NFL quarterback rankings mid-camp: Here is where Tagovailoa lands
By Wesley Minke
12.) Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys
Prescott is due for a little bit of a drop-off in production because he lost some firepower on the offensive weaponry front. I still think he has a high enough football IQ to push through and be an elite QB in this league. Especially with the defense they have, this team should still win a lot of games.
As far as backups look, Cooper Rush showed last year that he can step up and compete in games, but he is going to be a last resort kind of option. Look for Prescott to have a decent year but this offense as a whole to slow down a bit.
11.) Derek Carr – Las Vegas Raiders
I think if there is any QB that is due for a huge improvement in both the statistical sense as well as from a franchise QB sense. He is going to prove this year that he is no doubt a stud in this league. He will have elite weapons around him, and he will be counted on to be the guy to put the cherry on top for this team this season.
The backup in Las Vegas is Jarrett Stidham, who is familiar with the Josh McDaniels system, and was once thought to maybe be the future in New England. He will not compete with Derek Carr, but he could be a decent stand-in in a worst-case scenario.
10.) Deshaun Watson – Cleveland Browns
The extremely infamous Deshaun Watson is still a great QB, but we haven’t seen him in almost 2 full years of football. It is going to be interesting to see if he has lost a step or not, but the team around him is a dangerous one if he is as good as he once was. Great run game, great offensive line, decent receivers, and a really good defense. This team could push for the playoffs.
His backup will be Jacoby Brissett, who many Dolphins fans will not shed a nice thought for. He can stand in and hand the ball off well, but beyond that, he might lose you more games than win them.
9.) Matthew Stafford – Los Angeles Rams
Stafford got that huge and ever-critical first Super Bowl ring. I think with that monkey off his back he will play much freer, he will be slinging the ball to all his crazy good playmakers. Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson, Tyler Higbee, and Cam Akers will all get so much better with the play of Matt Stafford improving as well.
There is no real threat from the backup John Wolford, but he does have experience playing in big-time games, and if need be he is serviceable to step up and play with this uber-talented team.
8.) Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens
Lamar is the best playmaker on this list and can be a real threat with just his legs. However, it seems with all his RBs back this year, and Rashod Bateman and Mark Andrews making big plays outside for him that this season he can turn into a real dual-threat QB. Jackson is going to be due for a big payday if he returns to MVP status like many believe he truly will.
The backup for Baltimore will be Tyler Huntley who stepped up and played well last year in the few games he needed to. Definitely won’t challenge Lamar, but will allow the Ravens team to breathe a little if anything were to happen.