NFC East 2022: Ranking the Quarterbacks

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Dallas Cowboys – Dak Prescott

Entering his sixth professional season, Dak Prescott has cemented himself as the standard bearer for NFC East Quarterbacks. Hands down, and it pains me to say this, Prescott is the best quarterback in the division. Across both regular season and playoff metrics, Prescott stands out amongst his NFC East rivals.

Dak ranks first in nearly all offensive categories, cumulative and per game. Prescott and Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz have been in the National Football League since 2016 while their rivals Jalen Hurts and Daniel Jones have been in the league since 2020 and 2019, respectively.

While playing in the same amount of games as Carson Wentz (85), Prescott has almost 1,700 more passing yards than Wentz and three more touchdowns on almost 120 fewer pass attempts. Needless to say, Prescott has been more efficient and a better winner (53 wins for Prescott compared to 44 for Wentz) than his NFC East counterpart.

With the Dallas Cowboys’ recent investment in their offensive line via the draft with the number 24th overall pick being offensive tackle Tyler Smith out of Tulsa, Prescott is still involved in Dallas’ long-term plans. The Cowboys and the Jones family also took an offensive tackle out of North Dakota with their 5th round and 155th overall pick, Matt Waltzko.

Dak Prescott, at age 29, is entering the second season of a four-year, $160 million deal. The deal included a total of $126 million guaranteed, a $66 million signing bonus, and $95 million delivered to Dak’s bank account after signing. Prescott is the Cowboys quarterback of the present and future. He is also the best quarterback in the NFC East heading into the 2022 season.

Philadelphia Eagles – Jalen Hurts

People often forget Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is entering only his third professional season. Is it because he has been in the national spotlight for quite some time since quarterbacking the Alabama Crimson Tide? Possibly but he doesn’t get a fair shake when it comes to his development and the amount of time he’s spent in the league.

Over the course of 19 starts, Hurts has shown great development. Further, his General Manager Howie Roseman has gone out of his way to acquire weapons for QB1 as well as keep a great offensive line intact year after year.

After starting four games in 2020 at 22 years old, Hurts only completed 52% of his 148 attempts for 1,061 yards, six touchdowns, and four interceptions. In 2021, Hurts improved his accuracy to 61.3%. Although it is not where it should be, it is definitely a needed improvement taking Hurts from year two to three with the organization. Hurt’s yards per game increased from a measly 70.7 in 2020 to almost 210 yards passing per game in 2021.

Despite the criticism of taking too many sacks and too many big hits, Hurts’ sack percentage dropped from 8.1% in 2020 to 5.7% in 2021. Unfortunately, his completed air yards per completion dropped from 7.7 yards to 6.3 yards. All expectations pointing towards the number, and many others, improving with the addition of wide receiver AJ Brown and the development of fellow wide receiver DeVonta Smith.

Jalen Hurts not only has a great offensive line, barring injuries, but improved weapons. Most importantly, he will be in his second full season under the same offensive coordinator and scheme making progress all the more inevitable.

Unfathomable to say just three years ago, Hurts’ ceiling with his current organization is much higher than say Carson Wentz with the Washington Commanders.

Washington Commanders – Carson Wentz

After being run out of Philadelphia by his own doing and lack of leadership, it seems like the same but bit Carson Wentz in his trek to Indianapolis. A three-win, eight-loss record in 2020, Wentz’s first in Indianapolis, was met with heavy skepticism and questions around Wentz’s future in the NFL. Wentz almost met the challenge with a 9-8 record in 2021 but included in that record is an epic collapse, ultimately losing a playoff appearance in the last week of the season.

Wentz completed 62.4% of passes, right in line with his career average of 62.6% but way off of his career high in 2018 when he completed almost 70% of his passes.

Traded to Washington this off-season, Wentz joins an organization in turmoil in more ways than one. His weapons include wide receiver Terry McLaurin, recently signed to a three-year, $71 million extension, and first-round pick Jahan Dotson. After those two, the skill level drops off a cliff for the Commanders. Wentz may just be a one or two-year stop gap with fifth-round pick and quarterback Sam Howell waiting right below him on the depth chart.

New York Giants – Daniel Jones

Quarterback Daniel Jones is a disappointment amongst disappointments in the New York Giant organization. The Giants seem to have the winning card of Bingo for terrible, high-profile transactions. Former first-round pick and wide receiver Kadarius Toney has not met expectations. Wide receiver Kenny Golladay signed a $72 million contract and showed third wide receiver production for his big payday.

Free-agent signing Tyrod Taylor is waiting in the wings in case Daniel Jones gets off to a slow start. The chances of that happening are almost a sure bet.

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