Matt Miller’s Scouting Notebook: Don’t Panic About the Rookie QBs Just Yet

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If you’re like me, you make fun of preseason NFL depth charts while memorizing every one of them and getting excited about what the release of them means—the season is almost here! 

You’re excited about the release of those depth charts unless you’re a fan of the Chicago Bears or Kansas City Chiefs, that is. Otherwise, you’re panicking over the placement of rookies Mitchell Trubisky and Patrick Mahomes. 

Both Trubisky and Mahomes went off the board in the top 10 of the 2017 NFL draft after the Bears and Chiefs traded up to draft them—Trubisky at No. 2 and Mahomes at No. 10. Should we be surprised that both are listed as their respective teams’ third-string quarterback on the initial depth charts?

Not at all.

The Bears drafted Trubisky after signing free agent Mike Glennon to starter money. Kansas City drafted Mahomes to be its quarterback of the future once the team moves on from starter Alex Smith. Neither team drafted those players with 2017 in mind. 

There’s often a rush in the NFL to draft quarterbacks and immediately put them into the starting lineup, but the football people in Chicago and Kansas City are making the right move by letting Trubisky and Mahomes sit and develop with no pressure. When either player is ready to start, they will.

In the meantime, where they show up on the first depth chart of the preseason means nothing.

Here’s what else is going on this week:

  • Top five juniors for 2018’s draft
  • Tyreek Hill taking the next step
  • Devonta Freeman gets paid
  • Josh Rosen, student-athlete crusader
  • Alabama harder than the NFL?

—The Atlanta Falcons signed running back Devonta Freeman to a five-year, $41.25 million extension Wednesday, making him the league’s highest-paid running back, according to NFL Network’s Michael Silver. When I asked a competing NFL executive for his thoughts on the contract, he said, “Good luck with that one. Freeman isn’t worth top-five RB money.” We should all expect Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon…

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