Each year at the end of April and the beginning of May the NFL – National Football League – team owners gather to decided who they will choose – draft – to become potential players for their team. The order of the draft is decided by the win/loss records. The team with the lowest record goes first on up to the team who won the Super Bowl going last. Of course, there is a great deal of wheeling and dealing between owners to alter their drafting position. There are seven rounds in the draft.
After the 2014 football season the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had won the fewest games; with the Tennessee Titans right behind them.
Going first, the Buccaneers drafted Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from the Florida State Seminoles Jameis Winston; while the Tennessee Titans selected Heisman Trophy winning quarter from the Oregon Ducks Marcus Mariota.
The two quarterbacks faced one another at the Rose Bowl and then again in their first professional game. Tennessee won the game.
While both players were highly touted in college, the comparisons have continued as pros.
Detractors were quick to point out how they felt Winston was immature and would not make a good team leader; but Mariota was more of a leader and would be a much better quarterback.
As the 2015 NFL season draws to an end; how well did each of the rookies fare in heir inaugural season seasons as professional football players?
With one game left in the season, the Tennessee Titans have a 3-12 season.
has sprained both of his knees and missed four games – will finish the 2015 season on the injured list.
He has a total of 2,818 passing yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Mariota has completed 62.2% of his passes and has been sacked 38 times – eighth in the NFL
Became the first quarterback in NFL history to have 250 yards passing, a 100 yards in rushing yard, and three touchdown passes in the same game.
Wth one more game remaining, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a record of 6-9.
Not only has he played in every game so far…he has played every offensive snap.
He needs only 283 passing yards to reach 4,000 for the season – he is the youngest player to reach the 3,000 yard mark
Winston currently has 3,717 passing yards which puts him fourth on the list of rookies – only 23 yard behind Peyton Manning.
He has 199 rushing yard on 51 carriers with five touchdowns – third on the Bucs team
He has completed 58% of his passing attempts – receivers have dropped many balls they should have caught – with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions
Winston has been sacked 25 times.
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