The Buffalo Bills came into pro football in 1960 and have had a number of very successful eras, including four straight Super Bowl appearances. Over the years, the Bills have had some great players, even at the position of quarterback. Finding a good quarterback is tough though, even tougher when you’re talking about finding a good rookie quarterback.
Who is the best rookie quarterback in Buffalo Bills history though?
Joe Ferguson – 1973
In 1973, Joe Ferguson was a rookie quarterback for the Bills during a time when the team’s offense was centered around star running back O.J. Simpson. He would finish the season having completed 73 of 164 passes for 939 yards, four touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
Johnny Green – 1960
It was the Bills’ first year in football and though they tried three different rookie quarterbacks out that season, the best numbers were put up by Johnny Green. He would finish the season having completed 89 of 228 passes for 1,267 yards, 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Trent Edwards – 2007
Trent Edwards was looked at with a lot of hope in 2007 and he didn’t fare too badly as far as rookie quarterbacks go. He started nine games that season and finished with 151 completions on 269 attempts for 1,630 yards with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Dennis Shaw – 1970
In 1970, Dennis Shaw started 12 games for the Bills. He completed 178 passes on 321 attempts for 2,507 yards, 10 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.
Jim Kelly – 1986
After coming out of the University of Miami and then spending a few seasons in the United States Football League, Jim Kelly came to the Bills and had an awesome rookie season. He would complete 285 passes on 480 attempts for 3,593 yards, 22 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. By far, these are the best numbers put up by a Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback.