There is always a hype around rookie quarterbacks.
Whether or when they’ll knock down an entrenched starter, how their game will translate to the NFL, or how long before they’re labeled as a star or bust, rookie quarterbacks always generate a lot of discussion.
Over the past month, this has been all the more true as fans have put their money where their mouths are and given away two rookie callers – Mac Jones and Justin Fields – two of the top five selling jerseys since August 1. .
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Jones comes in at No.2, ahead of former New England legend and current Tampa Bay starter Tom Brady, while Fields is at No.4, ahead of 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.
Jones was named a starter in New England last month ahead of former MVP Cam Newton, who was later released by the Patriots. Meanwhile, Fields will be backing Andy Dalton in Chicago, despite Bears fans’ opinion of the decision.
It remains to be seen how long Jones and Fields will stay in the top five and whether they will stay ahead of Brady and Mahomes for the months to come. While that probably depends a lot on their performance, it’s quite an accomplishment considering none have taken a single official snap yet.
It is also possible that other renowned rookie quarterbacks like Trevor Lawrence of the Jaguars or Zach Wilson of the Jets will climb to the top of the best-selling jerseys as the season progresses.
However, from August 1 to November 1, 2020, the top five selling jerseys belonged to Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, George Kittle, Cam Newton and Lamar Jackson to round out the top five. During that time, the best-selling rookie jersey belonged to Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, who came in at No.9.