The observe of ranking NFL quarterbacks has in no way been extra sturdy, on account of the league has in no way had this many sturdy QBs immediately. In 2019, the NFL continues to revenue from an intriguing intersection of future Hall of Famers and rising superstars.
Sporting News’ NFL employees – writers Vinnie Iyer, Bill Bender and Tadd Haislop – did not shrink again from the issue of this increasingly more troublesome offseason customized. Before you see our current report, nonetheless, be cautious of our requirements.
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These rankings are primarily based totally on how each QB carried out last season and the upside of how each may perform in 2019. No matter what variety of Super Bowl rings or MVP awards a QB has acquired, or the number of surroundings pleasant passing seasons he has posted beforehand, historic previous is a small part of the equation. We considered the place each QB ended up last season by means of effectiveness, manufacturing and sturdiness, after which we thought way more about how his experience and offensive help set him up for success (or lack thereof) this season.
Get it? Got it? Good. Let’s get into SN’s NFL quarterback rankings for 2019.
NFL quarterback rankings for 2019
The prime tier
(Elite QBs; most interesting MVP candidates.)
1. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
The reigning league MVP is seeing some personnel change spherical him, nonetheless his play last season proved how rather a lot he can elevate his backs, receivers and tight ends. Mahomes has raised the standard for all youthful weapons coming into the league.
2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
Rodgers is due for a sturdy, MVP-like season, and he’ll actually really feel rejuvenated with new, offensive-minded coach in Matt LaFleur letting him unfastened with a versatile receiving corps. LaFleur moreover will use the Green Bay’s strengths up entrance and throughout the backfield to full profit.
3. Tom Brady, Patriots
No matter how one measures his play, the GOAT was “only” superhuman last season, exhibiting mild decline at age 41. Brady might be getting used to life with out Rob Gronkowski in 2019 and leaning a bit of additional on the run, however it is onerous to rank him any lower until he retires.
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4. Drew Brees, Saints
Brees was correct there with Mahomes and Brady throughout the MVP dialog last season, and he is a type of legends many will develop to admire additional years down the road as soon as they give the impression of being once more on how prolific he was. Now at 40, Brees in a pair years would possibly even develop to be usually often known as a larger age-defier than Brady is now.
5. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
Wilson has had a roller-coaster offseason, first getting his massive contract after which shedding his longtime go-to man in Doug Baldwin. But right here is to a QB who persistently locations his employees on his once more, correct arm and legs. Wilson will need to do way more of that in 2019.
6. Andrew Luck, Colts
With his shoulder completely mended, his offensive line now a wall and his immersion proper right into a passing recreation that maximizes his intelligence full, Luck is once more as a result of the QB all people knew was a can’t-miss, psychological and bodily specimen for the place.
The second tier
(Slightly additional dependent nonetheless nonetheless good QBs helped by efficient offenses.)
7. Philip Rivers, Chargers
Rivers looks like a youthful 37 collectively along with his ironman standing. His two seasons with coach Anthony Lynn in Los Angeles have produced stellar play, throwing it once more to his late 20s.
8. Matt Ryan, Falcons
Ryan’s MVP yr in 2016 was written off as a late-career anomaly when he struggled beneath Steve Sarkisian the very subsequent season. In 2018, Ryan quietly rounded once more into that sort with comparable numbers. Now with a well-recognized new coordinator in Dirk Koetter, depend on the QB to adapt properly and uncover comfort quickly.
9. Baker Mayfield, Browns
This is not simply additional Cleveland hype for 2019. Mayfield put collectively a terrific rookie season, one that might have been even greater had Hue Jackson allowed him to compete for the job throughout the preseason, or had Freddie Kitchens been educating him all one of the best ways. Now Kitchens is doing merely that, and Mayfield has an elite No. 1 wideout in Odell Beckham Jr.
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10. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
No, we did not put Big Ben behind Baker merely to stir dialog throughout the AFC North. Given current trajectories, it made little sense to go the other method spherical. Roethlisberger might be impacted by the absence of Antonio Brown, and the Steelers will lean additional on the working recreation and safety this season to compensate for the fade in Roethlisberger’s athleticism and talent to carry the employees. Big Ben continues to be a efficient, profitable gunslinger, nonetheless going forward, Mayfield has the sting in intangibles.
