The 2020 offseason was not like some other we have seen in a very long time, and for causes aside from the coronavirus pandemic throwing various monkey wrenches into the equation.
Cam Newton, Teddy Bridgewater, Tom Brady, Nick Foles, Philip Rivers, Joe Flacco, Jameis Winston all will probably be donning new colours heading into the 2020 season, and so, so many extra are coping with heightened expectations as the ability within the AFC and NFC each shift.
Each quarterback within the NFL is coping with stress, and each quarterback is coping with completely different expectations given their manufacturing, standing with the franchise and possession’s future plans, however so many are coping with heightened expectations and have one thing to show: whether or not that is to their organizations for brand spanking new contract or placing hopes on the longer term, or silencing critics as soon as and for all.
Each QB has one thing to show, however listed below are the 10 with essentially the most to show heading into 2020:
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10. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
2019 stats: 16 video games/16 begins, Eight-Eight report, Four,902 yards (227 dashing yards), 30 TDs, 11 INTs, 65.1 % completion fee, 99.7 passer ranking
So far as expertise goes, we just about know who Dak Prescott is now. With the addition of wideout CeeDee Lamb, Mike McCarthy calling performs and a nonetheless top-tier offensive line, then there’s little expectation that Prescott ought to regress in 2020.
That mentioned, Dallas clearly did not consider that Prescott was price assembly his asking value on, and that is one thing of a rarity amongst groups who consider they’ve a franchise quarterback. Franchise quarterbacks receives a commission, and there is normally reasonable ranges of haggling, however by no means a franchise standoff like we noticed between Dallas and Prescott.
Prescott, who’s going to play 2020 on the franchise tag, continues to be in search of a long-term extension from Jerry Jones and he’ll have to attend till after the 2020 season to get it. If Prescott desires to be the subsequent $200 million man within the NFL, then he’ll need to show he is the actual deal in McCarthy’s system.
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9. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
2019 stats: 15 video games/15 begins, 13-2 report, Three,127 yards (1,206 dashing yards), 36 TDs (7 dashing TDs), 6 INTs, 66.1 % completion fee, 113.Three passer ranking
It is onerous to knock a man who simply gained the league MVP, however the greatest query for Jackson is: Are you able to do it once more?
Jackson has vocal critics for his seeming incapability to hold a sport along with his arm over his legs, and along with his poor playoff passing stats — 31-for-59 passing for 365 yards, a landing and two interceptions within the Ravens’ 2019 matchup in opposition to the Titans — then there’s trigger to consider he won’t be capable to.
Whereas Jackson is actually environment friendly when throwing the ball (66.1 completion proportion and 36 touchdowns in 2019) and can proceed to win video games operating earlier than passing, in a pass-happy league, it is price bearing out to see how lengthy Jackson can proceed to hurry his method to dominance. Franchises additionally should not be hinging all of their hopes by letting their QBs take extra hits than they need to be. In actual fact, Jackson has set the report for many dashing makes an attempt by a QB in every of the final two seasons.
Whereas Jackson might be the exception to letting QBs run wild, Jackson goes to want to proceed to evolve as a passer, just because Greg Roman’s offense seemingly will not work perpetually — offenses within the NFL by no means do.
If he can construct on his MVP marketing campaign whereas demonstrating he can proceed to enhance as a passer, then there isn’t any doubt that Jackson and Patrick Mahomes will proceed to smash the NFL and meet in January on the AFC championship sport for years to come back.
Eight. Dwayne Haskins, Washington
2019 stats: 9 video games/7 begins, 2-5 report, 1,365 yards (101 dashing yards), 7 TDs, 7 INTs, 58.6 % completion fee, 76.1 passer ranking
Haskins is in a scenario that is not a complete lot higher than what Josh Rosen walked into with Arizona just a few years in the past, and whereas there have been moments of potential flashed in 2020, Haskins had a largely eh rookie 12 months in Washington.
The Washington Soccer Workforce seemingly does not wish to hit reset on the QB place once more after their troubles since 2013: drafted Robert Griffin III in 2012, turned the keys over to Kirk Cousins in 2015, traded for Alex Smith who suffered a grotesque leg damage, then drafted Dwayne Haskins, who regarded overmatched at completely different factors all through the 2019 season.
With a extra steady teaching scenario round him and Smith again on the sideline to problem or mentor him, Haskins’ scenario is at the very least barely improved from 2019. His talent place group continues to be questionable, however he ought to be afforded context when evaluating him this 12 months.
