Year after year, there seems to be a group of players that rise into stardom or take a leap forward at their respective position. Similar to previous seasons, the 2020 NFL season is shaping up to have quite a few players that have a chance of bursting onto the scene. Also, that includes players that have an opportunity to become even better despite showing upside thus far in their careers. Without question, the quarterback position is the most important position for an NFL team. If a team is lacking consistency and production under center, then there’s a probable chance that they won’t see much success.
Heading into next season, there are a handful of quarterbacks that could be in for spectacular campaigns. With that in mind, here are a few quarterbacks that are poised to break out in the 2020 NFL season.
To the dismay of fans in the Big Apple, the New York Giants selected Daniel Jones with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Despite the boos that carried out throughout the crowd during the draft, Jones exceeded expectations in his rookie season.
Even though he didn’t start in Week 1, Jones was able to make 12 starts following the benching of Eli Manning. Throughout those 12 starts, the Duke product threw for 3,010 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.
While he needs to fix his turnover concerns (12 interceptions, 10 fumbles lost), Jones was a bright spot in New York’s offense a season ago. With weapons like Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, Darius Slayton, and Evan Engram — plus an improved offensive line — make Jones a prime breakout candidate in 2020.
Early in free agency, the Buffalo Bills were able to acquire Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings in a blockbuster trade. Seeing that Tom Brady is no longer with the New England Patriots, the Bills are now the favorites — among the fans and media alike — to win the division next season.
However, the idea of Buffalo being a contender or not rests on the shoulders of Josh Allen. Just this past season, Allen made vast improvements from his rookie season to his sophomore season in the NFL. The former No. 7 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft went from completing 52.8 percent of his passes in 2018 to 58.8 percent of his passes in 2019. His rushing ability also adds a positive aspect to his game.
There’s no doubt that Allen will need to continue improving his accuracy and decision making for him to reach his potential. But the addition of Diggs, along with John Brown and Cole Beasley, gives Allen zero excuses to break out in the upcoming season.
Of the rookie signal-callers from the 2019 NFL Draft, there’s no mistaking the fact that Kyler Murray has an opportunity to be truly special. While Murray cemented his name as a potential superstar, he still has room for improvement to become even better in his second season and beyond.
As the No. 1 pick for the Arizona Cardinals, Murray threw for 3,722 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. At the same time, Murray also rushed for 544 yards and four touchdowns en route to winning the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.
Similar to the Bills, the Cardinals made a splash move in the offseason when they acquired All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins from the Houston Texans. It’s just a matter of when, not if, Murray becomes a premier quarterback in the NFL. Given his skill set and abilities as a quarterback, Murray has a chance to reach stardom in 2020.