11. Carson Wentz, Eagles
Wentz, a bodily and athletic freak who purchased sturdy MVP consideration in his second season sooner than his knee hurt, could possibly be ranked larger if not for issues about his sturdiness going into Year 4. He has likelihood to quickly change that narrative this season. The Eagles not have backup plan, they usually’re investing additional in Wentz’s playmakers and security.
12. Jared Goff, Rams
The notion that Goff is a system QB won’t be an insult; he should not apologize for his coach tailoring an offense to his strengths and allowing him to perform with the right broad receiver trio throughout the NFL. Goff proved last season he can get the job completed even when totally different parts of the offense won’t be working. It merely comes with additional streakiness than consistency.
The third tier
(Younger QBs who’ve confirmed flashes and are on the cusp of greatness.)
13. Deshaun Watson, Texans
Considering Watson has been working for his life behind what have been quite a few the NFL’s worst pass-protecting strains, he has completed properly to survive and uncover strategies to make performs. With the Texans’ investments at type out and with greater complete properly being amongst his targets, Watson in 2019 ought to have his most interesting passing season however, with a lot much less dependency on scrambling on the primary sign of trouble.
14. Dak Prescott, Cowboys
Prescott dazzled as a rookie in 2016 and slumped as a sophomore in 2017. Last season, he was nearer to his rookie form in a yr that largely landed between every extremes. Prescott purchased scorching throughout the second half of the season as quickly as he clicked with new No. 1 wideout Amari Cooper, making a trickle-down influence that ought to proceed with additional respected complete weapons in 2019.
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15. Mitchell Trubisky, Bears
Trubisky felt the free-wheeling groove in Matt Nagy’s offense last season, and he compensated for the passing lumps he took with fearless working and good, short-to-intermediate distributing to an array of targets. For Chicago to go further throughout the playoffs, its QB will need to current additional confidence.
16. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers
Jimmy G was a difficult QB to rank coming off a torn ACL, nonetheless sooner than he was injured last September, he confirmed indicators of his talent to delicate up a safety. He returns to a additional loaded offense with Tevin Coleman, Deebo Samuel and Jalen Hurd together with to Dante Pettis, George Kittle, Marquise Goodwin and Jerick McKinnon. Expect Garoppolo to select up the place he left off (after which some) in his true Year 2 beneath coach Kyle Shanahan.
The fourth tier
(Older QBs with some standout accomplishments, nonetheless stress to perform in 2019 is on.)
17. Matthew Stafford, Lions
Rumors have immediate Detroit simply these days considered altering Stafford and/or is contemplating altering him throughout the shut to future. The Lions lastly have succeeded with reigning throughout the high-volume gunslinger as they’ve shifted in the direction of a additional run-oriented offense. Stafford will proceed to miss Golden Tate, nonetheless he’ll admire how a participant like T.J. Hockenson will assist relieve stress.
18. Kirk Cousins, Vikings
Cousins was one different highly effective QB to rank, nonetheless his first season in Minnesota was not nearly the pricey bust it has been made out to be. With no reliable security, an absence of a key third aim and further coaching-staff modifications, for Cousins to bounce once more in 2019, he needs to be part of with massive performs downfield additional persistently and decrease down on the ill-timed errors.
19. Cam Newton, Panthers
Newton is coming into the 2019 season with issues about his throwing shoulder and coming off a season he was not healthful adequate to finish. Given the current panorama of QBs throughout the NFL, the 2015 league MVP being ranked in the midst of the pack won’t be disrespect; it’s actuality. Last season, Newton did improve from 2017 with a larger completion share and yards per attempt, nonetheless he nonetheless ranked No. 17 in passer rating (20th in ESPN’s QBR and 23rd in Pro Football Focus’ QB grades). In 2019, with offensive coordinator Norv Turner having the required working recreation down with Christian McCaffrey, Newton will revenue from D.J. Moore and his totally different quick weapons throughout the downfield-passing aspect of the offense.
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20. Jameis Winston, Buccaneers
It was tempting to rank Winston larger just because Bruce Arians appears to be like like a coach who can get the right out of the QB. But Winston purchased toggled with Ryan Fitzpatrick last season on account of he saved committing turnovers with sloppy passing, adequate for the Bucs to take into accounts starting over at QB in 2020. Winston was supposed to be a can’t-miss QB as a result of the No. 1 complete select in 2015, however it is now or in no way for him to faucet into his potential. If anyone can flip Winston proper right into a Big Ben clone, it ought to be Arians.
