Giants’ Tommy DeVito to become 10th rookie QB to start game this season, most in NFL since 1950

New York Giants quarterback Tommy DeVito will become the 10th rookie QB to start a game in the NFL this season when he does so against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the most in a single campaign since 1950 (excluding 1987 when there was a player strike). Here’s what you need to know:


NFL starting QBs haven’t been this young in 60 years. Here’s what it could mean

The trend is younger QBs

NFL starting quarterbacks in Week 1 were younger by average age than any opening-week starters since 1957, and that average included 39-year-old Aaron Rodgers, subsequently injured. The league in recent seasons has watched a long list of veteran quarterbacks retire: Carson Palmer, Alex Smith, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan and Tom Brady. Throw in the usual injuries, plus maybe a couple unusual ones, and here we are, with an even younger group of players at the position. — Mike Sando, senior writer

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