I will be ranking the starting/projected starting quarterbacks in the NFL. This article will be my bottom-ranked starting quarterbacks going into 2022. While stats will play a factor, team situation and a sprinkle of opinion will also play a role in determining the rankings. All stats are via PFR. Without further ado, let’s get into it.
#32: Cleveland Browns: Jacoby Brisset
5 Starts, 2-3 Record, 62.7% Completion Rate, 1283 Yards, 5 TD/4 INT
Brissett is my worst (presumed) starting quarterback going into 2022. I think Brissett is a high-end backup who can keep you afloat, but he’s not a guy I want to start the majority of the season.
#31: Chicago Bears: Justin Fields
10 Starts, 2-8 Record, 58.9% Completion Rate, 1870 Yards, 7 TD/10 INT
Fields had an ugly rookie campaign. I don’t know that the Bears’ front office did enough to help build around him for his sophomore season, and for that I think he will struggle again in 2022. It’s up in the air about what Matt Eberflus will be able to do, but I have little faith in Chicago to help Justin.
#30: New York Giants: Daniel Jones
11 Starts, 4-7 Record, 64.3% Completion Rate, 2428 Yards, 10 TD/7 INT
Jones is in a put up or shut up season. Brian Daboll and his new staff have no affinity to Jones, who could easily be cut if he has another lackluster season in 2022. If he can’t regain his form from 2019 (minus the fumbles,) Look for Jones to be a free agent next offseason.
#29: Seattle Seahawks: Drew Lock
3 Starts, 0-3 Record, 60.4% Completion Rate, 787 Yards, 2 TD/2 INT
Watching Lock last year in his limited playing time, I can say that it wasn’t pretty. He didn’t give the boost that many hoped for to what was a sluggish offense. Many will attribute his lack of development to the change to Pat Shurmur as OC, which is a fair take. Time will tell if he can redeem his career.
#28: Atlanta Falcons: Marcus Mariota
0 Starts, 0-0 Record, 50% Completion Rate, 4 Yards, 0 TD/0 INT
Mariota served as backup to Derek Carr last season, being used as more of a gadget/Option quarterback at times during the Raiders’ season. He hasn’t taken more than 350 snaps since 2018, and managed to get benched in 2019 for Ryan Tannehill. Like another First Round quarterback from the 2015 draft, Mariota will attempt to revive his career. I don’t think he will be the future in Atlanta, but a strong season could see him earn a contract elsewhere.
#27: SF 49ers: Trey Lance
2 Starts, 1-1 Record, 57.7% Completion Rate, 603 Yards, 5 TD/2 INT
From what I saw of Lance last year, I do think that there is promise with him. He’s a raw, developmental talent like Josh Allen was. The small sample size, however, limits where I’m willing to put Lance going into his second season. Jimmy G still being on the roster could be a sign that Lance still needs work before he is ready to be a full-time starter.
#26: Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence
17 Starts, 3-14 Record, 59.6% Completion Rate, 3641 Yards, 12 TD/17 INT
Trevor Lawrence suffered from a lot of things during his rookie campaign. Urban Meyer was a team cancer, the recieving talent around him was awful, and he generally had little to no help over the course of the year. I think he could be due for a boost in year two, especially with Doug Pederson calling the shots now. As of now, we don’t know what to expect this season. Time will tell if he is able to build upon week 18 from last season.
#25: Washington Commanders: Carson Wentz
17 Starts, 9-8 Record, 62.4% Completion Rate, 3563 Yards, 27 TD/7 INT
I don’t know how to feel about Carson Wentz. On one hand, he improved mightily over his awful 2020 season. On another, he still doesn’t look like the same quarterback we saw in 2017. Wentz still had some boneheaded moments and choked when it mattered most. We’ll see if he can clean that up in 2022 with a fresh start, but my faith isn’t there for him.
#24: New York Jets: Zach Wilson
13 Starts, 3-10 Record, 55.6% Completion Rate, 2334 Yards, 9 TD/11 INT
The flashes made me a little bit mad last year watching Zach. They made me mad becuase he couldn’t put it all together. When he was on, he was a lot of fun to watch. I think with the way the Jets’ front office is building around him, he has a chance to prove himself as a legit NFL starter in 2022.
#23: Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa
The Lefty needs to have a breakout year in 2022. He has three outstanding weapons in Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, and Mike Gisicki. If Tua can’t put it all together this year, the Dolphins may look to trade up for one of next years’ quarterbacks. Questions still remain about his arm strength and while I don’t think he is a bad quarterback, he hasn’t shown enough to warrant a higher ranking.
