Taking a look at some numbers this morning, as most fans would likely expect after watching the Patriots 47-12 week one win over the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett’s performances were among the tops in the league through one game.
In terms of total passing yards, Hoyer and Mallet rank #5 and #6 respectively, while Hoyer finished with the league’s best quarterback rating among players with significant playing time (111.4) after completing 15-of-21 for 171 yards and a touchdown.
Mallett finished with the 2nd longest pass play in the league for last week, which was the 50-yard catch and run pass to Taylor Price on the Patriots first 3rd down play of the 3rd quarter that helped set up Stevan Ridley 2nd touchdown run.
Here’s a look at the top 6 Quarterbacks by passing yards:
1: Stephen McGee (DAL) 14-of-24 208-yards 3 TD’s, 1 INT (Sacked 3 Times) QB Rating 109.0
2: Greg McElroy (NYJ) 23-of-39 208-yards 1 TD, (Sacked 5 Times) QB Rating 82.0
3: Rex Grossman (WAS) 19-of-26 207-yards 1 TD, QB Rating 109.0
4: Tyrod Taylor (BLT) 19-of-28 179-yards 0 TD’s, 2 INT’s (Sacked 3 Times) QB Rating 55.5
5: Brian Hoyer (NE) 15-of-21 171 yards, 1 TD QB Rating 111.4
6: Ryan Mallett (NE) 12-of-19 164 yards, 1 TD QB Rating 108.2
Just a note – in these rankings, there were only 36 quarterbacks last week who had 10 or more attempts, with Mallett and Hoyer obviously performing better than the majority of them. Hoyer was also among the league leaders in completions, finishing 4th with 15, while Mallett finished 10th with 12.
Needless to say it was a solid first week of work for the backups. We’ll see how they perform when the Patriots take on the Buccanners down in Tampa Bay Thursday night.