In today’s NFL there are many superb athletes. However, some are far more entertaining than the others. Don’t get me wrong, every game is very fun to watch. Typically though, I find myself watching one player very closely just to see how well they perform. In this league there are good players, great players, and STARS. I will rank the top five most watchable players in the NFL, with one being the most exciting player to watch in the league.
5. Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers. He has been one of the best quarterbacks in the National Football League for many years. Last year seemed to be somewhat of an off-year for Aaron and the Packers, even though he put up exceptional numbers. Last season Rodgers threw for 4,442 passing yards, 25 touchdowns, and a mere two interceptions. All with a completion percentage of 62.3%. All that aside, the Packers finished 6-9-1 on the season and failed to make the playoffs.
In 2019, Rodgers and the Packers are off to a very hot start. The Packers are in first place in the NFC North at a record of 8-2. Already they have two more wins than last year. For Aaron, he is having a great statistical season through only 10 games. He has thrown for 2,718 yards, 17 touchdowns, and two interceptions. Additionally, Rodgers has run for 109 yards on 29 attempts and has one rushing touchdown. In one game against the Raiders, Aaron threw for 429 yards and five touchdowns. This game was one of the most dominant performances by a single player in this 2019 season.
4. Christian McCaffrey
Christian McCaffrey is also having a dominating season. With the injury to Cam Newton early on in the season, the Carolina Panthers have been starting the young backup Kyle Allen. This has forced McCaffrey to really step up and be a leader. He has done that and more. The Panthers, along with McCaffrey’s exceptional play, are in second place in the NFC South behind the New Orleans Saints.
As far as statistics go, Christian is also off to a fast start. He has rushed for 989 yards, 11 touchdowns, and has only one fumble. He is averaging 5.3 yards per carry. Not only is he a great rusher, but he is great as a pass-catcher as well. McCaffrey has caught 48 out of his 59 targets for 396 yards. He has 3 passing touchdowns to go along with the 11 rushing touchdowns. Some things that don’t show up on the stat sheets though are all the hurdles and stiff arms that just make defenders look silly.
3. Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson is in his third year in the league out of Clemson. After winning a national championship with the Tigers, the Texans selected him 12th overall and he has not disappointed. He has been electrifying on the field. Watson has suffered a few injuries, but when he’s healthy he is exceptional.
Deshaun has thrown for 2,432 yards, 18 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He has a completion percentage of 70.2%. He has also rushed for 279 yards on 52 attempts. Watson has also tacked on five rushing touchdowns. Most notably this season, Deshaun was scrambling outside of the pocket in a game against the Raiders and he was kicked in the eye inadvertently by a Raiders defender. Watson while still running, checked to make sure his eye was still in the socket, and threw a go-ahead touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter.
2. Lamar Jackson
I will say it right now, Lamar Jackson is a QUARTERBACK. One of the biggest concerns for Lamar coming out of college at Louisville in 2018, was that he is just a running quaterback. Many people around the league thought it would be better for him to switch from quarterback to wide receiver or runningback. Weren’t they wrong? Lamar Jackson is one of the front runners to be MVP this season, as a quarterback. He has done a phenomenal job at shutting up his doubters.
Lamar has led the Ravens to a 7-2 record atop the AFC North and knocked off the previously unbeaten Patriots. Statistically, he has been outstanding. Jackson has thrown for 2,036 yards, 15 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He currently has a completion percentage of 65.9%. Rushing wise, he has 702 yards on 106 attempts for an average of 6.6 yards per carry. Lamar has six rushing touchdowns on the year. It seems like every week there is a new highlight of his amazing skill set. If you haven’t watched this kid play, I highly recommend it.
1. Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes is my most watchable player in the NFL. Between the sidearm throws and the no-look passes, this was a no-brainer for me. Patrick was the MVP of the league last year and he deserved it. In 2018, Pat threw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns. Yes, 50 touchdowns. He also ran it in for a touchdown twice. His completion percentage was 66.0%. The one blemish on his 2018 stat sheet is the 12 interceptions he threw. He led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship game where they fell to the Patriots, who eventually won the Super Bowl.
This season, Mahomes has battled injury. He has had a sprained ankle and a dislocated kneecap. However, he (along with some help from backup Matt Moore) still has the Chiefs at 6-4 to lead the AFC West. Mahomes has missed two games and still has thrown for 2,626 yards, 18 touchdowns, and one interception. Mahomes has a completion percentage of 66.3% on the season. He has also run for 82 yards on 17 attempts.
Mahomes seems to be the ideal quarterback to have in the league today, he can pass the ball as well as anyone from about any spot on the field with any arm angle, and he can run the ball very well when he isn’t able to create some magic with his arm. I fully expect last year’s MVP title to be one of many for the young star. I can’t wait to see what his bright NFL future holds.
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