Sunday’s matchup will pit two of the best rookies in the NFL against one another, and the winner of that battle could go a long way in determining the game’s outcome. Bradley Chubb leads all rookies with 12 sacks — and he’s hunting down the all-time rookie record of 14.5 — while Baker Mayfield leads all rookies in passing yards and touchdowns.
The two rookies got to know each other during the draft process, and Chubb left a good impression on Mayfield.
“Bradley’s a great guy and obviously very talented,” Mayfield said Tuesday. “Everything else speaks for itself. His play this year, I don’t think, to anybody, is a surprise. He’s been playing great, creating huge plays for that defense, and adding another presence on the other side of … Von [Miller].”
Mayfield has garnered similar praise from the Broncos.
“As far as his football abilities, it’s obvious he’s playing at a high level,” Head Coach Vance Joseph said Tuesday. “He’s pushing the ball down the field, and he’s making plays with his legs also. That’s surprising to me — that he’s making so many plays off-schedule, down the field. That makes him dangerous.”