Where does NY Jets QB Aaron Rodgers rank among AFC quarterbacks?
By Ryan Shafer
Middle of the Pack
- 11. Jimmy Garoppolo (Las Vegas Raiders)
- 10. Russell Wilson (Denver Broncos)
- 9. Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins)
- 8. Deshaun Watson (Cleveland Browns)
- 7. Trevor Lawrence (Jacksonville Jaguars)
The most difficult part of ranking the middle-of-the-pack quarterbacks was where to draw the line between middle-of-the-pack and top-of-the-line.
Lawrence made a jump last year, but I’m not quite sure if I am ready to call him a top-flight quarterback just yet. He still struggled at points last year and still turned the ball over too much to be truly dominant.
Deshaun Watson, off-field stuff aside, was a really good quarterback in Houston. A perennial MVP-caliber player, he lost a step on the field clearly during his time away from the game. Because of that, he falls in at eighth.
When healthy, Tagovailoais better than the ninth-best AFC quarterback, and he proved that last year. He can make big-time throws, and the addition of Tyreek Hill was huge. However, until he can stay healthy (he has been majorly hurt each of the last three seasons), he can’t be placed higher than he is.
Finally in the category are veterans Russell Wilson and Jimmy Garoppolo at 10 and 11. I think both are interchangeable in these rankings, but I opted for the assumed improved play of Wilson this year.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens to Jimmy G outside of San Francisco, where he maximized his game management skill set to win a lot of games.