21. Marcus Mariota, Titans
Here is one different irritating QB to rank. Mariota has been by way of the wringer with offensive schemers, and properly being has not been on his aspect. Neither has game-planning in one in all many league’s most run-heavy offenses. Tennessee has invested additional in his targets with broad receivers Adam Humphries and A.J. Brown to complement Corey Davis. We can not utterly think about in Mariota until we see him reply.
The fifth tier
(Second-year QBs trying to make the leap, plus a supersub trying to make it as a starter.)
22. Sam Darnold, Jets
Darnold last season had an underrated receiving corps with Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and Chris Herndon, and now has the final phrase backfield outlet in Le’Veon Bell. He is the form of good, pro-style passer new coach Adam Gase can mildew.
23. Lamar Jackson, Ravens
Jackson was trying to decide points out as a passer last season, however he nonetheless managed to lead Baltimore to a division title. The drafting of Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin suggests the Ravens are OK letting Jackson throw additional downfield with out curbing his explicit athleticism.
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24. Nick Foles, Jaguars
Foles has had success in Philadelphia, however it has been a particular story elsewhere in his seven-year career. There are some favorable parts for him in Jacksonville, nonetheless quite a lot of these are rooted throughout the working recreation and safety. Foles is certain to return to his streaky nature as a downfield passer.
25. Josh Allen, Bills
Allen last season put up some pleasing fantasy stats on account of he produced whereas working with reckless abandon, together with some massive performs collectively along with his massive arm later in his rookie yr. There is a great deal of style in Allen’s recreation; now we’ll see if there’s Year 2 substance behind Buffalo’s dedication to bettering the offensive line and making every the backfield and receiving corps deeper.
The sixth tier
(QBs who’ve been adequate nonetheless are fading fast.)
26. Andy Dalton, Bengals
Dalton will get an extension of his starting standing in Cincinnati with Zac Taylor giving the offense a latest, wide-open look. The Bengals hope that enchancment, plus supporting means solid, can push Dalton nearer to his ceiling. But that’s nonetheless pretty low in relation to the QBs above; Dalton stays a dependent QB regardless.
27. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins
The Fitzmagic was rediscovered for stretches in Tampa Bay, the place the Buccaneers merely let him chuck the ball all over the place within the space for Dirk Koetter and Todd Monken. The streaky, well-traveled veteran is certain to return to additional journeyman fill-in standing in a particular offense, the place he might be challenged to keep his bridge gig ahead of Josh Rosen.
28. Derek Carr, Raiders
Coach Jon Gruden is sticking with Carr, hoping the huge modifications to the receiving corps (Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow) and a promising rookie perform once more (Josh Jacobs) can clear out the QB’s present bumpy journey. In trying to reside up to his massive contract, Carr’s lack of consistency in accuracy and decision-making has let him down.
The seventh tier
(QBs who’ve acquired Super Bowls, nonetheless age has caught up to them.)
29. Eli Manning, Giants
Manning’s deteriorating bodily experience are evident. He is defending the job for now on account of he is a longtime chief for the Giants’ gradual transition to Daniel Jones, for whom Manning is the very best mentor.
30. Joe Flacco, Broncos
Flacco’s massive arm won’t be as booming anymore. He will need to come by way of additional with the psychological parts of his recreation to contribute efficiently as a bridge QB in an offense constructed spherical its working recreation. He will actually really feel the heat of Drew Lock whereas trying to keep the pocket warmth for the rookie.
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The prime rookies
(QBs we’re getting to know as professionals.)
31. Kyler Murray, Cardinals
Coach Kliff Kingsbury ensures not to keep once more the offense for Murray, making an attempt to stretch the sphere every vertically and horizontally. Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, David Johnson, Andy Isabella and Hakeem Butler give Murray favorable targets on every diploma to make that happen. The trick might be Murray harnessing his electrical vitality to match the following diploma of downside throughout the NFL.
32. Dwayne Haskins, Redskins
Haskins needs to present he would not have glad ft throughout the pocket, nonetheless pretty the presence to stand tall and ship sturdy, appropriate throws whereas beneath stress. Physically and arm-wise, he is ready to play rapidly.
(Other notable QBs.)
33. Case Keenum, Redskins
34. Tyrod Taylor, Chargers
35. Josh Rosen, Dolphins
36. Ryan Tannehill, Titans
37. Nick Mullens, 49ers
38. Blake Bortles, Rams
39. Daniel Jones, Giants
40. Drew Lock, Broncos