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The level that quarterback play in the NFL is much better than ever. If a couple of of the much more established old safety QBs proceed their great successes, the organization has given rise to a promising brand-new wave the young passers, some who likewise possess rare athletic traits.

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The intersection of these quarterbacks produced a large offensive boom in 2020. Somehow, the potential that the projected starters because that every team in 2021 is greater, many thanks to a slew of top second-year and also rookie breeze picks.


Weighing past recent peformances but tilting a lot more toward upside for the upcoming season, here"s Sporting News" latest yearly offseason ranking of NFL quarterbacks, 1-32:

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NFL quarterback rankings 2021

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1. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs

Mahomes is king again at period 25 and also may not be dethroned because that a long time. He does the razzle dazzle better than any kind of quarterback, yet he does all the tiny things well, too, with his big arm together the foundation. The money magician additionally hasn"t quite hit his ceiling, despite already having a in history prolific MVP season and also Super key MVP on his resume. Mahomes has full command that his acquainted supporting cast and offensive system under Andy Reid.

2020 key stats: 4,740 pass yards, 38 happen TDs, 6 INTs, 108.2 passer rating, 82.9 QBR, 8.1 yards per attempt, 308 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs

2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers

The reigning MVP has proved to it is in the NFL"s ultimate renaissance male at the position, given his offseason "Jeopardy!" guest-hosting and "The Match" golfing prowess. Wherever his future lies past 2021, Rodgers" physical an abilities are in peak problem with several more elite periods ahead that him. In ~ 37, his wisdom and also intelligence remain major assets, rebooted through a QB-friendly offense operated by Matt LaFleur. Rodgers" eight is still an absolute cannon, too, through the accuracy to put the ball all over downfield.

2020 an essential stats: 4,299 passing yards, 48 passing TDs, 5 INTs, 121.5 passer rating, 84.4 QBR, 8.2 yards per attempt, 149 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs

MORE: 5 points the packers can do to save Aaron Rodgers past 2021

3. Tom Brady, Buccaneers

Brady bet on self at period 43 exterior of brand-new England and immediately reached past Super bowl glory in Tampa Bay. He decided a team through a an excellent supporting cast, consisting of the offensive ability players, line, running game and also defense. He put his very own Patriots rotate on the Buccaneers wild downfield passing game with Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich. The result was his ideal season due to the fact that his 2017 MVP campaign. Brady helped reshape the Bucs and was a large part of maintaining the gang together for a strong shot in ~ a repeat.

2020 vital stats: 4,633 passing yards, 40 happen TDs, 12 INTs, 102.2 passer rating, 72.5 QBR, 7.6 yards every attempt

4. Mockery Allen, Bills

Brady"s exit from the AFC east opened the door for a new passer to be the unquestioned class of the division. Allen left tiny doubt with his impressive age-25 third season. He has put every his tremendous physical skills together, converting his arm and athleticism into a force qualified of taking over games. He likewise has displayed the crucial young leadership to keep Buffalo"s brand-new status as a playoff power. That is a strong MVP candidate in 2021.

2020 key stats: 4,544 pass yards, 37 passing TDs, 10 INTs, 107.2 passer rating, 81.7 QBR, 7.8 yards every attempt, 421 rushing yards, 8 rushing TDs

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5. Deshaun Watson, Texans

Until there"s some kind of clarity on Watson"s on-field future tied come the concerning off-field developments, that takes his worthy high spot on the list. Despite the team in Houston fallout’s apart approximately him v now restricted talent, familiar or otherwise, Watson has done every little thing he deserve to with his tremendous individual play to prop it increase offensively. He is a high-reward passer with low risk in advertise for large plays downfield while staying efficient. He additionally is an explosive runner whenever things break down too much.

2020 key stats: 4,823 passing yards, 33 passing TDs, 7 INTs, 112.4 passer rating, 70.5 QBR, 8.9 yards every attempt, 444 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs

6. Russell Wilson, Seahawks

Wilson began last season top top a MVP-like tear through a dominant first half prior to fading a little in the last two months. He set career high for finish percentage and TDs, but there to be a on slide in his normal high-caliber deep passing. Back the big sack totals save on coming, he stays the league"s most resilient QB with solid rushing efficiency. The playoff clunker versus the Rams shouldn"t take away from the truth his floor is higher than the ceiling of many QBs. He must be assisted by a vital QB-friendly coordinator change.

