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Red Zone Read | Daily Brew

We interrupt the coaching search topic to look back at one of the positive developments from 2021: sneaky good red zone efficiency.

What if I told you (hey, isn't that a 30 for 30 promo intro?) that Davis Mills led all NFL QBs with a 116.8 passer rating in the red zone?

I'm not talking about leading rookie QBs, I mean ALL QBs.

The sample size isn't huge but it's certainly eye-opening. He completed 66.7% of his passes from inside the 20-yard-line for eight touchdowns and zero picks.

And as nice as that is to see from your rookie quarterback, this isn't just a Mills hype piece. Rookie tight end Brevin Jordan and rookie wideout Nico Collins figured into the mix, catching a combined three of the eight close-range scoring strikes.

When Mills hit Collins on the slant pattern to get into the end zone in the Charger game, Jimmy Morrissey snapped him the ball. Three rookies touched the ball on that play. Jordan was also on the field for the play. Rookies galore! (these are the things I think about in my spare time).

What does it all mean? Well, it's another one of the many things this organization can take into the offseason and add to, as we head into year two of the Caserio era and the start of a new head coaching regime.

One more thing on Mills – he completed 66.8 percent of his passes in 2021, the third-best completion percentage by a rookie quarterback since the 1950 NFL season (min. 250 attempts). A very nice start. Can't wait for what's next!

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