#22: New England Patriots: Mac Jones
17 Starts, 10-7 Record, 67.6% Completion Rate, 3801 Yards, 22 TD/13 INT
I think the jury is still out on Jones. Looking at only numbers, he was the best quarterback of the 2022 draft class. However, I think otherwise. Jones wasn’t brilliant in the Patiots’ seven game win streak from week 7-13, outside of a 307 yard, 2 touchdown day in a 54-13 dismantling of the Jets. I think he has the highest floor of all the rookies from 2021, but he has to prove that his ceiling is higher before I’m any higher on him.
#21: Houston Texans: Davis Mills
11 Starts, 2-9 Record, 66.8% Completion Rate, 2664 Yards, 16 TD/10 INT
Mills, in my opinion, was the best quarterback of the 2021 rookies. His record and counting stats may look a bit pedestrian, but given Jones’ workload, Mills could have outdone Mac from what I saw. The fact that he managed to put these numbers up on a horrendous Texans team this season makes me wonder what he can do with some time and more pieces around him. On a side note, quarterbacks with long necks seem to do well in Houston (See: Matt Shaub.)
#20: Detroit Lions: Jared Goff
14 Starts, 3-10-1 Record, 67.2% Completion rate, 3245 Yards, 19 TD/8 INT
My friends and I have a nickname for Goff from one play while we were playing Madden: Vanilla Vick. All jokes aside, I’m excited to see what Goff can do in year 2 in Detroit. I think Dan Campbell can get most of what Sean McVay got out of him. I think adding Jameson Williams will be a big boost for Goff, who could be in line for his best season in years.
#19: Pittsburgh Steelers: Mitch Trubisky
0 Starts, 75% Completion rate, 75 Yards, 0 TD/0 INT
THE NVP IS FREE FROM MATT NAGY. Okay, he has been for a year. All jokes aside, I think that he has had enough time under a better coaching staff to truly develop more than he did in Chicago. I think Tomlin can coax the best out of him before Pickett takes over. Money Mitch has a great chance to revive his career, and earn himself a handsome contract from another team if the Steelers decide to move on after 2022.
#18: New Orleans Saints: Jameis Winston
7 Starts, 5-2 Record, 59% Completion Rate, 1170 Yards, 14 TD/3 INT
Jameis was on a tear in the first seven games last year. Unfortunately, he would end up tearing his ACL, cutting short what was shaping up to be a redemption season for him. Whether or not he picks up where he left off is up in the air. I think he has the ability to do so.
#17: Carolina Panthers: Baker Mayfield
14 Starts, 6-8 Record, 60.5% Completion Rate, 3010 Yards, 17 TD/13 INT
Baker tried to play hurt last year, and it really didn’t go all too well, although I would take an Injured Mayfield over other healthy quarterbacks in this league. I think with different weapons, a healthy shoulder, and a possibly healthy CMC, Baker could return to his form from 2020.
#16: Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Hurts
15 Starts, 8-7 Record, 61.3% Completion Rate, 3144 Yards, 16 TD/9 INT
I’m still not convinced that Hurts is going to skyrocket like many think he will. With that being said, there will be improvement. Defenses will have to respect his running ability, but he needs to make more plays with his arm before I’m convinced to put him higher.
#15: Tennesee Titans: Ryan Tannehill
17 Starts, 12-5 Record, 67.2% Completion Rate, 3734 Yards, 21 TD/14 INT
Tannehill regressed last year. Whether it was age or the absence of King Henry will be answered this season. I think the loss of AJ Brown will hurt more than people think while Treylon Burks is getting acclimated to the NFL. We could see Malik Willis get playing time this year if Ryan doesn’t step it up. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt though.
#14: Indianapolis Colts: Matt Ryan
17 Starts, 7-10 Record, 67% Completion Rate, 3968 Yards, 20 TD/12 INT
I think we have returned to the time where Ryan is a lock for 4k yards and at least 20 touchdowns. He just barely missed 4000 yards with a lackluster recieving core this season. Look for Ryan to rebound in his age 37 Season. One could argue that he may start to decline, but at this rate, I think he still has another few solid seasons left.
#13: Minnesota Vikings: Kirk Cousins
16 Starts, 8-8 Record, 66.3% Completion Rate, 4221 Yards, 33 TD/7 INT
Kirk, on one hand, is a very underrated quarterback. On another, it’s amazing that he hasn’t done anything with the talent around him. I think a lot of that could have been Mike Zimmer’s fault, but if they fail to improve with Kevin O’Connel as their coach, it’s not going to look good for Kirk or the Vikings.
#12: Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray
14 Starts, 9-5 Record, 69.2% Completion Rate, 3787 Yards, 24 TD/10 INT
After an 8-1 Start, Kyler and the Cards crumbled down the stretch. Murray played rather mediore over the final stretch of the year, and his contract holdout isn’t good for anyone. I think Kyler has the tools to put it all together, and one has to question Kliff Kingsbury’s coaching. I think Kyler will continue to improve, but the Cardinals need to figure out why they crumble in the second half of the season and the playoffs before it’s too late.
