New AFC East QB rankings after Cam Newton signs with Patriots
The New England Patriots have found their successor for Tom Brady with the signing of Cam Newton to a one-year deal. Although it is safe to assume that Newton will be the starter heading into the 2020 NFL season, it remains to be seen just where he stacks up against the rest of the quarterbacks in the AFC East.
There are still plenty of questions surrounding Newton’s health following an injury-plagued stint with the Carolina Panthers in recent years. However, a potential resurgence in New England would automatically put him in the conversation as the best quarterback in the division.
Here are the new QB rankings for the AFC East now that Newton has joined up:
5. Tua Tagovailoa
There is no question that Tagovailoa boasts plenty of promise worthy of them being taken with the fifth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. While there is speculation surrounding his health after spending the offseason recovering from surgery on both ankles and a serious hip injury, it was not enough to deter the Miami Dolphins from making him their long-term option under center.
Regardless, Tagovailoa is still an unproven rookie that will need some time to find his footing before taking over for this struggling Dolphins’ team.
4. Ryan Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick got off to a slow start in Miami after being benched for his poor performance as the starter to begin the 2019 campaign. Fortunately, he was finally able to find his rhythm and led quite a turnaround down the final stretch to finish the season with 3,529 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.
The 37-year-old showed that he still has plenty left in the tank after also finishing as the team’s leading rusher last season. He will not be looking to relinquish the starting job to Tagovailoa any time soon.
3. Cam Newton
Cam Newton easily carries the most impressive resume in this division as a former MVP and three-time Pro Bowler. Of course, there are questions regarding which version of the quarterback the Patriots will be getting after dealing with significant injuries over the last two seasons.
This makes Newton perhaps the most high-risk, high-reward player on this list. There is a silver lining in the fact that he will be transitioning into a championship-proven system run by head coach Bill Belichick.
2. Josh Allen
Allen enjoyed quite the leap in Year 2 by putting his versatile skill set on full display as both a runner and viable passer from the pocket. His emergence as a bonafide franchise quarterback was the reason why the Buffalo Bills had been pegged as the new favorites to win the division now that Brady is gone.
Allen has been the beneficiary of a stable situation in Buffalo as they continue to make moves to beef up his supporting cast. This should result in a significant jump in his passing numbers from last season when he threw for 3,089 yards, 20 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.
1. Sam Darnold
Unlike some of the aforementioned names, Darnold’s development has been hindered by the disfunction of the New York Jets franchise as a whole. Although he is clearly far from a finished product, he still managed to put up similar passing numbers to Allen with 3,024 yards, 19 touchdowns, 13 interceptions after recovering from mono at the beginning 2019 campaign.
Darnold seemingly has yet to tap into his full potential under center and must clean up some of the more overlooked aspects of his came, such as taking care of the ball. While it may not be saying much, he has emerged as the most talented quarterback in the AFC East with Brady’s departure.