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NFL rookie QBs: When did they start?

The Tribune's Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer on the Bears' 19-7 preseason win over the Titans on Aug. 28, 2017.

As the Bears figure out what to do with rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky and veteran free agent Mike Glennon there are plenty of examples from across the league to look to. Among 46 top current NFL quarterbacks, 17 started in their first game as a rookie.

The Tribune looked at 25 quarterbacks selected in the top 10 picks of the NFL draft and 21 other current starters or notable QBs. The examples range from the Cowboys' Dak Prescott who started his first game as a rookie and brought Dallas to the playoffs last season to the Packers' Aaron Rodgers who started his 43rd game and knocked Prescott's Cowboys out of the playoffs.

Here are 46 QBs by when they started their first games.

Dak Prescott

Started in 1st game

Starter: Yes Dallas Cowboys   |   Career NFL passer rating: 104.9

Carson Wentz

Started in 1st game

Starter: Yes Philadelphia Eagles   |   Career NFL passer rating: 79.3

Marcus Mariota

Started in 1st game

Starter: Yes Tennessee Titans   |   Career NFL passer rating: 93.8

Jameis Winston

Started in 1st game

Starter: Yes Tampa Bay Buccaneers   |   Career NFL passer rating: 85.2

Derek Carr

Started in 1st game

Starter: Yes Oakland Raiders   |   Career NFL passer rating: 87.9

Robert Griffin III

Started in 1st game

Starter: No free agent   |   Career NFL passer rating: 88.4

Ryan Tannehill

Started in 1st game

Starter: Injured with Miami Dolphins   |   Career NFL passer rating: 86.5

Andrew Luck

Started in 1st game

Starter: Yes Indianapolis Colts   |   Career NFL passer rating: 87.3

Russell Wilson

Started in 1st game

Starter: Yes Seattle Seahawks   |   Career NFL passer rating: 99.6

Andy Dalton

Started in 1st game

Starter: Yes Cincinnati Bengals   |   Career NFL passer rating: 89.1

Cam Newton

Started in 1st game

Starter: Yes Carolina Panthers   |   Career NFL passer rating: 86.1

Sam Bradford

Started in 1st game

Starter: Yes Minnesota Vikings   |   Career NFL passer rating: 84.5

Mark Sanchez

Started in 1st game

Starter: No Chicago Bears   |   Career NFL passer rating: 73.9

Matthew Stafford

Started in 1st game

Starter: Yes Detroit Lions   |   Career NFL passer rating: 86.8

Joe Flacco

Started in 1st game

Starter: Yes Baltimore Ravens   |   Career NFL passer rating: 84.5

Matt Ryan

Started in 1st game

Starter: Yes Atlanta Falcons   |   Career NFL passer rating: 93.6

David Carr

Started in 1st game

Starter: No out of NFL   |   Career NFL passer rating: 74.9

Blaine Gabbert

Started in 3rd game

Starter: No Arizona Cardinals backup   |   Career NFL passer rating: 71.5

Ben Roethlisberger

Started in 3rd game

Starter: Yes Pittsburgh Steelers   |   Career NFL passer rating: 94.1

Joey Harrington

Started in 3rd game

Starter: No out of NFL   |   Career NFL passer rating: 69.4

Blake Bortles

Started in 4th game

Starter: Maybe Jacksonville Jaguars QB battle   |   Career NFL passer rating: 79.6

Mike Glennon

Started in 4th game

Starter: Yes Chicago Bears   |   Career NFL passer rating: 84.6

Teddy Bridgewater

Started in 4th game

Starter: Injured with Minnesota Vikings   |   Career NFL passer rating: 87

Vince Young

Started in 4th game

Starter: No out of NFL   |   Career NFL passer rating: 74.4

Byron Leftwich

Started in 4th game

Starter: No Arizona Cardinals QB coach   |   Career NFL passer rating: 78.9

Matt Leinart

Started in 5th game

Starter: No out of NFL   |   Career NFL passer rating: 70.2

Alex Smith

Started in 5th game

Starter: Yes Kansas City Chiefs   |   Career NFL passer rating: 85.3

Jared Goff

Started in 10th game

Starter: Yes Los Angeles Rams   |   Career NFL passer rating: 63.6

Eli Manning

Started in 10th game

Starter: Yes New York Giants   |   Career NFL passer rating: 83.7

Jay Cutler

Started in 12th game

Starter: Yes Miami Dolphins   |   Career NFL passer rating: 85.7

JaMarcus Russell

Started in 13th game

Starter: No out of NFL   |   Career NFL passer rating: 65.2

Kirk Cousins

Started in 14th game

Starter: Yes Washington Redskins   |   Career NFL passer rating: 93.6

Trevor Siemian

Started in 17th game

Starter: Yes Denver Broncos   |   Career NFL passer rating: 84.6

Jake Locker

Started in 17th game

Starter: No out of NFL   |   Career NFL passer rating: 79

Carson Palmer

Started in 17th game

Starter: Yes Arizona Cardinals   |   Career NFL passer rating: 88

Drew Brees

Started in 17th game

Starter: Yes New Orleans Saints   |   Career NFL passer rating: 96.3

Tom Brady

Started in 17th game

Starter: Yes New England Patriots   |   Career NFL passer rating: 97.2

Chad Henne

Started in 20th game

Starter: Maybe Jacksonville Jaguars QB battle   |   Career NFL passer rating: 75.5

Colin Kaepernick

Started in 26th game

Starter: No free agent   |   Career NFL passer rating: 88.9

Josh McCown

Started in 30th game

Starter: Yes New York Jets   |   Career NFL passer rating: 78.2

Tom Savage

Started in 31st game

Starter: Yes Houston Texans   |   Career NFL passer rating: 74.9

Philip Rivers

Started in 33rd game

Starter: Yes Los Angeles Chargers   |   Career NFL passer rating: 94.7

Aaron Rodgers

Started in 43rd game

Starter: Yes Green Bay Packers   |   Career NFL passer rating: 104.1

Brian Hoyer

Started in 53rd game

Starter: Yes San Francisco 49ers   |   Career NFL passer rating: 84.8

Brock Osweiler

Started in 58th game

Starter: No Cleveland Browns backup   |   Career NFL passer rating: 77.4

Tyrod Taylor

Started in 65th game

Starter: Yes Buffalo Bills   |   Career NFL passer rating: 92.3

SOURCES: NFL, Pro Football Reference

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