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The top five Week 2 performances of the 2022 NFL preseason were Kenny Pickett, Skylar Thompson, Jace Headley, and Kyle McAllister

Judging the first-year quarterbacks in the preseason

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The first two weeks of preseason football are almost in the books, bringing the debuts of this year’s rookie quarterbacks one step closer. However, how did the rookie signal-callers do in their most recent exhibition game? We appreciate you asking. Here are the top five rookie quarterback performances from Week 2 of the 2022 NFL preseason, according to our ranking:

One of the top quarterbacks selected in this year’s draft class, Desmond Ridder of the Falcons, is slated to face the Jets on Monday night.

5. 49ers’ Brock Purdy had a 14-23, 128-yard performance.

Along with fellow backup Nate Sudfeld, who had a similarly strong performance against the Vikings, Iowa State’s Mr. Irrelevant quietly launched a run for the 49ers’ No. 2 job. Although his statistics weren’t spectacular, they might have been had it not been for three drops. He has at least demonstrated that he possesses the precision Kyle Shanahan seeks.

4. Jack Coan, Colts, 7-11, 83 yards, 1 touchdown

Given that Nick Foles and Sam Ehlinger are following Matt Ryan, the Colts might not have place for the undrafted Notre Dame product, but he displayed pro-level touch to win the game against the Lions by throwing a touchdown pass to Samson Nacua in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter.

3. Dolphins’ Skylar Thompson had stats of 9-10, 129 yards, and 1 touchdown.

The seventh-round pick is arguing that he should be Miami’s third quarterback, behind Tua Tagovailoa and Teddy Bridgewater, for the second week in a row. He appeared calm in the pocket, standing tall in particular for quite deep strokes, even in a close loss. That’s a wonderful emerging trait on a team whose other QBs are known for being conservative.

2. Malik Willis (Titans): 7-17, 80 yards, one touchdown, and 42 rushing yards.

Willis had a stat line against the Buccaneers that was extremely reminiscent of Trey Lance’s, but Lance is currently the starting quarterback for an NFC title candidate despite having a lot of erratic passing. In actuality, Willis’ preseason was always simply about reinforcing the physical attributes that made him deserving of Tennessee’s Day Two selection. He needs to improve as a rhythm passer, but it’s clear that he can scramble and change arm angles with ease.

1. Kenny Pickett of the Steelers, 6-7, 76 yards, 1 touchdown.

Given that Dawg is the only quarterback here who is truly in a position to win a starting spot, he chose a good time to display some of his best skills. Although he only played eight snaps against the Jaguars, his performance during a quick-paced scoring drive made Mike Tomlin satisfied after the game. Even better, he held his ground in frantic pockets, demonstrating that he can hold up against Pittsburgh’s changing offensive line at least as well as Mitchell Trubisky, who is his main rival for the position.

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