- By Mike Wilson
The 2022 NFL regular season has ended. Listed below are Rookie QB stats from 2017-2022. I also take a closer look at the 2022 Rookie QBs.
Most Passing Yards (YDS)
Most Passing Touchdowns (TD)
2017-2022 Rookie QBs (Sorted by Passing Yards)
2022 Rookie QBs
There are 4 Rookie QBs in 2022 that stood out.
The lone 1st rounder, Kenny Pickett, didn’t start the season for the Steelers, but he showed great improvement after the Steelers bye week.
Before the bye, Pickett completed 112 passes for 962 yards with 2 passing TDs and 8 INTs in 4.5 games. He also rushed for 98 yards with 2 TDs. Pickett was sacked 12 times.
After the bye, Pickett completed 133 passes for 1442 yards with 5 passing TDs and 1 INT in 8 games. He also rushed for 139 yards and 1 TD. Pickett was sacked 15 times.
Brock Purdy was the last draft pick in 2022 draft also known as Mr. Irrelevant. Purdy started the last 5 games for the San Francisco 49ers and appeared in a total of 9 games. Purdy has been really impressive in the 49ers offense. He has thrown at least 2 TDs in each of the last 6 games, including 3 TDs in the season finale. Out of all the rookie QBs, Purdy leads in TDs (13) and QB Rating (107.3).
Purdy’s season continues as he will get to play in the playoffs vs the Seattle Seahawks on January 14th.
Desmond Ridder was selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the 3rd round (74th overall). Ridder started the last 4 games for the Falcons going 2 and 2. Ridder completed 73 of 115 pass attempts for a 63.5 completion percentage. He had 2 passing TDs and 0 INTs. He also had 64 rushing yards.
Bailey Zappe was selected by the New England Patriots in the 4th round (137th overall). Zappe started 2 games and saw in action in 2 other games. Zappe finished with a 2-0 record as a starter. Zappe is the only other rookie QB to have a QB rating over 100 (100.9 to be exact). He completed 65 out of 92 attempts for a 70.7 completion percentage. Zappe had 5 passing TDs and 3 INTs.