How did the rookie QBs deal with pressure in their preseason debuts?
By Sam Monson • Cleveland Browns • Chicago Bears • Houston Texans • DeShone Kizer • Mitchell Trubisky • Deshaun Watson • Aug 11, 2017CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 10: Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears passes under pressure from Shakir Soto #67 of the Denver Broncos during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 10, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Broncos defeated the Bears 24-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
- DeShone Kizer was the star of the rookie quarterbacks under pressure, passing for 126 yards and a touchdown when facing heat in the pocket, giving him a 129.2 passer rating. He was the only rookie quarterback to have a passer rating over 100.0 when pressured, and he was pressured 13 times on 23 dropbacks.
- Mitch Trubisky had a big night for the Bears, but his passer rating under pressure was just 47.2. He attempted six passes when hurried, completing only two of them for 25 yards, but two of them were dropped by his receivers. Where Trubisky stood out when pressured was making plays with his legs, notching three scrambles for 38 yards.
- Deshaun Watson was under pressure more than any other rookie passer over the first preseason games, feeling the heat on 16 of his dropbacks (53.3 percent). He attempted twelve passes, completing seven of them for 98 yards and a passer rating of 84.7. Like Trubisky, Watson also added value with his legs, scrambling three times for 24 yards and a touchdown.