7. Sam Darnold, Jets
2019 stats: 13 video games/13 begins, 7-6 report, Three,024 yards (62 dashing yards), 19 TDs (2 dashing TDs), 13 INTs, 61.Four % completion fee, 84.Three passer ranking
Darnold continues to be coping with a questionable supporting solid and training workers, however with an (on-paper) improved offensive line and talent place group, then there ought to be sufficient there for the third-year Trojan to silence some critics heading into his junior 12 months within the NFL.
Whereas his passing numbers aren’t practically as poorly skewed because the going narrative would have you ever consider, there must be a greater degree of well being and consistency for Darnold in Yr Three. Some context: Of Darnold’s 13 interceptions, eight of them came visiting a hellacious three-game stretch vs. New England, Jacksonville and Miami early within the 12 months, and he completed robust, throwing 12 touchdowns to only 4 interceptions over his final seven video games.
Whereas Darnold continues to be simply 23 — even youthful than this 12 months’s No. 1 total decide Joe Burrow — age and potential cannot be leaned on perpetually within the NFL, particularly with a group that’s going to have to begin sinking extra money into different areas of the roster in coming years. The group additionally goes to want to know what he’s earlier than placing a deal on a potential contract extension within the coming years.
6. Josh Allen, Payments
2019 stats: 16 video games/16 begins, 10-6 report, Three,089 yards (510 dashing yards), 20 TDs (9 dashing TDs), 9 INTs, 58.Eight % completion fee, 85.Three passer ranking
Josh Allen’s bodily traits are arguably second to none within the NFL, however as a pure passer, there’s nonetheless a variety of work to be carried out. With a wonky, sub-60 % profession completion fee and accuracy questions aplenty, Allen must proceed to enhance on his passing potential like he did in 2019.
Whereas Buffalo will definitely give Allen each alternative to succeed — they traded for Stefon Diggs to present him a real No. 1 receiving goal — being an inaccurate deep thrower will not get you a lot or far in right this moment’s pass-happy NFL. Although his dashing talents actually add a dynamic component to his sport, he’ll have to indicate the franchise-altering passer that groups must compete for Tremendous Bowls in 2020.
With Diggs, Devin Singletary and John Brown flanking Allen, he has the weapons to enhance, and 2020 goes to be an enormous 12 months for him to indicate he can proceed to develop.
5. Cam Newton, Patriots
2019 stats: 2 video games/2 begins, Zero-2 report, 572 yards (-2 dashing yards), Zero TDs, 1 INT, 56.2 % completion fee, 71.Zero passer ranking
The curiosity of Cam Newton’s signing stays shrouded in thriller: when wholesome, Newton is a professional offensive expertise, however groups did not precisely breaking down Newton’s door or blow up his agent’s telephone making an attempt to signal him this offseason. Sadly for Newton, that “when wholesome” bit is the query.
Whereas Newton’s long-term future seemingly is not in New England, there isn’t any doubt that he’ll have the chance to begin someplace once more come the 2021 season, be it with the Patriots or elsewhere, if he stays wholesome and performs properly. He has probability of doing each behind offensive line and beneath the tutelage of OC Josh McDaniels, who will discover inventive methods to make use of Newton’s skillset. Whereas beginning quarterback jobs within the NFL aren’t all the time up for grabs, there’s additionally little doubt that the previous league MVP is without doubt one of the greatest 32 starters within the league. He is obtained an opportunity to show that this 12 months.
A lot of what Newton’s 2020 season will probably be: what can he do whereas wholesome and if he can nonetheless play to a Professional-Bowl degree? If he can reply within the affirmative to each of these questions, then he’ll be in for one final, massive payday earlier than using off into the sundown. If not, then he’ll be ready for much longer for a job subsequent time round.
Four. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
2019 stats: 16 video games/16 begins, 13-Three report, Four,002 yards (183 dashing yards), 26 TDs (1 dashing TD), Four INTs, 62.Zero % completion fee, 95.Four passer ranking
The NFL world was rocked when the Packers chosen Aaron Rodgers’ inheritor obvious within the first spherical of the 2020 NFL Draft, proving as soon as once more that time is a flat circle.
Jordan Love’s on-field debut may are available in aid or choose packages in 2020, however his beginning QB debut positively is not coming this 12 months, barring damage to Rodgers.
However when will it come? Will it’s subsequent 12 months? The 12 months after that?
A lot of the timetable of when Love will take the reins from Rodgers is dictated by how good Rodgers is that this 12 months, interval. Nonetheless one of the vital bodily gifted and correct QBs within the league, Rodgers is without doubt one of the handful of professional franchise quarterbacks who can carry a group on his again and can his group to victory. There’s not a lot room for debate there. What’s up for argument is how quickly the Packers wish to half from the previous league MVP and Tremendous Bowl champ.
