By: Brock Wells (@BrockWells22)
Top Five NFL Quarterbacks Entering 2022
5. Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson is the greatest running quarterback in the history of the NFL and one of the most creative quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. Putting up 1,000-yard rushing seasons like a halfback, Jackson has helped to expand the definition of the quarterback. Coming into 2022, he looks to rebound after a disappointing 2021 season in which he missed five games and the Baltimore Ravens missed the playoffs.
Just 25-years-old, there’s no reason to think Jackson will be unable to return to form. Look for him to lead the Ravens into the playoff picture in 2022. In an AFC North now featuring a rebuilding Steelers team and a Browns team in complete disarray, the opportunity exists for them to compete with the Cincinnati Bengals for the division crown.
4. Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers will likely be in the MVP conversation again in the 2022 season. In this era where the award seems to only go to quarterbacks, Rodgers seems to be the perpetual favorite to win it each year. In terms of his sheer skill and ability, there are very few quarterbacks in the history of the NFL who can touch him. But his lack of willingness to become part of the team that surrounds him is ultimately his downfall.
Rodgers will surely be great again in 2022. Even with the departure of Davante Adams. But how good will the Green Bay Packers be? Will they make the playoffs again just to lose to another team they should surely be able to handle? Seems likely, as this has become the predictable pattern of late for them.
3. Tom Brady
Tom Brady, the greatest quarterback in NFL history, again takes his place among the best quarterbacks on the current scene in 2022. Brady will be 45 for the Buccaneers’ Week One game against the Dallas Cowboys, and clearly has nothing left to prove, as he’s accomplished more than any other NFL player ever has or likely ever will. But don’t tell him that. With Mike Evans and Leonard Fournette returning, he looks to lead one of the league’s most explosive offenses.
Brady’s return to the Buccaneers after a “retirement” lasting, what, a couple of weeks(?), puts them right back in the mix for the NFC in 2022. Or will this be the season he finally starts to play like a 45-year-old? As long as the team around him is built well enough to sustain him, don’t count on that happening.
2. Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes is entering a career defining 2022 season. With the offseason departure of Tyreek Hill, Mahomes has to prove once and for all that he’s the one who made Hill great and not the other way around. He still has Travis Kelce at his disposal, and the arrival of JuJu Smith-Schuster should help the Chiefs’ offense overall. But ultimately, the 2022 season rises or falls with their quarterback.
Mahomes is leading a team in a division that improved substantially this offseason. It’s feasible to assume that any of the four teams in the AFC West could make a play for the postseason. How will the Chiefs respond to this? Until they’ve proven unable to overcome the loss of Hill, safe to say their quarterback will still take them a distance.
1. Josh Allen
Josh Allen is the best quarterback in the NFL at this moment. With the addition of Jamison Crowder this offseason and the rapidly rising Gabriel Davis, Allen has all the weapons he needs to fulfill that title. The Buffalo Bills are exactly where they want to be heading into the 2022 season. One of the clear favorites in the AFC, their quarterback is the number one reason why this is the case.
Allen has the best shot of any quarterback to make his name in NFL history in the 2022 season. Arguably the most physically gifted quarterback to ever play the position, the cards are finally in place for the Bills to run over their AFC East competition and get back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1993.
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