As usual, there are some good QBs that got some playing time that surprised a lot of players and surprised a lot of fans. Along with some QBs that didn’t play as good as some teams and some fans had hoped. We’re going to look at the top 5 quarterbacks coming into the 2022 season in their 2nd year. Who comes in in the best position and who comes in with the lowest potential.
Let’s take a look at which quarterbacks have the best odds to succeed.
Mac Jones, New England Patriots.
22 TDs, 13 ints, 3801 YDs, 50.9 QBR
Mac Jones walked into a great situation. Rolling onto a team with great coaching and seemingly a great fit for his skill set. Coming out of Alabama, I felt then got a lot of good things to offer his team including high completion pct with a good ability to work the short field. Based on the team’s defense, the team’s coaching and their playing style Jones has a real good chance to have a nice improvement in his 2nd season. He’s not a huge risk taker, and that always seems to be a great thing, especially for a Belichick QB. The team’s defense was a large part and his ability to continue on the uphill climb.
Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars.
12 TDs, 17 ints, 3641 YDs, 33.5 QBR
Lawrence had a horrible team around him including lack of offensive weapons and terrible overall team on the field. There was nothing on the team that frightened any defense in the NFL. Now with Christian Kirk, added to veteran Marvin Jones at WR on the team this year – he looks like he has some talent around him. Yet he was still able to throw for 3641 passing yards as a rookie QB, putting him 2nd in that category for rookies. With great size and then ability to move around fluently, added that along with the off-season moves that Jacksonville has made, Lawrence is poised for a much better season than his rookie year.
Justin Fields, Chicago Bears
7 TDs, 10 ints, 1870 YDs, 26.4 QBR
Justin lacked field vision and the ability to read a defense, which in turn, was a huge culprit for his 58% passing percentage. He did not show the ability to find his guys even through base coverages – a problem that haunted him since his playing days at Ohio State. The team itself also lacks additional support and a lot of skill from their WRs. There is an awful lot that he needs to work on to become better. Although Fields does have some potential – if he can get his accuracy under control, it’s going to be interesting to see how he can possibly bounce back in his sophomore year.
Davis Mills, Houston Texans
16 TDs, 10 ints, 2664 YDs, 35.5 QBR
The 24 year old QB seemed to come out of nowhere to end up with a pretty decent season. I don’t think anyone saw him having the season that he had in 2021. You’d be hard-pressed to find a football fan who’s thought that Mills would even be playing, let alone having a pretty decent rookie year. Especially that he did it with a lack of faith and weapons to throw the ball to. With what he put together in the 2021 season it’s hard to say that he shouldn’t be at least equivalent to what he did in 2022.
Zach Wilson, New York Jets
9 TDs, 11 ints, 2334 YDs, 28.2 QBR
No secret about it, Wilson struggled terribly, his decision making was awful, but he is still intriguing with the fact that he did have 4 games with 225+ passing yards also shows promise. It’s hard to say that the Jets made any significant plays to help the young QB for this year, and his knee injury has started off 2022 behind the 8 ball already. As a rookie QB, they often lack the aggressiveness, and Zach certainly fell into that as well. He seemed to prefer to throw a 3rd down hitch, than to move it downfield, which to me shows a lack of confidence. The Jets really have not had a lot of luck with QBs.
Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers
5 TDs, 2 ints, 603 YDs, 33.4 QBR
This one is probably the toughest one to potentially rank, it’s really based on the fact but he really didn’t get a lot of time on the field. With the ongoing very strange, and very weird situation with QB on the Niners – makes this even that more complicated. But the biggest thing that is most concerning if you’re a Niners fan, is that the team obviously wasn’t sold enough on him to hand this position to him on a platter, they resigned Jimmy G, as insurance – nobody will tell me different. I’m starting to think that it’s possible that his 17 games that he played in college didn’t prepare him enough for the speed of the NFL. As the 3rd overall pick in the draft you would think that he would be ready to go, we shall see.