2020 vital stats: 4,212 passing yards, 40 passing TDs, 13 INTs, 105.1 passer rating, 73.5 QBR, 7.5 yards every attempt, 513 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs

7. Dak Prescott, Cowboys

Prescott was headed toward a massive first season through Kellen Moore and Mike McCarthy prior to the heartbreaking fish eye injury against the Giants in the fifth game. He to be laser-focused with an elite trio of large receivers when in finish command of acquiring the round deep with his cannon. That is expected to be ago at full strength and also much that the Cowboys" success in 2021 will ride on his arm and legs. With large contract currently in hand at 27, expect him come work hard to earn every bit of it to try to occupational his method into the top five QBs.

2020 vital stats: 1,856 passing yards, 9 passing TDs, 4 INTs, 99.6 passer rating, 78.7 QBR, 8.4 yards every attempt, 93 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs

8. Lamar Jackson, Ravens

Jackson didn"t live as much as his MVP level indigenous 2019, yet he also didn"t struggle as much as plenty of perceived. He delivered down the stretch to ensure a Ravens playoff return after ~ not acquiring the same kind of assistance in an violation in transition. He continued to be the game"s most dangerous jogger at the position until he uncovered his late groove. Jackson did break v for his an initial playoff victory and also at only 24, need to be expected to rev back up as a passer v a receiving corps review to match the improved classic rushing attack.

2020 key stats: 2,757 happen yards, 26 passing TDs, 9 INTs, 99.3 passer rating, 73.7 QBR, 7.3 yards every attempt, 1,005 rushing yards, 7 rushing TDs

9. Kyler Murray, Cardinals

When concerns special runners in ~ the position, the 23-year-old Murray stands the end as lot as Jackson v his speed, quickness and elusiveness. He additionally manages a run-centered spread out passing assault well. He demands to get an ext consistent through his accuracy, particularly when acquisition shots downfield. He also should boost his decision-making with two full years behind the in Kliff Kingsbury"s offense. The 2019 No. 1 in its entirety pick is just obtaining warmed up because that a top-flight career.

2020 an essential stats: 3,971 passing yards, 26 pass TDs, 12 INTs, 94.3 passer rating, 68.9 QBR, 7.1 yards every attempt, 819 rushing yards, 11 rushing TDs

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10. Justin Herbert, Chargers

Herbert gained an unexpected beforehand opportunity and gave the Chargers no reason for him to relinquish his status. ~ excelling together a rookie, the expectations are sky high for the 23-year-old in Year 2. The difficulty will be adjusting to a brand-new offense and also remaining restricted with his weapons as defenses adjust far better to him. Herbert sped up his discovering curve with his arm, accuracy and also athleticism and also will perform a lot an ext than stop a sophomore slump. 

2020 key stats: 4,336 passing yards, 39 passing TDs, 10 INTs, 98.3 passer rating, 69.5 QBR, 7.3 yards every attempt, 234 rushing yards, 5 rushing TDs

11. Ryan Tannehill, Titans

Tannehill has uncovered his groove at 32. Tennessee gave him the perfect run-heavy offense for his ability set. Lot of Tannehill"s mid-career boom has been tied come play-action passing, however he"s reminded plenty of that his arm remains underrated and also his athleticism is a significant asset. That plays with youthful joy and confidence the he didn"t have actually with the Dolphins. He"s additionally been durable and grown together a leader. Tannehill has become as fun to watch as many comparable young guns.

