NFL Rookie Quarterback Comparison - Week 5

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Week 5 of our weekly look at the five rookie quarterbacks starting for their respective teams. We look at the weekly and season stats for Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden, and Russell Wilson.

The NFL is preparing to kickoff Week 6 of the 2012 season with tomorrow's Thursday Night Football game. Before we get to that game, however, we need to take a look back at the Week 5 performances of the five rookie quarterbacks starting for their respective teams this week.

After Week 4's bye for Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, all five rookies were back in play this past week.

Listed in order in which they were selected in the 2012 Draft, here are the results from Week 4 for each rookie, as well as their season stats:

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1. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (2-2):

Comp Attempts Comp % Yds YPA TD INT Rate Rush Yds TD
Week 5 31 55 56.4 362 6.58 2 1 81.0 6 24 1
Season 96 177 54.2 1,208 6.83 7 5 77.1 16 104 1

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2. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins (2-3):

Comp Attempts Comp % Yds YPA TD INT Rate Rush Yds TD
Week 5 10 15 66.7 91 6.07 0 0 82.9 1 7 0
Season 96 139 69.1 1161 8.35 4 1 101.0 40 259 4

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3. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (2-3):

Comp Attempts Comp % Yds YPA TD INT Rate Rush Yds TD
Week 5 17 26 65.4 223 8.58 0 0 92.3 4 -4 0
Season 97 169 57.4 1269 7.51 2 6 70.4 13 12 1

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4. Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns (0-5):

Comp Attempts Comp % Yds YPA TD INT Rate Rush Yds TD
Week 5 22 35 62.9 291 8.31 2 2 84.3 1 2 0
Season 112 202 55.4 1288 6.38 5 9 64.5 5 33 0

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5. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (3-2):

Comp Attempts Comp % Yds YPA TD INT Rate Rush Yds TD
Week 5 19 25 76.0 221 8.84 1 2 82.3 5 12 0
Season 79 125 63.2 815 6.52 5 6 75.3 27 92 0

Andrew Luck had the best day among the five rookies, while Robert Griffin III, the clear leader on the season, had the worst day, for the concussion-obvious reasons. RG3 is reportedly doing well after a hit very similar to the one we all thought killed Pat White. Luck joined RG3, Tannehill, and Cam Newton in the 1,000 yards in their first four games club, Brandon Weeden and Russell Wilson both stepped up their game this week, although neither has had a dominating day yet.

Ryan Tannehill, meanwhile, came back down to Earth some after his ridiculous Week 4, but still had the top passer rating among the rookies and led the Dolphins to their second win of the season. In doing so, Tannehill became the first rookie in NFL history to throw for 1,250+ yards and win two games in his first five starts.

What are your thoughts on the rookies so far in 2012?

[Picture Credits: Andrew Luck picture courtesy Brian Spurlock - US PRESSWIRE 10/7/12; Robert Griffin III picture courtesy Brad Mills - US PRESSWIRE 10/7/12; Ryan Tannehill picture courtesy Andrew Weber - US PRESSWIRE 10/7/12; Brandon Weeden picture courtesy Anthony Gruppuso - US PRESSWIRE 10/7/12; Russell Wilson picture courtesy Jeremy Brevard - US PRESSWIRE 10/7/12]

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