NFL: Top Five Quarterbacks Who Need a Big 2019

5. Aaron Rodgers

The twelfth year starter must prove he can still play quarterback at a high level. Also, can he do it without former head coach Mike McCarthy? He, like Peyton Manning once did, is experiencing the pressure to try to add a second ring to his résumé to put his name in a different category. No doubt he is exciting to watch, and lots of great players never got to participate in a Super Bowl, let alone win one as he did on the front end of this decade. The NFC North is not an easy division, certainly with the Chicago Bears surpassing them in the pecking order. You have to wonder how many chances the Cal quarterback will get to have a shot to play in early February.

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I feel that the NFC is very difficult with the Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles in the discussion. There may actually be less pressure on Rodgers because there a lot of good teams in the conference. The Green Bay Packers lost a lot of tight games last autumn and winter, so they need to know how to close games. The Packers are not the most complete team, but he needs to do well to validate the coaching change as well as his earnings.

4. Carson Wentz

Wentz prepares for year four this fall. Though he was a big part of the Philadelphia Eagles success in the 2017 season, he has had a few injuries and it would be a big accomplishment if he can stay on the field. Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles went over to Jacksonville, so he is no longer in eastern Pennsylvania. Because he is the guy, they must find a way to get by the Dallas Cowboys and win the NFC East as Washington and the New York Giants are re-building. Home field advantage would greatly benefit them as it did two years ago. Carson winning a Super Bowl would prove that he is still a winner and franchise quarterback, that he can take care of his body and play for a long time.

3. Baker Mayfield

The Cleveland Browns quarterback took every snap since coming in for Tyrod Taylor in late September. Mayfield was very hot down the stretch last year, so he is expected to produce and take his team another step forward. Odell Beckham Jr., David Njoku, Kareem Hunt, Duke Johnson Jr., and Antonio Callaway are on the roster. They all pose a threat to opposing defenses. Myles Garrett and Sheldon Richardson are big names on the defensive side of the ball. Mayfield’s head coach Freddie Kitchens has developed a good partnership with him last season as his play caller.

The expectations of trying to get his team into postseason play for the first time in seventeen years is an important step to take this season. Pittsburgh no longer has Le’Veon Bell or Antonio Brown. Baltimore won the division last year with Lamar Jackson, but many wonder if they can have sustained success with their style of play. I think the Browns at worst need to be in as a wild card, if not capture the division. I still believe reaching the Super Bowl is another year or two away. They need to get a taste of the playoffs first and build from there.

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2. Mitchell Trubisky

The Chicago Bears’ third-year quarterback out of North Carolina was one successful field goal away from his first playoff win. On one hand, his team’s defense is good enough to challenge for a Super Bowl. He usually will not have to lead to too many scoring drives to win games during the regular season, but he will need to convert some third and long situations and get better in the red zone if they want to advance in January. Trubisky needs to pick it up when playing some of the best teams in the league. He has good legs. If the accuracy is there, look out for Chicago.

1. Patrick Mahomes

Coming off of his first full season marveling football fans, Mahomes will have a tough act to follow after a fifty-touchdown regular season. The bar was set high because they won the top seed in the AFC. Only in overtime, with a Super Bowl berth on the line, did the Kansas City Chiefs blink. The New England Patriots took the coin toss and scored a touchdown in the extra session. Thus the Chiefs fell short in their attempt to get to Atlanta.

Second-year players are a way of finding out early on if young superstars will blossom into a long career of greatness. The Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders are trying to move up in the pecking order, while the Los Angeles Chargers will likely be Kansas City’s main competition. The question will be, as it as for the rest of the AFC, if they can matriculate their way down the field and dethrone the six-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

What quarterback(s) do you feel need a big 2019? Leave a comment below.

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