METAIRIE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Saints will face their second starting rookie quarterback of the season Sunday in Houston’s, CJ Stroud, who they got a taste of in their final preseason game. The number two overall pick is making a case for rookie of the year through the first five weeks.
Stroud hasn’t thrown an inception all season. He’s set an NFL record with 186 total passing attempts without an interception to begin his career. The Saints are certainly not treating Stroud like a rookie.
“You just see how effective it is in the run when he’s even when a QB scrambles, he actually knows how to run and knows how to read coverages,” Jordan Howden, Saints safety, said. “Just like I was saying, he got us a couple of times in coverages, so we just got to be able to keep him in the pocket and be able to make the coverage in the back end.”
“Me and my brother kind of talked about CJ before the season started, before the draft and all that,” Derek Carr, Saints quarterback, said. “Like we were talking about quarterbacks, really, we love this guy, you know, the way he carries himself, the, you know, the accuracy he throws with all those things. And so, I think the world of him. I think he’s going to be a great player for a long time.”
“He’s starting in the NFL right as a rookie and he’s set a record so far and he’s playing really well,” Alontae Taylor, Saints cornerback, said. “So, it’s not like, oh, now he’s playing well. So, we should be on high alert. I mean, starting quarterback for a really good team. So, you got to respect everything, quarterback like that.”
The Saints are 1-0 against rookie quarterbacks this season, defeating Bryce Young in week two and holding him to just 153 yards.