Top five: NFL quarter-back debuts

Sport360 staff 12:31 15/09/2016
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Simply amazing: Debutants Newton, Griffin, Kelly, Frye and Bouman.

From Jimmy Garoppolo to Carson Wentz, Week 1 of the NFL season included some fine performances by quarterbacks making their first career start.

That got us thinking of the five best performances in history for first-time signal callers who dazzled in their debut.

Robert Griffin III

As a rookie with Washington, he showed his dual-threat abilities by tossing 320 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 42 yards in a victory over the Saints.

Cam Newton

The only first overall draft pick on the list, the Panthers QB torched Arizona for a rookie-record 422 yards and two touchdowns in a loss.

Jim Kelly

After spending two years in the USFL, Kelly joined Buffalo and was instantly amazing, throwing for 292 yards and three scores to beat the New York Jets.

Explosive start: Buffalo Bills QB Jim Kelly.

Explosive start: Buffalo Bills QB Jim Kelly.

Charlie Frye

Cleveland actually had some reason for hope when their ‘quarterback of the future’ attacked downfield for 226 yards and two scores in a loss to Jacksonville.

Oakland Raiders v Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Brown hero: Charlie Frye.

Todd Bouman

When filling in for Daunte Culpepper, the undrafted free agent was terrific with 348 yards to go with four scores and an interception in a loss to the Titans.

Titanic debut: Todd Bouman.

Titanic debut: Todd Bouman.

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