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Betcha Didn't Know 2021 Expert Fast Fact 6/9

TUA TUA: So how did Tua Tagovailoa’s season compare with the first seasons of other contemporary quarterbacks who played a lot as rookies? The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson compared Tagovailoa’s rookie season with the first-season performance for 25 quarterbacks who started at least six games as rookies this century. You’ll be surprised at the findings. Tagovailoa finished his rookie season with a 6-3 record in nine starts, with 11 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, an 87.1 passer rating, and an average of 200.5 yards passing in his nine starts. Comparing rookie seasons, those numbers were better than the likes of Josh Allen, Eli Manning, Matthew Stafford, Ryan Tannehill, and Derek Carr. Tua was clearly statistically worse than Justin Herbert, Baker Mayfield, Russell Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger, Deshaun Watson, and Dak Prescott. He was on par with, or slightly behind, these QBs as rookies: Andrew Luck, Joe Burrow, Matt Ryan, and Kyler Murray. He was also better as a rookie than three Hall of Famers who debuted last century: Peyton Manning (3-13 record, 26 TDs, 28 interceptions, 78.2 rating), John Elway (4-6, 7 TDs, 14 interceptions, 54.9 rating) and Troy Aikman (0-11, 9 TDs, 18 INTs, 55.7 rating). And now you know the rest of the story ... Be sure to check back daily for more BETCHA DIDN’T KNOW Expert nuggets worth their weight in gold.

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