Every week we will bring you a selection of the best throws from quarterbacks across the NFL. Did you see an amazing throw worthy of inclusion? If so, you can tweet @TheQBList on Twitter to let us know and we’ll give you a shout-out here in the article if your tip makes the cut.
Jalen Hurts to Quez Watkins
After a dominant performance in Week 1, Jalen Hurts produced another impressive performance despite the Eagles losing to the 49ers. Hampered by bad playcalling and defensive indiscipline, the Eagles threw this game away against a turgid 49ers offense. Facing an aggressive defensive line from his own 3-yard line midway through the second quarter, Hurts stood stout in the pocket to deliver this missile to 2020 sixth-round wideout Quez Watkins. The former Oklahoma Sooner is playing with great confidence and trust in his own ability. The coaching staff just need to match him. Criminally, the Eagles failed to come away with any points from this drive after this throw. Dreadful playcalling.
Mac Jones to Jakobi Meyers
Mac Jones put in another solid if somewhat unspectacular performance to pick up his first win as the starting quarterback of the New England Patriots. As Bill Belichick made life difficult for Jets rookie Zach Wilson, Jones went about his business diligently. His offensive line is far from formidable and he spent most of the first half dumping the ball off, however, he did manage to pull out this beautiful back-shoulder throw to Jakobi Meyers down the sideline when under pressure deep in his own territory. Jones called an audible at the line of scrimmage when he saw the defensive formation. Classy from the rookie, but what a gorgeous throw this is!
Trevor Lawrence to Marvin Jones Jr.
Only one of the rookie quarterbacks has looked more accomplished than Jones in the first two games of the year, and that is Trevor Lawrence. Unfortunately for the number one overall pick in the 2021 draft, he is on a rebuilding Jacksonville team that looks hapless right now and devoid of elite talent, especially on defense. Still, the former Clemson quarterback has come out looking extremely good as both a leader and a passer. This perfectly timed throw on 3rd-and-13 to Marvin Jones Jr. for the touchdown is about as good as it gets from any signal-caller from around the league. Lawrence outwitted top cornerback Kyle Fuller with this throw – credit to Jones for a well-run route too.
Derek Carr to Foster Moreau
Derek Carr has come out with his foot on the accelerator this season, determined to finally prove his worth as a starting quarterback in the National Football League. Knocking off the Ravens and Steelers defense in back-to-back weeks is no easy task but Carr has performed with aplomb. My favorite throw in the win over Pittsburgh came at a key time in the third quarter with the Raiders leading by just two points. After hitting Henry Ruggs for a big gain down the middle, Carr then lofted a perfectly placed throw into the end zone on first down for tight end Foster Moreau to extend the Raiders’ lead to nine. Carr keeps on rolling!
Josh Allen to Stefon Diggs
They say that in the NFL a quarterback should never try to attempt to throw the ball across his body towards the other side of the field. Well, Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen thinks otherwise. The vision, arm strength, and ability to execute this dart to Stefon Diggs for six left me speechless
Justin Herbert to Keenan Allen
This throw from Justin Herbert to Keenan Allen is just…wow! Facing third-and-long with his team trailing in the third quarter, Allen stepped up and hit Allen beautifully despite good coverage underneath and over the top. A pinpoint throw that left us gasping then freaking out with excitement.
Matthew Stafford to Robert Woods
The improvement visible in the Rams offense since they traded for Matthew Stafford from the Lions has been remarkable. With two wins to start the season, the ceiling for this offense is extremely high. Stafford brings a steady veteran presence that the Rams’ previous quarterback, Jared Goff severely lacked. He also manipulates defenses with his footwork and eye movement to create passing lanes for his receivers. The standout thing about this throw to Robert Woods that extended the Rams’ lead in the second quarter was Stafford’s use of different arm angles to make plays. Elite stuff.
Sam Darnold to Brandon Zylstra
It would be unfair not to recognize former New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and his impressive start to the season with his new team, the Carolina Panthers. Darnold looks prepared, relaxed, and accomplished under Matt Rhule and Offensive Coordinator Joe Brady, who seem to have given the former first-round pick a new lease of life. We loved this throw-on-the-run to cap a rhythmic Panthers opening drive that resulted in a score for depth receiver Brandon Zylstra. It’s the kind of throw you thought he would never pull off with the Jets. And that is encouraging.
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