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Two quarterbacks heard their names called among the top-10 selections in April’s NFL draft.
The Arizona Cardinals selected Kyler Murray first overall, while the New York Giants surprised many when they chose Daniel Jones with the sixth pick.
The two teams met Sunday with their first-year signal-callers leading the way.
Murray threw for only 104 yards in the Cardinals’ 27-21 victory. Jones produced 223 passing yards, one touchdown and an interception in the loss.
Which rookie performed better?
Ty Dunne: Murray, C; Jones, D
Murray and Jones had near-identical passer ratings with neither getting much of anything going. Especially Jones. The Cardinals took the ball out of their rookie’s hands more, leaning on running back Chase Edmonds, and that was the difference. Just a reminder that both players still have a ways to go.
Mike Freeman: Murray, B; Jones, C
Murray has already demonstrated his potential is incredibly high, and everyone again saw examples of that in this game. He’s smart, plays like he’s been in the NFL for a decade, and is athletic.
Jones also demonstrated some of those moments, and I’d be encouraged if I were a Giants fan. But he’s taking some absolutely brutal shots, and his head coach isn’t very good.
Mike Tanier: Murray, C-; Jones, D+
Murray had some strong games leading up to Week 7, but he spent a lot of Sunday trying to Madden scramble like a little kid impersonating Russell Wilson on a playground (when he wasn’t handing off).
Some (ahem) dimes, some miserable plays and some bad circumstances from Jones. I’m sure there’s someone out there who thinks that how Jones played in a steady rain proves everything that was said about him before the draft.
Brent Sobleski: Murray, C; Jones, C
The game wasn’t won or lost based on quarterback play. The Cardinals succeeded with a strong running attack, whereas Jones still produced despite breakdowns throughout the Giants offense. Really, both flashed, and that’s all you can ask of rookie quarterbacks.
Brad Gagnon: Murray, D; Jones, B
Murray’s Cardinals won, but Jones outplayed the No. 1 overall pick. He took a ton of sacks but also made some impressive throws under pressure and was actually better with his legs. He was also victimized by several drops. Meanwhile, Murray had a clean pocket much of the day but hardly attempted anything deep.
Gary Davenport: Murray, C+; Jones, D
Neither young quarterback exactly lit it up, though given how bad the weather was in the second half, that’s largely forgivable. What wasn’t was Jones’ three turnovers—the Giants aren’t a good enough team to overcome those kinds of mistakes.