Power Ranking NFL Rookie Quarterbacks Through Week 8

Mac Jones has been the most consistent rookie quarterback this season.
Mac Jones has been the most consistent rookie quarterback this season. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

We are nearing the halfway point of the 2021 NFL season, and we’ve seen six rookie quarterbacks get some quality action so far this year. 

Mac Jones, Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Davis Mills, Justin Fields, and Trey Lance have all made starts for their respective teams, but some have fared better than others. 

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Here’s how I’m ranking the rookie signal callers through eight weeks:

1. Mac Jones, New England Patriots

Jones has only thrown nine touchdowns in his eight starts, but he's led the Patriots to a 4-4 record in the process. He has done his job as a game manager for the most part, and he's got a leg up on the rest of the rookie quarterbacks that have struggled with turnovers this season.

2. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars

Lawrence got off to a brutal start, throwing seven interceptions in his first three games, but he has thrown just two in his last four contests. The Jaguars aren't good enough to compete, and the talent around him hasn't helped, but Lawrence has shown some signs of improvement as the season has progressed.

3. Justin Fields, Chicago Bears

Fields has not been great, throwing just three scores and seven picks in his first eight games. He hasn't started all of them, but he did flash his dynamic ability with 103 rushing yards in Week 8. The Bears have also failed Fields with a poor coaching staff and team around him, but he has looked overmatched at times (especially against Cleveland and Tampa Bay).

4. Zach Wilson, New York Jets

Wilson's case for the Jets being bad around him took a hit when backup Mike White threw for over 400 yards to lead New York to an upset win over Cincinnati in Week 8. Wilson has thrown nine picks and is currently hurt, but he did flash potential against the Titans. Jets fans better hope that this doesn't turn into a quarterback controversy with White.

5. Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers

Lance has played sparingly, making one start for the injured Jimmy Garoppolo and throwing three scores to one pick over his four appearance. The problem? Lance completed just 52.1 percent of his passes. He came into this season almost a year removed from football, so it makes sense that the 49ers are taking it slow.

6. Davis Mills, Houston Texans

Mills is the only one of these signal callers that wasn't a first round pick, and it appears for good reason. He's 0-6 as a starter and while he did carve up the Patriots earlier this season, Mills has led Houston to jut 30 points in the last three weeks. Tyrod Taylor will take this job back once he's healthy.