2020 vital stats: 3,819 happen yards, 33 passing TDs, 7 INTs, 106.5 passer rating, 78.3 QBR, 7.9 yards per attempt, 266 rushing yards, 7 rushing TDs

12. Joe Burrow, Bengals

Burrow had actually a cautious rookie season operating in Cincinnati"s offense, curbed by his knee injury. He must be recovered because that a large age 24 season that resides up to his status as a second-year No. 1 in its entirety pick. Burrow relied plenty on throw the ball into the middle of the field. That will readjust as he"s an ext unleashed under Zac Taylor, learning that he"s reunited with all-around go-to man Ja"Marr Chase. Look because that Burrow to raise his efficiency and also big-play quotient at the same time. He additionally is underrated together an athlete and also runner.

2020 an essential stats: 2,688 passing yards, 13 passing TDs, 5 INTs, 89.8 passer rating, 56.2 QBR, 6.7 yards per attempt, 142 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs

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13. Baker Mayfield, Browns

The 26-year-old, the No. 1 as whole pick in 2018, got earlier on monitor in Year 3 many thanks to few of the exact same offensive concepts that have actually helped Tannehill and also the QB through whom offensive-minded coach Kevin Stefanski worked before Mayfield, Kirk Cousins. Cleveland set up a much more QB-friendly run-heavy attack, facilitating Mayfield"s beat via play-action and also bootlegs. The didn"t pressure the round downfield and played turn off the run by spreading it about better. Now that the mistakes space under control, Mayfield deserve to be counted on for more big plays through the best, healthiest, deepest receiving corps he"s ever had. It also helps to have pristine pass protection and two top backs.

2020 key stats: 3,563 passing yards, 26 pass TDs, 8 INTs, 95.9 passer rating, 72.2 QBR, 7.3 yards every attempt

14. Kirk Cousins, Vikings

At 32, Cousins has actually had appreciated the finest play that his job in Minnesota, a la Tannehill in Tennessee. The Vikings have actually simplified things in the offense through running earlier Dalvin cook as the centerpiece and Cousins having two exceptional, versatile receivers in Justin Jefferson and also Adam Thielen. The usage of 12 personnel (two chop ends) has vibed through him to help Cousins maximize his big arm. His deep passing has been top top point, yet the decision-making and also accuracy still let him down at crucial points.

2020 vital stats: 4,265 passing yards, 35 passing TDs, 13 INTs, 105.0 passer rating, 63.2 QBR, 8.3 yards every attempt

15. Matthew Stafford, Rams

Stafford, the 2009 No. 1 overall pick, is transforming teams for the very first time in his period 33 season. There"s to be a ton of hype end what he can do in Sean McVay"s offense, yet that"s discounting for the recent exceptional highs in Detroit. The arm is quiet there yet he"s to be inconsistent no issue the volume. There"s also been regression come the mean in regards to his fourth-quarter play and also he"s still searching for his very first playoff win. There"s a late the Lions didn"t offer him much passing assist and he will certainly be transformative v his new team, but the truth is there"s enough sample size to understand one currently has seen the finest of him.

2020 vital stats (with Lions): 4,084 happen yards, 26 passing TDs, 10 INTs, 96.3 passer rating, 68.4 QBR, 7.7 yards every attempt

16. Matt Ryan, Falcons

The 2016 NFL MVP, a great friend the Stafford"s, has remained ~ above a roller-coaster through his offensive systems. At 36, Ryan is currently adjusting to the plan of offensive-minded head coach Arthur Smith and also latest new coordinator, Dave Ragone. Ryan has been in a rut v the happen game, therefore a emphasis on the running video game and turning the web page from Julio Jones to make Calvin Ridley and rookie tight finish Kyle Pitts his go-to men is a welcome rejuvenation plan. Ryan might not have long left in ~ the helm of Atlanta, but he is set up because that one much more career bounce-back.

2020 an essential stats: 4,581 passing yards, 26 passing TDs, 11 INTs, 93.3 passer rating, 67.0 QBR, 7.3 yards every attempt

17. Derek Carr, Raiders

Carr is a complicated QB to evaluate. Adhering to the reasoning of his offensive-minded coach, Jon Gruden, over there is something absent with Carr, also though the number seem complete. The Raiders aid him with an approach centered approximately the running game. Carr takes benefit by being reliable pocket passing on short-to-intermediate courses with tight finish Darren Waller together the focal length point. Back he"s gotten far better with big plays, the restricted downfield video game is what keeps Carr in the dependable vs. Deluxe category.

