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Analysis: Second-year starting QBs

Tarvaris Jackson

For every Peyton Manning or Vince Young who has success starting as a true rookie in the NFL, there is a Joey Harrington or David Carr, who simply never pan out with the team that drafted them. The more proven pattern for success with young quarterbacks is when they spend most of their first full season in the wings behind someone else, mostly holding the clipboard.

It is rare for a quarterback, no matter how talented or how early they were drafted, to step right in and start as a rookie.  Even John Elway took his lumps when he was thrown to the wolves as a rookie with the Denver Broncos before launching on his Hall of Fame career in the NFL. Occasionally, a guy can survive being a starting quarterback right out of the gate.  Peyton Manning did okay...

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