NFL Week 5 rookie QB grades: Davis Mills bucks Belichick development; Trey Lance will get style; Zach Wilson a dud in London

In the phrases of the Beatles: Help.

Zach Wilson’s worldwide debut for the Jets was … not the best day of quarterbacking to be performed in London as a part of the NFL’s UK forays. The Jets acquired shellacked by the Falcons 27-20, a rating that wasn’t fairly as indicative as 

Wilson accomplished 19 of 32 passes for 197 yards within the Jets’ loss to the Falcons in London, washing away any goodwill fostered with New York’s win final week over Tennessee.

At the opposite finish of the spectrum of our rookie quarterback grades for Week 5, Davis Mills — sure, Davis Mills — made quite a lot of noise on Sunday, doing one thing to Bill Belichick and the Patriots that solely 4 quarterbacks have finished throughout the Belichick period.

It was one thing of a combined bag for QBs this weekend. Here’s how they performed out:

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Davis Mills: A-

Stats: 21/29, 312 yards, three touchdowns

Bill Belichick eats rookie QBs alive. Except in case your identify is Davis Mills, apparently.

After having one of many the worst QB performances lately in a loss to the Bills, Bill was no match for Mills, who match the invoice as franchise QB on Sunday afternoon with a big-time efficiency vs. the Patriots. 

Only 4 rookie QBs have thrown for 200+ yards, 2+ TDs in a sport towards Belichick since 2000

Davis Mills has finished it on the 2:00 warning earlier than halftime

— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) October 10, 2021

Mills shockingly confirmed out for 307 yards, three touchdowns vs. the Pats, whose protection is notoriously troublesome for younger QBs to play towards. Mills lived within the brief sport for a lot of the day, and to nice impact, ultimately opening up extra within the second half, with a number of deep shot TDs to push the result in 22-9 coming into the fourth quarter.

While Mac Jones and the Pats snuck out a 25-22 win, Mills’ efficiency was a step in the correct path for the rookie trying to seize the Texans’ QB job by the throat.

MORE: Texans’ try to trick Patriots ends in hilarious 0-yard punt

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Trevor Lawrence: B

Stats: 23/33, 273 yards, one landing, one interception; Seven rushes, 28 yards, one landing

The Titans’ dangerous protection could have been simply what the physician ordered for Trevor Lawrence and the Jags. It did not end in a win, however Lawrence continues to develop and be taught the NFL.

While the Jags stay winless on the season, Lawrence had one other step ahead in a sport behind an offensive line that is not doing him many favors. Lawrence has additionally begun to make use of his legs extra — other than a questionable fourth-and-goal play when the staff would not go for a QB sneak that will have put factors on the board.

That trigger some questions following the sport to Urban Meyer and Lawrence, who appear a bit on reverse ends of the spectrum. Lawrence’s lone interception on the day got here with time working out when the sport was already out of hand.

With the organizational tumult surrounding Lawrence, it is fairly spectacular he is performed in addition to he has this season — and it seems to be like he is bettering, too.

MORE: Urban Meyer, Trevor Lawrence ship combined indicators on Jaguars QB’s skill to sneak vs. Titans

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Mac Jones: B

Stats: 23/30, 231 yards, one landing, one interception

Jones was outplayed by fellow rookie Davis Mills on Sunday, till he wasn’t.

Jones led the Patriots down the sector and hit Hunter Henry for a landing within the fourth quarter, good for his lone TD on the day. That’s essential as a result of the Pats entered the fourth quarter down 22-9, they usually took house a 25-22 win over the Texans.

Jones nonetheless is not being requested to do an excessive amount of offensively, because the Patriots’ offense continues to be predicated on the run-and-dunk philosophy, with brief and intermediate throws preserving the chains transferring. That’s not a nasty factor when it really works, in any case, and Jones is incomes the reward of his head teaching for his determination making early on.

There could come a time when Jones can be requested to take extra photographs downfield, however for now, the Patriots are sticking with what’s working.

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Justin Fields: B

Stats: 12/20, 111 yards, one landing

Fields gives a a lot completely different dimension to the Bears offense than what Andy Dalton did, however we nonetheless have not seen an excessive amount of of it by a number of begins of his down.

Fields and the Bears downed the Raiders on Sunday, and Fields performed a stable, mistake-free sport. The offense nonetheless seems to be largely the identical because it did with Dalton, however Fields seems to be like he is rising extra assured and cozy with each snap.

While he hasn’t been good — and the Bears largely managed the sport on the bottom — Fields’ inventory is just pointing up as he provides a second win below his belt as Chicago’s starter. 

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Trey Lance: B-

Stats: 15/29, 192 yards, no touchdowns, one interception; 16 carries, 89 yards, no touchdowns

Lance nonetheless is not fairly prepared, however he’ll get his alternatives 

Whether it is his dynamic arm or mobility, the traits are definitely there for Lance. While the gameplan presently revolves extra round his legs than it does his arm, with extra reps, Kyle Shanahan will probably proceed opening up the playbook for him.

Sunday’s sport confirmed a bit extra of what we noticed in Lance’s first style of prolonged NFL motion final week: Some respectable pocket mobility, some inaccuracy and a good quantity of drops.

Shanahan actually trusts Lance to run with the ball, however a goal-line fumble on a nasty hit would possibly need to have the 49ers reevaluate how and once they deploy these performs sooner or later.

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Zach Wilson: F

Stats: 19/32, 197 yards, no touchdowns, one interception

It was as soon as once more a story of two halves for Wilson and the Jets.

The No. 2 general decide had one other forgettable day on Sunday, following up his finest efficiency of the season with one other stinker. Not all that encouraging. 

While the garbage-time yards are extra forgiving of Wilson’s whole statline, he threw one other rookie-mistake interception on Sunday for his ninth on the season. Inaccuracy points on brief routes and Wilson’s seeming regression to power the ball downfield and never take the straightforward performs to get the yardage.

Through all of it, although, the Jets, who appeared completely out of the sport, have been truly within the sport till the Falcons scored a landing with simply over two minutes left. There’s greater than sufficient blame for the Jets’ poor offensive showings early on this yr, Wilson, as a rookie, has to bear his fair proportion of it early on.

The Bye week comes at an excellent time for the Jets, who’re going to must reevaluate some issues coming into the remainder of their season.

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