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A closer look at the NFL’s new young guns

By Rick Stroud | Times Staff
Published: November 3, 2017 Updated: November 4, 2017 at 09:54 PM
WILL VRAGOVIC | Times Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) shakes hands with Chicago Bears center Hroniss Grasu (55) after the game between the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Chicago Bears 29-7.

Jameis Winston Tampa Bay

Age: 23

Drafted: 2015 with first overall pick out of Florida State

Record: 6-10 as a starter during his rookie season, 11-12 since. The Bucs are last in the NFC South this season at 2-5.

ESPN Total QBR: 40.8 (24th)

Noteworthy: Bucs are 29th in total defense. Winston suffered an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder at Arizona on Oct. 15.

Marcus Mariota Tennessee

Age: 24

Drafted: 2015 with second overall pick out of Oregon

Record: 3-9 as a starter during his rookie season, 12-9 since. The Titans lead the AFC South this season at 4-3.

ESPN Total QBR: 58.3 (11th)

Noteworthy: The Titans are averaging 124.6 rushing yards per game, which ranks eighth.

Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams

Age: 23

Drafted: 2016 with first overall pick out of California

Record: Rams are 5-2 this season, tied with Seahawks atop the NFC West (Seattle owns tiebreaker with 16-10 win in Week 5).

ESPN Total QBR: 52.7 (15th)

Noteworthy: Goff benefited from the change of head coaches and the arrival of Sean McVay.e_SClBCarson Wentz Philadelphia

Age: 24

Drafted: 2016 with No. 2 overall pick out of North Dakota State

Record: Eagles are 7-1 this season, the league’s best record.

ESPN Total QBR: 70.8 (third)

Noteworthy: Wentz has help. The Eagles are averaging 129.3 rushing yards per game, which ranks fifth in the league. They are 10th in scoring defense.

Dak Prescott Dallas

Age: 24

Drafted: 2016 with 13th overall pick (fourth round) out of Mississippi State.

Record: Cowboys are 17-6 in his two seasons

ESPN Total QBR: 74.0 (second)

Noteworthy: Cowboys are averaging 150.6 rushing yards per game, which ranks second in the league.

Deshaun Watson Houston

Age: 22.

Drafted: 2017 with 12th overall pick out of Clemson

Record: 3-3 as a starter

ESPN Total QBR: 81.9 (first)

Noteworthy: Watson, who passed for 400 yards and four touchdowns in a loss at Seattle last week, suffered a season-ending knee injury during practice Thursday.

Rick Stroud, Times staff writer