Quarterbacks are a vital part of any NFL team’s success. It is hard to find a good quarterback that a franchise can hang onto for a significant amount of time, but that doesn’t stop teams from trying. The hunt for the right quarterback often means giving rookie quarterbacks a try at leading the team.
The Saints came into the NFL in the late 1960s and had some rough years ahead of them. They would eventually become a formidable team to contend with over time. The team has also had some great players over the years, including at the quarterback position. What about those rookie quarterbacks though?
What rookie quarterbacks have had the five best passing days in New Orleans Saints history?
#5 – John Fourcade
John Fourcade was a rookie in 1987 and though he did not last long with the team or in the league, he did have his bright spots. In a 37-10 win over the the Los Angeles Rams in the third game of the season he posted an impressive 76.2 completion percentage when he went 16 of 21 for 222 yards and three touchdowns.
#4 – Bobby Hebert
Bobby Hebert came to the New Orleans Saints from the USFL and in his rookie season in 1985, he appeared to be just what the team needed. In a 31-19 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, he would complete 20 of 34 passes for 254 yards and one touchdown.
#3 – Jake Delhomme
Jake Delhomme would go on to make a name for himself with the Carolina Panthers, but in 1999 he spent his rookie year with the Saints. In a 31-24 win over the Dallas Cowboys in week 16, he completed 16 of 27 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns.
#2 – Aaron Brooks
Aaron Brooks was a 24 year old rookie in 2000 and in the second to last game of the year, a 23-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons, he come pleted 24 of 35 passes for 285 yards.
#1 – Aaron Brooks
Aaron Brooks had his best statistical outing however in a 38-23 loss to the Denver Broncos in week 14 of the season. He finished the game completing 30 of 48 passes for 441 yards and two touchdowns.