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Commanders’ Rookie QB Makes Interesting Comparisons

Commanders’ Rookie QB Makes Interesting Comparisons

The Washington Commanders, who have been dominated by the New York Giants for the past few years, are hoping to turn their luck around this season with the help of new franchise quarterback Jayden Daniels.

Daniels gained attention last year with his stellar play at LSU, throwing for 3,812 yards and 40 TDs, while also adding 1,134 yards and 10 TDs. Daniels’ stellar campaign earned him the Heisman trophy.

But according to a new ranking video, there are some concerns about his play and structure. Tribune Report Which He ranked Daniels 28thDaniels is 6-4 and 210 pounds, but he appears very skinny. He also tends to take more hits in the pocket than he should and will need to learn when to go to the ground in the NFL.

“More importantly, I worry about him being a pocket or scrambler. He’s not an extension of plays. And he’s not what we’ve seen from (Patrick) Mahomes, (Josh) Allen, (Joe) Burrow, the best quarterbacks on this list. He doesn’t have the ability to create often out of structure. He prefers to throw or run,” the host says in the video.

There seems to be concern here about Daniels’ ability to think outside the box when the play breaks down. If he’s forced out of the pocket, can he still look downfield and find an open receiver? Or will he look to run every time? The comparisons he makes later on are interesting.

“And this one’s kind of on the low end of the spectrum, Justin Fields style, and this one’s kind of on the high end of the spectrum, Jalen Hurts,” the video concludes.

Fields hasn’t shown much as a passer. He wasn’t at his best in Chicago, and the team couldn’t build pieces around him outside of DJ Moore.

But Fields hasn’t been able to work the field as well as other quarterbacks in the league. There have been plenty of instances this past season and in his career in general where he’s missed wide-open reads and has chosen to run the ball. Fields has potential, but there’s a reason the Bears traded him and took Caleb Williams at No. 1 overall.

As for Hurts, he’s shown to be a solid dual-threat quarterback. He was good as a starter in his first year in 2021, but then evolved into a better passer after the Eagles traded for AJ Brown ahead of the 2022 season.

Hurts’ completion percentage has improved from 61.3% in 2021 to over 65% in the next two seasons. Hurts has also rushed for over 600 yards and at least 10 touchdowns in every season since 2021, establishing himself as one of the league’s best running quarterbacks.

Daniels has a lot to prove before he can enter the league’s top dual-threat quarterback class, having yet to play a single snap. But as the No. 2 overall pick, Daniels will need to produce early if he wants to silence his critics.