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Current State of NFL Quarterback Position

The conversation for the best quarterback in the NFL  is a very intriguing on. In this day and age of football, quarterbacks put up incredible numbers and can elevate their team to championship level. There  is a top of the class of veteran Qbs who have proven to be the leagues elite, a group of players who have shown glimpse of greatness, and a young bunch of superstar talents ready to take the league by storm. So the question is, who is the best quarterback coming into the 2017 season?

The Top Tier-

  • Tom Brady- Entering his 17th season at 40 years old, Brady is coming off a 14-2 regular season, his 5th Super Bowl Championship and arguably his best season of is career. Its almost impossible to argue who has the crown as the NFLs top QB. In just 12 games last season Brady passed for over 3500 yards, and  an improadable TD-INT ratio of 28-2.  Brady has said he wants to play for another five seasons, and he has shown no signs of slowing down.in the 2017 season we should expect the same dominance, and the same Brady we’ve grown accustomed to.
  • Aaron Rodgers- 2016 might have been one of the most underrated, and best seasons of Rodgers career. The Packers were injured all throughout the offense and struggled to run the ball the entire season. It forced Rodgers to take over.  He passed for 4,428 yards an astounding 40 touchdowns with only 7 interceptions. He led the Packers to the NFC north title, beat two tough NFC East teams in the Giants and Cowboys in the first two rounds of the playoffs before Rodgers lost his magic and the Packers fell to the Falcons in the NFC Championship game. The two time MVP is one of the most lethal and dangerous Quarterbacks the league has to offer.
  • Drew Brees – In 2016, Drew Brees passed for 5,000 yards in single season for a miraculous 5th time in his career, to go along with 37 TDs. Brees, regardless of the situation around him, as always put up numbers and has had a high powered offense. Coming into 2017, the Saints boast a huge new addition in Adrian Peterson to try and take the load off of Brees. Perhaps it opens up the field and make things that much easier for Brees?

A Tier Below-

  • Matt Ryan – The NFLs reigning MVP  is coming into his 10th season after throwing for 4,944 yards with 38 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. Ryan lead the Falcons to an 11-5 record and all the way to a Super Bowl before losing to the Patriots in overtime. Ryan had the best year of his career in 2016, and proved he can be an elite quarterback. With a bitter taste in his mouth from last season, can Matt Ryan have an encore performance and put his name in the conversation as the league’s best?
  • Cam Newton- In 2015 Cam Newton was unstoppable totaling 45 TDs, was named the leagues MVP and lead the Panthers to be 15-1 and all the way to the Super Bowl before being defeated by the Denver Broncos. But in 2016 Newton didn’t have the same magic or success as the year prior. Cam Newton has shown flashes of greatness, and can be the most dominate player in the league. What will we see in 2017?
  • Russell Wilson – Since coming into the league in 2012 Russell Wilson has had instant success and has grown to become one of the league’s most dynamic dual threat quarterbacks. He has lead the Seahawks to the playoffs all five years of his career, including two Super Bowl appearances, winning one. Wilson is a game manger who takes care of the football, with game changing playmaking ability. In 2016 Wilson threw for a career high 4,219 yards, and pass attepmts due to the absence of the run game. Will Russell Wilson countie to progress and grow as a quarterback, and stake his claim at the throne?

The Next Tier

  • Derek Carr– Coming in to his 4th year, a season after passing for 3,937 yards, 26 TDS with only six interceptions. He led the Raiders to a 12-3 record before suffering a broken fibula. Carr has stepped up and shown his leadership in the huddle and ability on the field will take to the Raiders to new heights. Carr has been to back-to-back Pro Bowls, and he earned the highest annual contract in NFL history with a 5 year $125 Million  extension. Could this be the season Carr takes his game to the next level and makes his case as the league’s best?
  • Jamies Winston – The 1st overall pick from just two seasons ago has wasted no time making his impact felt with back-to-back 4,000 yard seasons, winning rookie of the year, a recording pro bowl appearance. On top of that, he almost led the Bucs to the playoffs in 2016 finishing 9-7. Now in 2017, Winston is looking to make the next step to the elite level with the help of Tampa’s new weapons. To go along with star wide receiver Mike Evans, the Bucs added speedster Desean Jackson in free agency. The Bucs also made key moves to their offense via the draft to select Alabama’s O.J. Howard in the 1st round, and Wide Out  Chris Godwin from Penn State in the 3rd. With all theses weapons and pressure to succeed around him, can the former Heisman winner take the Bucs and his game to a new level?

 

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