Week one of the 2022 NFL season highlighted a common theme across the league. Quarterbacks who did not play during the preseason found themselves rusty to begin the year. Six 2021 playoff teams lost their opening week games.
The list of quarterbacks who did not play during preseason includes:
- Lamar Jackson
- Joe Burrow
- Justin Herbert
- Aaron Rodgers
- Matthew Stafford
- Kirk Cousins
- Russell Wilson
- Derek Carr
- Kyler Murray
- Dak Prescott
- Ryan Tannehill
Only three out of eleven quarterbacks who sat during the preseason ended up leading their team to a week one victory. Heavy favorites such as the Packers, Titans, Broncos, and the Bengals found themselves 0-1 to start the year.
The Cardinals in particular sat a majority of their starters during all three preseason games. Kyler Murray failed to throw for over 200 yards which only happened once in 2021.
The Tennessee Titans are another example of a team falling just short after resting their quarterback throughout the preseason. Ryan Tannehill finished with a completion percentage of 60.61 which is his third lowest since week 15 of 2020. The Titans fell to the New York Giants with a final score of 21-20.
Should teams give their quarterbacks playing time during the preseason?