Last season, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton re-wrote NFL rookie records, setting the bar high for quarterbacks in future draft classes. Newton set rookie records, throwing for the most yards in his first two games, set the quarterback rushing record and became the first rookie to throw for over 4,000 yards. Newton also added 706 rushing yards. Several of his impressive records could fall this season, in what might become the most impressive draft of quarterbacks in NFL history.
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck needs just 74 passing yards in order to eclipse the 4,051 yard mark set by Newton last season. Luck has two games remaining on the schedule. Newton’s rushing record has already been surpassed by Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. Griffin has gained 748 yards on the ground this year.
Newton wasn’t the only impressive rookie signal caller last season. Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had an impressive first year, throwing for nearly 3,400 yards. Newton and Dalton became the most rookie quarterbacks to throw for over 3,000 yards in league history. That mark could be shattered this season.
The league could see as many as five rookie quarterbacks reach the 3,000-yard plateau this season. Andrew Luck (3,978) and Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden (3,281) have already reached the 3,000 yard mark. Three other quarterbacks are on the verge of reaching 3,000 yards. Miami Dolphins Ryan Tannehill (2,929), Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III (2,902) and Seattle Seahawks Russel Wilson (2,697).