The Packers can be foolish to surrender on Rodgers earlier than he begins exhibiting cracks within the armor — however Rodgers nonetheless has to show he can play properly sufficient to carry off Love’s arrival in Inexperienced Bay. Do not guess in opposition to him.
Three. Derek Carr, Raiders
2019 stats: 16 video games/16 begins, 7-9 report, Four,054 yards (82 dashing yards), 21 TDs (2 dashing TDs), Eight INTs, 70.Four % completion fee, 100.Eight passer ranking
Whereas some anticipated Carr to be gone after the primary 12 months of the Jon Gruden-Carr pairing, it did not occur. Then some waited Carr to hit the market after the second 12 months of the Gruden-Carr marriage. Nonetheless nothing. Now, within the third 12 months between the 2, it feels just like the sands are winding down on the Carr period in silver and black.
It actually appears like Derek Carr is a lifeless QB strolling in Las Vegas, and it is time for him to place all of the chips in the midst of the desk and show he can take the Raiders to the promised land. Or at the very least greater than one other 7-9.
Who can blame the Las Vegas entrance workplace for eager to look towards the longer term? With a 2020 draft class loaded in potential QB expertise, Gruden — who loves virtually each QB he ever comes throughout — goes to have a lot to select from ought to Carr proceed to be good however not franchise-elevating.
The Raiders have carried out job of surrounding Carr with offensive expertise and we’ll see if Carr can develop fast chemistry with first-round decide Henry Ruggs III. If not, then Marcus Mariota is perhaps taking snaps for the Raiders by the point Week 17 rolls round.
2. Tom Brady, Buccaneers
2019 stats: 16 video games/16 begins, 12-Four report, Four,057 yards (26 dashing yards), 24 TDs (Three dashing TDs), Eight INTs, 60.Eight % completion fee, 88.Zero passer ranking
It is not straightforward to make a case for a six-time Tremendous Bowl champion as somebody who has one thing left to show, however this goes past stats and rings.
The talk has already raged for years: was the New England dynasty’s success a product of Brady, coach Invoice Belichick or one thing symbiotic? We’ll get the reply to that in 2020, so long as Brady stays on the sector.
The 43-year-old is taking part in in a completely loaded offense that options Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski and is headed up by offensive mastermind Bruce Arians. Whereas a variety of Brady’s previous couple of years in new England could be attributed to an absence of weapons, how a lot has age performed into Brady’s manufacturing, too? In any case, soccer is a younger man’s sport and Brady is something however at this level.
Father Time stays undefeated, and Brady has an enormous two-year contract with Tampa Bay, and the clock for successful one other Lombardi Trophy began ticking the second pen met paper on that deal. A lot of Brady’s legacy goes to be written by what occurs whereas he is beneath middle for the Bucs — truthful or not. Can he show he wasn’t a Belichick product, or is he really greater than that?
1. Baker Mayfield, Browns
2019 stats: 16 video games/16 begins, 6-10 report, Three,827 yards (141 yards), 22 TDs (Three dashing TDs), 21 INTs, 59.Four % completion fee, 78.Eight passer ranking
With a brand new head coach, a still-loaded talent place pool and an upgraded offensive line, there are minimal excuses baked in for Mayfield in 2020.
The promotion of Freddie Kitchens heading into 2020 felt like a transfer to appease Mayfield, who had developed a rapport with him following the firing of Hue Jackson his rookie 12 months. Mayfield is coming into his third 12 months — and his third head coach — within the league, and after a 22 TD/21 INT marketing campaign, the jury could be very a lot out on whether or not or not he is the QB of the longer term in Cleveland.
He is actually obtained a variety of issues figuring out in his favor heading into the season: Kevin Stefanski has a confirmed monitor report (albeit in a brief resume as OC) of getting essentially the most out of each quarterback and extensive receiver in Minnesota, the place each Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen have been big-play, big-production receivers for Kirk Cousins.
That manufacturing ought to translate to Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry and Baker Mayfield, ought to they keep wholesome and Mayfield attain his at listing a bit extra of his potential beneath middle.
Nonetheless, a brand new head coach may need his personal man, a GM may really feel the identical manner, and Mayfield is a holdover from the earlier regime. With the intention to put these doubts to sleep and cement himself as Cleveland’s savior as many thought he was Yr 1 in Cleveland, then Mayfield has to have a not good, not nice however a monster 12 months in 2020.