#11: Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson
12 Starts, 7-5 record, 64.4% Completion Rate, 2882 Yards, 16 TD/13 INT
Lamar had a down year in 2021, punctuated with an ankle injury that cut his season short. The thing that scares me is that Lamar seems to be regressing as a passer. I think he has the ability to figure it out, but the Ravens trading Hollywood is not going to do him any favors. He may end up running more this year, which may see his passing numbers dip even more. All in all, however, I think 2021 was just an off year for an injured Ravens squad, and they may be able to pull it together in 2022.
#10: Las Vegas Raiders: Derek Carr
17 Starts, 10-7 Record, 68.4% Completion Rate, 4804 Yards, 23 TD/14 INT
23 is an oddly low touchdown count for a 4800 yard year. Regardless, Carr played extremely well admist all of the chaos of 2021. With Davantae Adams, Darren Waller, and Hunter Renfrow, I think Carr will see his best statistical season since 2016 in terms of touchdowns to interceptions ratio.
#9: Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott
16 Starts, 11-5 Record, 68.8% Completion Rate, 4449 Yards, 37 TD/10 INT
The most recent NVP will have his work cut out for him this season with the losses that Dallas sustained this offseason. Do I think he is going to regress heavily? No. I do think that he needs to avoid another mid-season slump this year, however, if Dallas wants to stop being clowned for not doing anything of importance since 1995.
#8: L.A. Chargers: Justin Herbert
17 Starts, 9-8 Record, 65.9 Completion Rate, 5014 Yards, 38 TD/15 INT
Herbert was one tie away from his first playoff appearence in what could go down as the greatest regular season finale of all time. Witht he additions to bolster the defense, I expect a playoff run from the Chargers this year. The Defense should improve, and I think “Herbie” will continue to do his thing.
#7: Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Burrow
Joe Brrr’s 2021
16 Starts, 10-6 Record, 70.4% Completion Rate, 4611 Yards, 34 TD/14 INT
Joe Shiesty had a year to remember in 2021. The stats that he had with an awful offensive line is a testament to what he could do with an improved O-line, which on paper, should be better in 2022. Burrow and the Bengals could easily make another run to the Super Bowl next season. Look for Burrow to play even better next season.
#6: Los Angeles Rams: Matt Stafford
17 Starts, 12-5 Record, 67.2% Completion Rate, 4886 Yards, 41 TD/17 INT, Super Bowl Champion
Lions fans may want to look away from this one. Stafford had the best season he has had in nearly a decade in 2021. One may be concerned by his somewhat high interception total, but it’s what you’ll get from a big-armed gunslinger like Stafford. Him winning a superbowl in LA pretty much proves that the Lions cannot have nice things. Look for him and the Rams to make more noise next season becuase I think they found the infinite money glitch. Okay Lions fans, you can look again.
#5: Denver Broncos: Russell Wilson
14 Starts, 6-8 Record, 64.8% Completion Rate, 3113 Yards, 25 TD/6 INT
The reason I, as well as many other Broncos fans have hope for 2022. Russ, although hurt, put together a VERY efficient 2021 despite a lacking supporting cast. With a revamped Broncos’ roster and a good quarterback for the first time in six years, there is renewed hope that the playoffs will come back to Dove Valley.
#4: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tom Brady
17 Starts, 13-4 Record, 67.5% Completion Rate, 5316 Yards, 43 TD/12 INT
Will Father Time ever win? Brady has experienced a rennisance of sorts in Tampa after two off years to end his time in New England. Many people will say that he’ll slow down with age, but we’ve been saying this for years and it hasn’t truly happened. I guess we’ll see what he has left up his sleeve for 2022.
#3: Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen
17 Starts, 11-6 Record, 63.3% Completion Rate, 4407 Yards, 36 TD/15 INT
I think allen is the most gifted quarterback in the league. With that said, the only thing that I’ll put against Allen is that he hasn’t won the Big Games yet, although you could blame that one on the defense. If there is a year to bring the first Super bowl back to Buffalo, 2022 is the year.
#2: Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers
16 Starts, 13-3 Record, 68.9% Completion Rate, 4114 Yards, 37 TD/4 INT
While I think Allen is the most talented, Rodgers has the prettiest thrown ball I’ve ever seen. Back-to-Back MVPs is extremely incredible, but I think he needs another ring to really cement his legacy. It’ll be interesting to see how he does without Davantae Adams this season, but with it being Aaron Rodgers, how worried can you be?
#1: Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes
17 starts, 12-5 Record, 66.3 Completion Rate, 4839 Yards, 37 TD/13 INT
Mahomeboy is the best quarterback in the NFL right now, no question about it. The loss of Tyreek Hill may hurt for a few weeks, but he’ll find a way to make it work. Mahomes is extremely gifted, and can carry whatever team to at the very, very least a winning record.
Well, there is my 2022 quarterback power rankings. Have a nice night!
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