Three more young QBs who'll thrive in 2015
His 23--25 record over three seasons belies his talent: He threw for 4,000-plus yards with a 66.4% completion rate in 2014—and he did that with the youngest WRs in the league (average age: 23.6). Add in a year of familiarity with Bill Lazor's three-wide, short-route offense, and you can expect a nice leap from this 26-year-old.
At the end of his rookie campaign Bridgewater showed the talent that made him a first-round pick. In weeks 13 through 17 he threw for 246 yards per game, tossed eight TDs and completed 72.1% of his passes, boosting the Vikings' scoring by a touchdown per game. Throw RB Adrian Peterson and WR Mike Wallace into the mix, and this 22-year-old should be very efficient this year.
Jacksonville planned to sit Bortles, 22, in 2014 because he had some "development to do," as GM Dave Caldwell put it. But the Jags threw their rookie into the fire anyway behind the NFL's worst line, and the results were mixed. The team bolstered that protection this off-season, and the addition of TE Julius Thomas should help improve Bortles's NFL-worst 3.2 QBR in the red zone.
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