Newly Acquired QBs: Who Out-Shined The Rest?

Fletcher KellyContributor IAugust 16, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 14:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets celebrates a completion against the St. Louis Rams during their preseason game at Giants Stadium on August 14, 2009  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

There has been a large amount of wheel-and-dealing at the QB position this year. With the first week of preseason coming to an end, there is a question in all of our minds: who has performed the best?

Jay Cutler: Da Bears
The Bears' new quarterback displayed his strong arm on some throws, but appeared shaky on others. Cutler went three-and-out on his first drive, threw an interception on his second, and nearly had an under-thrown pass picked off on his third. He finished 5-of-10 passing for 64 yards. I'm not sure who got the worse end of the deal: da Bears with Cutler or the Broncos with Orton.

Josh Freeman: The Bucs
For Josh Freeman to make a run at starting, he had to show us something amazing. He didn't do that. Don't get me wrong; he's good, but he isn't better than Leftwich or McCown. He isn't right now, anyways. Freeman has star potential. His great size has NFL written all over him.

Matt Cassell: The Chiefs
Rusty, rusty, rusty. The former Patriots QB played in three series during his Chiefs debut, but he failed to put the team into scoring position, or past the 50-yard line for that matter. I know I can't criticize a QB when he only throws five balls, but he didn't look like things were clicking.

Matthew Stafford: The Lions
In his first series, No. 1 overall draft pick Matthew Stafford proved that he has an NFL arm, but Detroit's receivers dropped several of his passes (they didn't have star wide-out Calvin Johnson).  Then in the third quarter, the former Georgia standout threw a pick-six. But he regrouped, and on the next series, Stafford threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Williams, a rookie WR out of Penn State. Stafford finished with 114 yards on 7-of-14 passing.

Mark Sanchez: The Jets
Mark Sanchez knows how to make an entrance: In his first play from scrimmage as an NFL quarterback, the Jets' rookie quarterback threw a 48-yard pass to David Clowney. Do you remember Matt Ryan's first NFL pass? It was a sixty-two yard bomb. Albeit, Sanchez's pass wasn't a touchdown, but you get the point.

With that said, who played the best? I say Sanchez.

Who do you think shined this week?