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The NFL offseason has had no shortage of storylines. But some of them always draw more attention than others. Quarterback competitions always create drama, speculation, and grab headlines. Lucky for the media there are five such quarterback competitions going on right now. I won’t hold you up here any longer, let the speculation begin!
The Competitors- Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen
Even if Rosen doesn’t win the job outright, which he won’t, it’s still likely he’ll see starting time in 2018. Bradford has a well documented history of injuries that have cost him basically three seasons worth of games.
The Competitors- Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson
There’s a lot of buzz coming out of the Ravens’ camp about Jackson. Given how poorly Flacco played for most of 2017 and the team missing the playoffs the last couple of seasons, Jackson may be closer to starting than we realize. His coaches raving about how good he is could be a sign, or it could just be motivation to push Flacco harder.
The Competitors- A.J. McCarron, Nathan Peterman, and Josh Allen
These three have a combined five starts in their NFL careers. While McCarron has the starting spot now in most peoples’ minds, he could easily lose it. His last NFL regular season start was in 2015 and he has thrown for fewer than 1,000 career passing yards. There’s no reason why Peterman or Allen can’t snag the starting job. But they both have their flaws as well. Peterman threw five interceptions in a single game last season and Allen is arguably the most flawed and long-term project amongst the quarterbacks drafted in the first round this year.
The Competitors- Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield
Taylor is only meant to serve as a bridge quarterback, but he may not even get the chance to do that. The #1 Overall selection in the NFL Draft, Mayfield will push Taylor and the team’s coaches to play him. He showed his skills in college and could force his way into the starting lineup before the end of his first season.
The Competitors- Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, and Sam Darnold
It seems like McCown is the bridge, Bridgewater is the safety blanket, and Darnold is the future. Honestly, though, all three of these guys could see snaps in 2018. Let’s not forget how well McCown played for the Jets last year and that Bridgewater was once a Pro Bowl quarterback with the Minnesota Vikings. But Darnold could simply outplay both of them and take the starting job. Most people thought he was the best quarterback in the draft, except for the Browns, and the Jets will have to resist letting him on the field if they want to stick to their original plan. We’ll see if that happens.
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