Second-year QBs, first-rate results
Recent second-year performances by highly touted quarterbacks:
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis, 2013: His passing yardage dropped, but INT rate dropped and completion percentage shot up; had 23 TD passes and 3,822 passing yards.
Robert Griffin III, Washington, 2013: After sensational rookie year, Griffin went from 20 TD passes to 16, from five INTs to 12, from a 102.4 rating to 82.2.
Russell Wilson, Seattle, 2013: After a surprise rookie season, Wilson stayed consistent with a 101.2 passer rating as the Seahawks won the Super Bowl.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami, 2013: He has been a starter from the opening game of his rookie season. His second year was an improvement to 3,913 yards and 24 TDs.
Cam Newton, Carolina, 2012: His stats dropped from his rookie season, but he still had 3,869 yards passing and 741 running. The first-round QB Class of 2011 also included Jake Locker (No. 8 overall by Tennessee, now retired); Blaine Gabbert (No. 10 by Jacksonville, now with San Francisco); and Christian Ponder (No. 12, Vikings, released last week by Oakland).
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco, 2012: Despite starting for only half the season, he led the 49ers to a Super Bowl; he passed for 263 yards and ran for 181 in a playoff victory over Green Bay.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati, 2012: A guy who improved each of his first three seasons, had 27 TDs and 3,669 passing yards in Year 2.
Ben Roethlisberger, above, Pittsburgh, 2005: The Steelers won the Super Bowl after he had 2,385 passing yards and 17 TDs.
Tom Brady, New England, 2001: Took over for injured Drew Bledsoe and passed for 2,843 yards and 18 touchdowns on the way to a Super Bowl title.
Jeff Garcia, San Francisco, 2000: Passed for 4,278 yards and ran for 414, and had 31 TD passes.
Daunte Culpepper, Vikings, 2000: Passed for 3,937 yards and 33 touchdowns, ran for 470 yards and seven TDs.
Kurt Warner, St. Louis, 1999: Passed for 4,353 yards and 41 TDs, posting a 109.2 rating as the Rams won a Super Bowl.
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, 1999: Led the Colts to a playoff berth with 4,135 passing yards and 26 TDs.
The gold standard
Dan Marino, above, Miami, 1984: Set then-NFL records with 48 touchdown passes and 5,084 yards as the Dolphins went 14-2 … but lost in his only Super Bowl.