2020 vital stats: 4,103 passing yards, 27 passing TDs, 9 INTs, 101.4 passer rating, 71.0 QBR, 7.9 yards every attempt

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18. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

Roethlisberger"s arm strength looked shot last season with his air-yard deterioration turning him right into a dinker and also dunker coming turn off a 2019 season shed to a ideal elbow injury. He can fight turn off Father Time for just so long at age 39. That still controlled to it is in a rather effective distributor, thanks to having a trio of distinct young receivers in Diontae Johnson, chase Claypool and JuJu Smith-Schuster. However there"s a reason why Pittsburgh made the a suggest to be more run-centric special first-round rookie Najee Harris. Roethlisberger has transitioned native lifting the violation to gift a an ext dependent larger QB.

2020 crucial stats: 3,803 passing yards, 33 passing TDs, 10 INTs, 94.1 passer rating, 60.1 QBR, 6.3 yards per attempt

19. Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars

Lawrence is the recent No. 1 in its entirety pick to it is in tagged through the "can"t miss" label. The 21-year old did whatever he might to shine together a future NFL superstar at Clemson other than for win the Heisman Trophy. Touted as the best QB prospect due to the fact that John Elway for a long time, Lawrence"s physical tools room off the charts, the modern prototype through his size, arm, accuracy and also athleticism. That blends a the majority of the special characteristics fellow young weapons Herbert and Burrow possess. The Jaguars have sufficient blocking and skill support to permit Lawrence to gain an immediate spike hinting at his significant promise.

2020 crucial stats (at Clemson): 3,153 pass yards, 24 passing TDs, 5 INTs, 9.4 yards per attempt, 203 rushing yards, 8 rushing TDs

20. Carson Wentz, Colts

Durability issues recorded up v Wentz in Philadelphia on optimal of make the efforts to execute too much and also force things that weren"t over there in the offense. He emerged a propensity to hold the ball too long, which led to an NFL-high 50 sacks in only 12 starts last season prior to being benched because that Jalen Hurts. Wentz was saved a little by his athleticism but 2020 was stormy by every happen measure. The will begin his Colts career sidelined with another injury, his debut up in the wait pending recovery from foot surgery. Yet at only 28, there"s plenty of time to gain right again and the Colts" run-heavy offense behind a sturdy line will rise him. He"s also ago with the offensive-minded head coach open minded Reich who was an essential to his beforehand success with the Eagles. Look for Wentz, when back healthy, to it is in whispered well the means Mayfield and Tannehill were.

2020 crucial stats (with Eagles): 2,620 happen yards, 16 passing TDs, 15 INTs, 72.8 passer rating, 49.6 QBR, 6.0 yards per attempt, 276 rushing yards, 5 rushing TDs

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21. Jalen Hurts, Eagles

Hurts, just 22, confirmed the Eagles sufficient as a rookie second-rounder come compel castle to move on native Wentz and also his big contract. In only four starts, hurts displayed every one of his rarely running capacity and some an excellent passing upside despite minimal weapons and also protection. Reuniting v rookie first-round broad receiver DeVonta blacksmith helps, follow me with much better health up front. Brand-new offensive-minded head coach Nick Sirianni will improve the balance through the rushing assault to make the system much more QB-friendly for Hurts" twin threat. Wentz vs. Damages with the connected Colts twist will be a storyline in Philadelphia.

2020 key stats: 1,061 happen yards, 6 passing TDs, 4 INTs, 77.6 passer rating, 41.0 QBR, 7.2 yards per attempt, 354 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs

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22. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers

Jimmy G"s time in san Francisco has had some good moments, consisting of helping to take a high-level all-around violation to the super Bowl. But and also he"s performed in a good system, there are two reasons for replacing him v rookie first-rounder Trey Lance at some point soon. First, Garoppolo has had actually a lot of concerns staying healthy. Second, there space some outside-the-box dram he leaves on the table. Garoppolo has actually a high floor however has displayed to Kyle Shanahan he has a clear limited ceiling together a pocket passer. Garoppolo have the right to be efficient again for a 3rd team so he need to flash his finest again at 29 before passing end the task to Lance.

