Justin Herbert

Justin Herbert: How the best rookie QBs and their teams fared in year 2

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers holds the ball during warmups before the game against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 17: Quarterback Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers holds the ball during warmups before the game against the Los Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – Justin Herbert
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) – Justin Herbert

Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in year 2:

Jameis Winston in year 2 vs. year 1

Jameis Winston was the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and while he has not had the kind of a career that a team wants out of a first overall pick he certainly has potential. He has put up some monster numbers in his career, the main problem being that he also throws a lot of interceptions.

NFL fans saw that right away in his rookie season as he threw 15 picks. Not a terrible number, but certainly a number that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wanted to see go down, which it didn’t in year 2.

Winston was a Pro Bowler in his rookie season, throwing for 4,042 yards and 22 touchdowns with a 58.3% completion rate. He was not a Pro Bowler in his second season despite having a slightly better year.

Winston threw for 4,090 yards with 28 touchdowns and a 60.8% completion rate. The only thing that got worse was the increase in picks.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers in year 2 vs. year 1

The Buccaneers went 6-10 in Winston’s rookie season and followed that with the only winning season Winston had with the Bucs. The Bucs won nine games in 2015 but were unable to make the playoffs.

Tampa Bay was second in the NFC South but lost the tiebreaker to the 9-7 Detriot Lions.

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