwing for 3,118 yards and 26 touchdowns with an incredible 100.0 passer rating. He added 489 yards and four scores on the ground.

 
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Ben Roethlisberger, 2004

Ben Roethlisberger, 2004
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For team success, you can't do much better than Big Ben in his rookie season. He went 13-0 as a starter during the regular season, and the Steelers made it all the way to the AFC championship game. Roethlisberger threw for 2,621 yards, completing better than 66 percent of his passes and 17 touchdowns.

 
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Greg Cook, 1969

Greg Cook, 1969
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The fifth overall pick in the 1969 draft by the Bengals, Cook was terrific in his rookie season. He threw for 1,854 yards and 15 touchdowns in 11 games and rushed for 148 more yards. Unfortunately, a shoulder injury limited Cook to just one more game following his rookie campaign.

 
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Cam Newton, 2011

Cam Newton, 2011
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The first overall pick in 2011, Newton tried to carry the Panthers on his shoulders. He threw for more than 4,000 yards and 21 touchdowns, and he added 706 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground.

 
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Jameis Winston, 2015

Jameis Winston, 2015
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The first overall pick in 2015, Winston backed up the hype after a great career at Florida State. He threw for more than 4,000 yards and 22 touchdowns, adding 210 yards and six scores on the ground.

 
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Andrew Luck, 2012

Andrew Luck, 2012
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The Colts "lucked" into the first overall pick after Peyton Manning missed all of 2011. Luck ran into struggles in his rookie season but led the Colts to the playoffs with an 11-5 record and 4,374 passing yards (the most ever by a rookie). He also threw for 23 touchdowns and had 255 yards and five rushing scores.

 
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Matt Ryan, 2008

Matt Ryan, 2008
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Ryan had a strong rookie year, leading the Falcons to the playoffs with an 11-5 record after passing for 3,440 yards and 16 touchdowns. His 87.7 passer rating ranks in the top 10 among rookies.

 
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Baker Mayfield, 2018

Baker Mayfield, 2018
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Joining a team that finished 0-16 the previous season, Mayfield came off the bench early in the year and led the Browns to a 6-7 record as a starter. He threw for 3,725 yards and 27 touchdowns as a starter.

 
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Carson Wentz, 2016

Carson Wentz, 2016
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Wentz's fast development caused the Eagles to trade Sam Bradford before Week 1 and install the rookie. The Eagles went 7-9 in his rookie season, but Wentz completed more than 62 percent of his passes and threw for 3,782 yards, 16 touchdowns and 14 picks. He added two scores on the ground.

 
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Marcus Mariota, 2015

Marcus Mariota, 2015
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Mariota played only 12 games in his rookie season due to knee issues, but they were 12 productive games. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft threw for 2,818 yards and had an impressive 19/10 TD/INT, also rushing for 252 yards and two scores.

 
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Jim Kelly, 1986

Jim Kelly, 1986
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Kelly finally arrived at Buffalo in 1986 after avoiding the Bills for three years to play in the USFL. While the Bills went just 4-12 that year, Kelly had 3,593 passing yards and 22 touchdowns.

 
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Y.A. Tittle, 1948

Y.A. Tittle, 1948
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Tittle was terrific for the Baltimore Colts in 1948, throwing for 2,522 yards with 16 touchdowns. He added four rushing touchdowns and had an impressive 8.7 yards per pass attempt.

 
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Warren Moon, 1984

Warren Moon, 1984
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Coming from the CFL, Moon had a strong rookie year as a 28-year-old. He threw for 3,338 yards and 12 touchdowns.

 
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Andy Dalton, 2011

Andy Dalton, 2011
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An accurate passer at TCU, Dalton continued the trend for the Bengals after being drafted in the second round. He started immediately, going 9-7 and leading the team to the playoffs with 3,398 yards and 20 touchdowns, compared to 13 interceptions.

 
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Sam Bradford, 2010

Sam Bradford, 2010
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The first overall pick in 2010, Bradford started immediately for the Rams and went 7-9 with 3,512 passing yards and 18 touchdowns. He certainly had growing pains, though, with 15 picks.

 
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Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
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Bridgewater went 6-6 in his 12 starts, all without Adrian Peterson, after going 32nd overall in 2014. He had 12 interceptions but still managed 2,919 passing yards and 14 passing scores.

 
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Charlie Conerly, 1948

Charlie Conerly, 1948
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A 13th-round pick in the 1945 draft, Conerly found the field for the Giants in 1948. He threw for 2,175 yards and 22 touchdowns in only 12 games, adding 160 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns.

 
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Derek Carr, 2014

Derek Carr, 2014
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Despite going 3-13 in his rookie season, Carr was productive in 2014. The second-round pick threw for 3,270 yards and 21 touchdowns to only 12 interceptions.

 
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Charlie Batch, 1998

Charlie Batch, 1998
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Batch was a backup for most of his career but had a fine season in 1998 handing the ball off to Barry Sanders in the legendary running back's final year. After going in the second round, Batch led the Lions to a 5-7 record, and he had 2,178 yards and a fair 83.5 passer rating with an 11/6 TD/INT ratio.

 
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Joe Flacco, 2008

Joe Flacco, 2008
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Flacco had immediate success with the Ravens, helping lead them to an 11-5 record with 2,971 yards and 14 touchdowns. Of course, he had the help of a great defense.

 
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Mike Glennon, 2013

Mike Glennon, 2013
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Many feel Glennon is a future NFL starter based on the results from his rookie season in 2013. Glennon started 13 games, throwing for 2,608 yards and 19 touchdowns and only nine interceptions.

 
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Ryan Tannehill, 2012

Ryan Tannehill, 2012
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Tannehill went 7-9 as a rookie after being drafted eighth overall in 2012, throwing for 3,294 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had 211 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.

 
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Peyton Manning, 1998

Peyton Manning, 1998
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Arguably the greatest NFL quarterback ever, Manning didn't have the best rookie season. While he threw for 3,739 yards and 26 touchdowns, Manning had a league-leading 28 interceptions and completed only 56.7 percent of his passes.

 
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Deshaun Watson, 2017

Deshaun Watson, 2017
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Watson managed to appear in only seven games before tearing his ACL, but those showings were legendary. He threw for 1,699 yards and 19/8 TD/INT. The former Clemson quarterback added 269 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.

 
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Brandon Weeden, 2012

Brandon Weeden, 2012
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A 29-year-old rookie and first-round pick in 2012, Weeden threw for 3,385 and 14 touchdowns in his rookie season. That was the good news. The bad news was that the Browns went 5-10, and Weeden threw 17 picks.

 
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Dieter Brock, 1985

Dieter Brock, 1985
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A 34-year-old rookie from the CFL, Brock led the Rams to an 11-4 record in 1985. He had 2,658 passing yards and 16 touchdowns, with 13 interceptions, completing nearly 60 percent of his passes. He's now a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Seth Trachtman is a fantasy sports expert and diehard Kansas City Chiefs fan still hoping for a Super Bowl win during his lifetime. He doesn't often Tweet, but when he does, you can find him on Twitter @sethroto.

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