NFL starting quarterback movement has been at an all-time high this offseason. From Tom Brady to Teddy Bridgewater, several notable QBs have changed teams this month.
More big moves are probably coming, too. Cam Newton, Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton are each expected to land with a new team ahead of the 2020 season.
For now, though, there could be at least six new starting quarterbacks when the ’20 season begins. They are Brady, Bridgewater, Philip Rivers, Tyrod Taylor, Jarrett Stidham and Nick Foles.
The first three QBs are locks to start – barring injury – while the other three are expected by many to win their respective competitions, as noted by ESPN today.
Here’s our ranking of the six:
1. Tom Brady, Buccaneers
2. Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers
3. Philip Rivers, Colts
4. Nick Foles, Bears
5. Tyrod Taylor, Chargers
6. Jarrett Stidham, Patriots
Brady comes it at No. 1 because, well, duh. He didn’t put up great numbers in 2019 and yes, he’ll be 43 when the season begins, but I’m not betting against the six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback in Tampa Bay. Brady and the Bucs’ weapons on offense should prove to be quite lethal.
Bridgewater, meanwhile, looked extremely solid replacing an injured Drew Brees in 2019. The Panthers have several nice playmakers on offense and they’ve added Robby Anderson in free agency. Bridgewater should play extremely well under Matt Rhule.
Rivers’ status heading into 2020 is a little more questionable. He’s clearly on the decline as a player, but he should benefit from the Colts’ offensive line and overall system.
Foles comes in at No. 4 and might have the worst odds of the six when it comes to being his team’s Day 1 starter. Eventually, though, he should replace Mitch Trubisky in Chicago.
Taylor and Stidham round out the list. The Chargers have been linked to Cam Newton, so perhaps Taylor will be supplanted before Week 1. Stidham is by far the most unproven of the six.
How would you rank these six heading into 2020?