Power Ranking the QB’s in the AFC East
Training Camp for all NFL teams are about to kick off and here at MFST we will be bringing you daily updates on all 32 teams. In preparation, we are power ranking all of the positions for all of the divisions. We start with the QB’s in the AFC East…
1. Tom Brady-Patriots
No-brainer here. Tom Brady is clearly the best quarterback in the division and is the best QB in the entire league. I don’t need to go though the stats, wins, championships. Tom Brady is number one.
2. Ryan Tannehill-Dolphins
It’s hard to believe Tannehill is entering his sixth season with the Dolphins—besides three games last season Tannehill has played and started every game in Miami and has improved each season. Two 4,000 yard passing seasons and a playoff appearance last season (he was injured and didn’t play) earns him the title as second-best behind Brady.
3. Jimmy Garoppolo-Patriots
Garoppolo has thrown 94 career passes and he ends up No.3 on this list?? Yes indeed. His ranking is based on the small sample size we have seen—last year Jimmy G was a great fill-in for Brady, throwing for 502 yards, 4 TD’s and 0 INT’s in two games before getting injured himself. In addition to the small sample size, I looked at Garoppolo and envisioned him on the Bills–how would he do on that team? I believe he would have easily put up better numbers than Tyrod Taylor who is slated right behind Garoppolo. Heck, Taylor earned his first career 300-yard game in Week 15 of last season and just barely averaged 200 yards passing per game. If and when the Patriots give up Jimmy G I believe he will become one of the next franchise QB’s in the NFL.
4. Tyrod Taylor- Bills
Tyrod Taylor is in a make-it-or-break-it season for the Bills. After two years of being the Bills starting QB and failing to deliver a winning record, the pressure is on in 2017. Taylor isn’t your typical passing QB, but in today’s NFL you need a quarterback who can pass for over 200 yards with ease no matter what type of offensive scheme you are running. Taylor doesn’t do that. In a more pass-oriented system with more weapons on the outside (Zay Jones, a healthy Sammy Watkins), the fans of Tyrod will get to see what type of quarterback he can finally become. If he doesn’t produce the Bills will have a new QB under center in 2018.
5. Matt Moore- Dolphins
Another backup QB ranked ahead of a starter in the AFC East. Moore is one of the best backups in the NFL that no one ever talks about. He doesn’t get a lot of playing time, but when needed he is an excellent fill-in. For his career, Moore has amassed 6,077 yards, 41 TD’s and 31 INT’s. Last year when Tannehill went down, Moore filled in admirably going 2-1 to clinch a wild card berth and started the playoff game. Despite getting his head taken off in that game, he came back in and played decent enough to keep Miami in the game.
6. Josh McCown-Jets
Josh McCown is who we thought he was. He should be a career-backup but just like former Bill and Jet Ryan Fitzpatrick, he continues to get opportunities. Only once has McCown put together a solid NFL season (2013 in Chicago) and the rest have been mediocre-to-bad. McCown will be the Jets starter week one, but don’t expect him to play the entire season once the losses start piling up. I wouldn’t mind McCown on an NFL roster, just not as a starter.