We are getting ever closer to the new NFL season (wishing the days away), so I thought now would be a great time to look at potential NFL QB starters for each team. I will be starting by looking at every team from the AFC.
New England Patriots – Has to be Tom Brady. Even at the ripe age of 40 he shows no signs of slowing down. After finishing runner up in this year’s Super Bowl he showed through the whole of the 2017 season that he still has what it takes, throwing for 4577 yards (1st in the league), 32 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. The legacy will continue.
Buffalo Bills – Lets be honest, Nathan Peterman will not be starting for the Bills next year. The Bills have two picks in the first round at 21 & 22 and I can’t see a top QB prospect falling that far, however I think the Bills will try to trade for either Cleveland’s 4th pick or the Colts 3rd and go for either Josh Allen or Sam Darnold. Tyrod Taylor’s days in Buffalo are numbered and I don’t see other free agent QB’s being a good fit. Josh Allen to start for the Bills.
Miami Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill will be the Dolphins starter in week one. Reports suggest that he will be healthy for the teams OTAs, however with Tannehill coming back after an ACL injury the Dolphins could roll the dice on a young QB if one falls to them at the 11th pick in the draft.
The New York J.E.T.S – Where to begin with this QB situation! Now I don’t think the Jets get Kirk Cousins in free agency but they will bring back Josh McCown and he will be will be the Jets starter again for 2018. The Jets will go QB in the first round this year in my opinion and it will be Baker Mayfield, however he will have a red shirt year.
Pittsburgh Steelers – After finishing 2017 with 28 TDs, 14 interceptions and a 93.4 QB rating in the regular season there will be no change in Pittsburgh – Big Ben Roethlisberger to start.
Baltimore Ravens – Baltimore will add weapons in this draft to help their franchise QB Joe Flacco – Flacco to start. Baltimore’s O-line will need some improvements if he is to lead this team to the playoffs.
Cincinnati Bengals – After a horrific start to the 2017 season Andy Dalton was looking like he had come to the end of his time with Cincinnati, however Dalton finished with 25 TDs, 12 interceptions and a respectable passer rating of 86.6. Dalton to start.
Cleveland Browns – The Browns will use there number 1 pick (again) in the draft to (again) sign a top QB prospect in Josh Rosen… Groundhog day anyone? Rosen to start.
Jacksonville Jaguars – After a rocky start to the 2017 season Blake Bortles led the Jags to their first AFC Championship game since 1999, losing to the Patriots. Bortles has signed a new 3 year, $52million contract which will see him in Jacksonville until 2020. Bortles to start.
Tennessee Titans – Marcus Mariota was the 2nd pick in the 2015 NFL draft and the Titans won’t be giving up on the 2014 Heisman trophy winner anytime soon. Mariota to continue as starter.
Indianapolis Colts – After having surgery on his throwing shoulder Andrew Luck didn’t throw a ball in the 2017 season. Jacoby Brissett led the team to a 4-12 record with a passer rating of 81.7. Luck will start unless he is unable to recover in time, if he can’t then Jacoby Brissett will have another chance to prove himself.
Houston Texans – The electrifying DeShaun Watson will continue to light up the league and start for the Texans. NFL Network have reported that Watson will be back from his ACL injury in time for the teams OTAs, and before getting injured he had a QB rating of 103.0 which is excellent for any QB in the league, let alone a rookie.
Kansas City Chiefs – After trading Alex Smith to the Redskins it’s obvious the Chiefs will start Pat Mahomes. The 10th pick in the 2017 NFL draft showed what he could do in week 17 against Denver, leading Kansas City to a 27-24 win while completing 22 out of 35 passes for 284 yards. Mahomes will start week one.
LA Chargers – Put me down for 36 year old Philip Rivers to start again this year. Rivers is coming off the back of another great season, finishing 2nd in the league in passing yards and taking the team to a 9-7 winning record. He has another year on his contract and I don’t expect the Chargers to pick up a plug and play QB in this year’s draft or free agency, and while I certainly don’t see 28 TDs and 10 interceptions being repeated I don’t see Rivers being benched any time soon.
Oakland Raiders – The Raiders finished the season 6-10 which is slightly disappointing considering the weapons they have on both sides of the ball. Derek Carr will still be the man to try and push this team to the playoffs. In 15 games last season Carr threw for 3496 yards with 22 TDs and 13 interceptions. He will have to improve these stats and his rushing ability with new head coach Jon Gruden on the scene. Carr to start for the Raiders.
Denver Broncos – This mystery will be resolved in free agency or the NFL draft. With Osweiler, Siemian & Lynch not impressing and none of them doing enough to cement a starting spot I see the Broncos using the 5th pick in this year’s draft to get Sam Darnold. I don’t think the Broncos have the cap space to compete for Kirk Cousins nor do I think Cousins will want to go to Denver. Osweiler to start this year with Darnold getting the gig later on.