2nd Round QBs that have started Week 1
In 2001, Quincy Carter started for the Dallas Cowboys at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the final score was close, Tampa Bay won 10-6, Carter did not perform very well. His final stats line was: 9/19 for 34 yards with no touchdowns and 2 interceptions, he also ran the ball 4 times for 16 yards. Carter had a chance to lead the Cowboys on a game winning drive, but threw his second interception on the Tampa Bay 10 yard line with just under ninety seconds left to play.
Andy Dalton, drafted by the Bengals in the 2011 draft, played a little better in his first career start. The Bengals played the Cleveland Browns to open the season. Dalton played the first half of the game before injuring his arm on the last play of the first half. When Dalton left the game, the score was 14-13 Cleveland. His final stat line was: 10/15 for 81 yards with 1 touchdown and no interceptions. Though he only played the first half, Dalton did not do anything to hurt his team’s chances of winning.
So, how did Geno Smith perform in his first career start? For most of the first half, Smith looked like a rookie and had a couple turnovers. Late in the first half, Geno’s stats line looked like this: 7/15 for 78 yards, 1 interception and 1 fumble lost. After his shaky start, Smith finished the game completing 17 of his final 23 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown come late in the second quarter on a 7 yard pass to Kellen Winslow, pulling the Jets within 2 points before halftime. Geno was able to lead the Jets on a game winning drive with 34 seconds left, hitting Winslow on a 25 yard pass and then running for 10 yards to the Tampa Bay 45 before getting hit late out of bounds, placing the ball on the 30 yard line. Nick Folk finished the game, hitting a 48 yard field goal giving the Jets an 18-17 win. Smith’s final stats line was: 24/38 for 256 yards with 1 touchdown, 1 interception, and 1 lost fumble, he also ran the ball 6 times for 47 yards. Geno definitely had the best first game out of the three 2nd round picks.