NFL: Top 10 Quarterbacks Entering the 2020 Season

Yesterday, I started my top 10 lists for the upcoming 2020 NFL Regular Season. I started with defensive ends. Today, I will start with quarterbacks.

Quarterbacks are the most important position in the NFL. When you don’t have a reliable quarterback, it is impossible to win football games at the next level.

It is really important to scout them well. They need to be smart on and off the field, lead by example, and produce when it matters the most with great throws and moving the chains with their legs. Who are the Top 10 quarterbacks entering the 2020 NFL Regular Season?

10. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

You might think I’m nuts for having Aaron Rodgers this low on the list, but it is more about his overall body language than anything else

Yes, they went 13-3 and went to the NFC Championship Game last season, but there seems to be a rift between Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers’ front office, and Head Coach Matt LaFleur. Rodgers is 36 years old and will see if he is the quarterback of this team two years from now.

The reason why is they drafted Jordan Love 26th overall out of Utah State. Love could develop quickly.

Aaron Rodgers completed 353-of-569 passes (62 completion percentage) for 26 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed for 183 yards on 46 carries and a touchdown.

9. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers

9. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers: The criticism that Jimmy Garoppolo received this past season was totally unfair. He was one of the reasons why San Francisco reached the Super Bowl.

However, the defense was the main reason this team made the Super Bowl. It was the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this football team. Jimmy Garoppolo was able to make plays when he needed to, except when he missed wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders late in the game on a throw.

Otherwise, Garoppolo is like 22-5 as the starting quarterback under Head Coach Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco. Jimmy Garoppolo completed 329-of-476 passes (69.1 completion percentage) for 3,978 yards 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also rushed for 62 yards on 46 carries and one touchdown last season.

8. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Is Drew Brees starting to lose it or no? Brees may be in his last season as the starting quarterback for this football team. Taysom Hill and Teddy Bridgewater did a solid job backing him up last year and they also went 5-0 in that span.

Jameis Winston will be the backup this season after signing a one-year deal with them after leaving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

It will be interesting to see what happens moving forward. Brees completed 281-of-378 of his passes (74.3 completion percentage) for 2,974 yards 27 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed for -4 yards on nine carries and one touchdown.

7. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Ryan can still air it out. He won an MVP before in his illustrious career. Ryan has a ton of weapons around him and he will need to air it out again this season. Ryan is in a loaded class of quarterbacks in the AFC South Division.

Matt Ryan was Top 5 in passing yards last season and I felt like he was the only quarterback in that group that belongs in my Top 10 list. Ryan completed 408-of-616 passes (66.2 completion percentage) for 4,466 yards 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also rushed for 147 yards on 34 carries and a score.

6. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom Brady is going to be on a revenge tour this season. Tampa Bay signed him to a two-year deal worth $60 million. Brady will have a lot more to work with this season in Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard, and Rob Gronkowski.

Bruce Arains will do wonders with him and Byron Leftwich is the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers will be dangerous with him at the helm. In New England with the Patriots, there wasn’t a lot of help.

Brady completed 373-of-613 of his passes (60.8 completion percentage) for 4,057 yards passing 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed for 34 yards on 26 carries and three touchdowns.

5. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans

5. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson is an amazing talent for the Houston Texans, but Bill O’Brien is letting it go to waste by the wayside. Watson doesn’t have his best-receiving option anymore in DeAndre Hopkins.

He was traded to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson but Deshaun Watson still has Kenny Stills, Will Fuller V, Brandin Cooks, and Randall Cobb.

However, their defense is going to be so bad that Watson is going to be asked to win a ton of 35-30 games this season. Deshaun Watson was not the reason why Houston blew a 24-0 lead against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round on the road before losing that game like 51-31.

Watson completed 333-of-495 of his passes (67.3 completion percentage) for 3,852 yards 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also rushed for 413 yards on 82 carries and seven touchdowns.

4. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz is one of the top quarterbacks in the league for a reason. Wentz is a beast. He did not have anyone to throw to last season and yet the Philadelphia Eagles found a way to win the NFC East at 9-7.

Carson Wentz was unlucky that he got injured against the Seattle Seahawks when JaDeveon Clowney hit him in the head and received criticism for it. Wentz did not have a 500-yard receiver to throw to last season.

Yet, people in Philadelphia question whether he is the guy or not because he is still in the shadow of Nick Foles. Wentz completed 388-of-607 of his passes (63.9 completion percentage) for 4,039 passing yards 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 243 yards on 61 carries and one touchdown last season.

3. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson won the MVP last season as his first season as the full-time starter. He came in the season before as a rookie and took over Joe Flacco.

Lamar Jackson is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this Baltimore Ravens team. He has a ton of speed, but he is one shot away from being injured.

Jackson gets a lot of comparisons to Michael Vick. Vick was left-handed despite Jackson being right-handed. Lamar Jackson can run and make throws on the run, but his pocket passing still needs work. He is on the cover of Madden 21.

Some people think it could be a curse and some people think it may not be. Jackson is number three because he doesn’t have the arm and capability to come from behind like Russell Wilson and Patrick Mahomes can.

He completed 265-of-401 of his passes (66.1 completion percentage) for 3,127 yards 36 touchdowns and six interceptions. Jackson also rushed for 1,206 yards on 176 carries and seven touchdowns.

2. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

2. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks: The Seattle Seahawks continue to be Russell Wilson dependent. At one point last season, Seattle was somehow 9-1 because of Russell Wilson and in first place in the NFC West after they defeated the San Francisco 49ers on the road 27-24.

The Seahawks had a chance to win the game in Week 17 against San Francisco, but they were inches short. Seattle’s defense got exposed against the Green Bay Packers in the AFC Divisional Round. Wilson should have won the MVP last season because they would have been 2-14 without him.

Russell Wilson is an inspiration to his coaches and teammates. He completed 341-of-516 of his passes (66.1 completion percentage) for 4,110 yards 31 touchdowns and five touchdowns. Wilson also rushed for 342 yards on 75 carries and three touchdowns.

1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs: It appeared as if Mahomes was going to end his season in a game on the road against the Denver Broncos due to a knee injury, but he was only out a couple of weeks.

Patrick Mahomes has already won an MVP and a Super Bowl MVP in his first two seasons as the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs after trading away Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins.

Mahomes can be down by any margin and lead a team to a victory. Kansas City trailed by 24 points against Houston in the second quarter and they had a 28-24 halftime lead and won 51-31. They also trailed by 10 against the Tennessee Titans and the San Francisco 49ers and won both of those games.

Patrick Mahomes could become of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. Kansas City won 35-24 against Tennessee and 31-20 against San Francisco.

Mahomes completed 319-of-484 of his passes (65.9 completion percentage) for 4,031 yards 26 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also rushed for 218 yards on 43 carries and two touchdowns.

Patrick Mahomes also has a plethora of riches on the offensive side of the ball. Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman Jr., Sammy Watkins, DeMarcus Robinson, Travis Kelce, Damien Williams, Darien Williams, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire are some of the key players he has on the roster.

Andy Reid is also a terrific play designer and Eric Bieniemy is a terrific play-caller. Bieniemy should have a head coaching job in the NFL.

Who do you think are the Top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL? Leave a comment below.

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