If all NFL starting quarterbacks had remained healthy through the first two weeks of the regular season, no rookie quarterbacks currently would be playing. Instead, four rookies will start this weekend. And counting.
Then, Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a fluke knee injury. Four days later, the Eagles shipped starter Sam Bradford to Minnesota. Bradford would have been the Week One starter but for the trade; his absence opened the door for first-rounder Carson Wentz.
Next, the Browns went through two quarterbacks in two games, making the next very-young-man-up third-rounder Cody Kessler — a fresh-faced unrecognizable face who may join the ranks of the walking wounded before anyone figures exactly out who he is.
In addition to the four rookies who are now playing, the NFL currently has more than a few non-franchise quarterbacks, which could be a factor in the unexpected dip in TV viewership this year. From Tyrod Taylor to Ryan Fitzpatrick to Ryan Tannehill to Blake Bortles to Trevor Siemian to Derek Carr to Kirk Cousins to Brian Hoyer to Blaine Gabbert to Case Keenum, there’s not an overabundance of current quarterback sizzle in the NFL.