Top 10 NFL Quarterbacks Heading Into the Offseason

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Top 10 NFL Quarterbacks Heading Into the Offseason

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Top 10 NFL Quarterbacks Heading Into the Offseason

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With the NFL season over now, it’s time to shift focus towards the offseason. Many teams are searching for their franchise quarterback while others have found their guy and are looking to fill out the roster around them. The quarterback position is the most important in the game of football and it is fun to discuss where the games best players stand in terms of comparisons. The NFL is full of young talent at the quarterback position and the league is in good hands going forward. Here are my top ten quarterback rankings heading into the offseason:

  1. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders

-Carr had a good year for himself and changed the way many around the league view him. He led the Raiders to the playoffs this past season despite all the challenges that surrounded the team. He finished the year with a 10-7 record while throwing for 4,804 yards, 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He completed 68.4 percent of his passes and was the calm presence needed for Vegas throughout the season. His 2021 season showed that he is capable of being the Raiders quarterback going forward and there is now talk of him getting a big contract extension as well.

  1. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

-Jackson, like the entire Ravens team dealt with numerous injuries throughout the season but he still showed that he could carry a team. He looked like the frontrunner for MVP through the first five or so weeks of the season and then fell off a bit. He still is a terror to opposing defenses with his running game and has since improved his passing as well. In 12 games, he finished throwing for 2,882 yards with 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. On the ground he added in 767 yards and two touchdowns before he got injured. Most likely, he would have helped the Ravens limp into the playoffs if he doesn’t get injured and that is a testament to his skillset.

  1. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals

-Murray had a weird 2021 season as he was great early and then struggled as the season wound down. He did get hurt at one point in the season, but he and the Cardinals did find themselves in the playoff as a wild card team. He finished the season throwing for 3,787 yads with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing 69.2 percent of his passes. He added 423 yards on the ground and five touchdowns, making him one of the best dual-threat players in the league. He can be one of the most electric quarterbacks in the league but needs to show more consistency down the stretch of seasons. Both he and the Cardinals should be in good shape for next season as Murray looks to be the real deal at quarterback.

  1. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

-Prescott had a great season coming off a bad injury he suffered in 2020. He threw for 4,449 yards with 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing 68.8 percent of his passes. Much like Kyler Murray, Prescott showed accuracy, rhythm, and strong decision-making early in the season but shifted towards more erratic play late in the year. He showed his ability this season coming off the injury and it jolted him back into the top quarterback conversation. If he can work on his decision-making, Prescott has the tools to become a special player and possibly lead the Cowboys to where they want to go.

  1. Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams

-It may be strange to put the quarterback that just won the Super Bowl at number six but with the talent in this league, that is exactly where Stafford lands. His arm talent is special and continues to be as he ages. He finished the year throwing for 4,886 yards with 41 touchdowns and 17 interceptions while completing 67.2 percent of his passes. It is no coincidence that the first season he goes to a competent franchise, he wins the championship, and he sets the Rams up in a decent spot to try and repeat next season. The Rams traded for Stafford for him to win big games for them and he did that to a tee. He led a game-winning touchdown drive in the late stages of the Super Bowl and turned himself into a championship winning quarterback.

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