2020 an essential stats: 1,096 passing yards, 7 passing TDs, 5 INTs, 92.4 passer rating, 61.5 QBR, 7.8 yards every attempt

23. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Washington

The 38-year-old is play for his nine NFL team in 2021. He"s do a living together the ultimate leg quarterback since of his consistent veteran leadership even with unfamiliar teammates and ability to excute in a selection of schemes. That"s precisely what one would intend from a Harvard man, nevertheless of expert field. He noted more of that old Fitzmagic in Miami and serves a solid solution for the great support native Washington. The streakiness and inconsistency will stay as they constantly do, however in terms of gaining the best out of himself and the offense, Fitzpatrick fits those the football Team requirements for security in 2021.

2020 key stats (with Dolphins): 2,091 happen yards, 13 passing TDs, 8 INTs, 95.6 passer rating, 76.9 QBR, 7.8 yards per attempt

24. Daniel Jones, Giants

This is one unquestioned make-or-break third season because that the No. 6 as whole pick in 2019. Jones has actually flashed, more so as a rookie than as a slumping sophomore. Yet at 24, he needs to show the Giants he"s a irreversible keeper. They enhanced the receiving corps with Kenny Golladay, rookie first-rounder Kadarius Toney and also savvy 2nd tight finish Kyle Rudolph. Saquon Barkley additionally will be earlier to flank Jones in the backfield behind an enhanced line. Jones has actually the smarts and also athleticism to placed it every together and also break out, yet the minimal success in a small sample size makes the 2021 campaign an ext of a wild card. Don"t it is in surprised v either a large postiive or huge negative result.

2020 key stats: 2,943 happen yards, 11 passing TDs, 10 INTs, 80.4 passer rating, 61.5 QBR, 6.6 yards per attempt, 423 rushing yards, rushing TD

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25. Jared Goff, Lions

McVay and also the Rams squeezed everything they can from the No. 1 overall pick in 2016, boosting him v a solid system and also supporting cast. Now Goff is at a career crossroads, hope to offer the Lions as much more than a 26-year-old bridge option. Goff has actually regressed through his efficiency and downfield passing due to the fact that his first two years with McVay. The is hoping to be solved by an additional Los Angeles import, attack coordinator Anthony Lynn, that was a large help come Herbert critical season. The Lions will certainly lean a lot of on the run through D"Andre Swift, however they regrettably depleted their passing game alternatives save for height young tight finish T.J. Hockenson. This instance has the feeling of Goff taking more lumps and also making room for a rookie replacement in 2022.

2020 key stats (with Rams): 3,952 passing yards, 20 passing TDs, 13 INTs, 90.0 passer rating, 58.5 QBR, 7.2 yards every attempt

26. Jameis Winston, Saints

Winston claimed he learned a ton finding out behind now retired all-time an excellent Drew Brees in Sean Payton"s system. ~ the prolific passing because that the rival Buccaneers marred by big interception woes, Winston was clever to be patient and also reboot as a backup to work on boosting his efficiency to go v big, wild arm. Betting top top himself need to pay off, together he should victory the Saints" beginning job end non-traditional passer Taysom Hill. Winston will operate with a an excellent line, a top large receiver in Michael Thomas, the can be fried dumpoff alternative in Alvin Kamara and also a rising tight end, Adam Trautman. Only 27, Winston is one more wild card worth watching as a high-upside reclamation passer.

27. Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins

The dolphin didn"t litter Tagovailoa into the water as a rookie and the result was not lot of a splash. They must let that swim additional from shore after not allowing him to pass much without a life vest. Obtaining two more an essential weapons in former Texan will certainly Fuller and also 2020 first-rounder Jaylen Waddle — a big target indigenous his Alabama job – indicates Tagovailoa will certainly be let loosened as a passer in a less compressed attack. Yet this feels choose his true rookie season, operating in his second new offense in as many years through two coordinators. V the fast rise of Herbert and also Burrow, there will certainly be a many pressure for Tagovailoa come come through for a returning 10-6 team. In ~ 23, Tua is bound to take an ext lumps, setup up a Jones-like an essential Year 3.

