Ranking the NY Jets and every AFC East quarterback room

NY Jets, Aaron Rodgers
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The NY Jets have been starved for quarterback play for the better part of the last 50 years, but the hope is that the addition of Aaron Rodgers will finally end the team's search for a quarterback who can bring them back to the postseason.

The Rodgers move was made to help the Jets be competitive in an increasingly challenging conference. You could very easily make the case that seven of the top eight quarterbacks in football play in the AFC.

Just in the AFC East alone, the Jets will be facing some of the top talent in the NFL at a number of positions. But how about the quarterbacks? How would you rank the AFC East quarterback rooms?

That's the question we set out to answer today. Let's take a closer look at every AFC East team's quarterback depth chart entering the 2023 season.

4. New England Patriots

  • Mac Jones
  • Bailey Zappe
  • Trace McSorley

This was an easy choice. The New England Patriots dominated the AFC East for literal decades, but their reign of terror has finally come to an end. Perhaps the biggest reason for that is the change in quarterback.

Gone is Tom Brady, and he's been replaced by the underperforming Mac Jones, who enters a crucial 2023 season. Jones was benched last season in favor of rookie fourth-round pick Bailey Zappe, who arguably performed better than the former first-round pick.

Jones enters this season as the odds-on starter, but he might not have a long leash. If Jones struggles again, Zappe is waiting in the wings to take over the starting job.

No matter who is under center for the Patriots in 2023, they seem pretty likely to have the worst quarterback room in the division. That's a welcomed change of pace for the other three teams in the AFC East.