Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert and Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill both will start for their respective teams this season. Both quarterbacks are part of a new generation of quarterbacks that are thrust into starting roles almost immediately.
Gabbert, 22 years old, is the youngest quarterback in the AFC South, a division that has three quarterbacks under the age of 24. The eldest quarterback in the division is 31-year-old Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans. Just how many quarterbacks in the NFL are starting with either one year or no experience under their belts? Check the answer after the break.
After Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll announced that quarterback Russell Wilson will start for his team, he became the tenth quarterback either in their rookie season or second year to be named a starter. That doubles the record of five, according to NFL Networks' Scott Hanson.
Gabbert, Tannehill and Wilson join fellow quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Christian Ponder, Jake Locker, Brandon Weeden, Andy Dalton and Cam Newton in starting with little NFL time under their belts.