2020 key stats: 1,814 happen yards, 11 passing TDs, 5 INTs, 87.1 passer rating, 52.5 QBR, 6.3 yards per attempt, 109 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs

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28. Zach Wilson, Jets

Wilson had an amazing last college season as a passer and also runner that moved him into No. 2 as whole pick status behind Lawrence. He likewise has the personality to take care of the pressure that comes v trying to it is in the latest Jets savior at the game"s most necessary position. Beyond the makeup, Wilson likewise enters a great system with increasing offensive mind Mike LaFleur. The Jets have actually invested lot of in the line and receiving corps. They also will usage zone impede to give a much-needed jolt come the rushing attack. Wilson has actually the skill set to it is in a rookie revelation in Herbert"s vein. Because that now, physical presents aside, here"s a conservative ranking based upon Wilson"s inexperience and learning challenges.

2020 an essential stats (at BYU): 3,692 pass yards, 33 pass TDs, 3 INTs, 11.0 yards per attempt, 254 rushing yards, 10 rushing TDs

29. Mac Jones, Patirots

Jones encouraged the Patriots the should also start appropriate away together a first-round pick v his early command that their complicated offense under josh McDaniels. They will most likely rein him in, however, together Bill Belichick knows he demands Jones to it is in a caretaker for currently with the team"s strengths" lied in the running game and also the defense. Jones will construct well together a rookie through his arm and also accuracy. His decision-making and also leadership are currently impressive.

2020 key stats (at Alabama): 4,500 passing yards, 41 passing TDs, 4 INTs, 11.2 yards per attempt

30. Andy Dalton, Bears

The 33-year-old made a decent shift from long-time Bengals starter to short-term Cowboys backup. Dalton did his ideal to store Dallas" offense going without Dak Prescott, however he just couldn"t gain into a good rhythm in a new offense to supply as a supersub. He"s gaining the initial chance to start in Chicago end rookie first-rounder Justin Fields because of familiarity v offensive coordinator bill Lazor from your days together in Cincinnati. Matt Nagy seems set on Dalton starting because of experience, however it would certainly surprise nobody if there"s a 180 toward areas right away. Dalton"s ideal days are behind him come the point he"s just a serviceable bridge.

2020 an essential stats (with Cowboys): 2,170 happen yards, 14 passing TDs, 8 INTs, 87.3 passer rating, 53.8 QBR, 6.5 yards per attempt

31. Teddy Bridgewater, Broncos

Bridgewater to be the best an option for Denver over attracted Lock since it needs much more conservative play and fewer mistakes come win games vs. Forcing bigger pass plays. The Broncos will be concentrated a lot of on the running video game for Vic Fangio, knowing like the Patriots, they will certainly be counting on their defense to victory games. Bridgewater might not stretch the ar well, yet he will certainly take advantage of their two skilled intermediate weapons, large receiver Jerry Jeudy and tight end Noah Fant.

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2020 crucial stats (with Panthers): 3,733 passing yards, 15 passing TDs, 11 INTs, 92.1 passer rating, 64.2 QBR, 7.6 yards every attempt, 279 rushing yards, 5 rushing TDs

32. Sam Darnold, Panthers

Darnold, likewise 24, was an interesting an option to upgrade over Bridgewater together the Panthers eschewed going because that a first-round draft replacement. Lock do have actually a great environment to resurrect his career v fine ability players, from Christian McCaffrey to former Jets teammate Robby Anderson, under bright attack coordinator The No. 3 as whole pick native 2018 need to do plenty after no showing much for the Jets, as restricted as lock were, for the previous three seasons. Darnold has been sloppy v his accuracy and also decision-making, a propensity that did display up at time at USC. Darnoled also has struggled to handle any kind of kind of push well, whether from a opponent"s pass rush or being in a large spotlight.

2020 an essential stats (with Jets): 2,208 passing yards, 9 passing TDs, 11 INTs, 72.7 passer rating, 40.1 QBR, 6.1 yards every attempt