Training camps have commenced, and the NFL season is now about 40 days away. A lot of eyes will be on the top rookies that were drafted, most especially the five quarterbacks that were taken in the first round. However, there are obviously some big names that are returning at quarterback for this NFL season. Whether it is the experienced players like Tom Brady and Russell Wilson, or the rising stars like Carson Wentz and Jimmy Garoppolo, let’s see who are the 10 best quarterbacks for 2018.
Father Time has yet to get the best of Tom Brady. Brady has aged just like fine wine, and it’s almost as if he gets better as he gets older. Fresh off a MVP year, Tom Brady enters his 19th season in the league and is looking to start his second hand of rings. Was there really any surprise about this one?
After playing only seven games in 2017, Aaron Rodgers is looking to return to leading the Packers and making ridiculous plays for them. Rodgers is arguably the most talented quarterback in the league, and he is looking to validate that title this season.
Nick Foles may have won Philly its first Super Bowl in franchise history, but it is no secret that they would have not gotten there if it was not for Carson Wentz. Before tearing his ACL, Wentz threw for 33 touchdowns and over 3,000 yards. If he has fully recovered for the upcoming season, expect Wentz to pick up right where he left off.
Drew Brees is another player that Father Time has struggled against. Entering his 18th season, Brees is coming off of a 4,000 yard season. With weapons like Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara, and Michael Thomas around him, Brees has all the tools for another spectacular season.
Cam Newton is without a doubt the most physically gifted quarterback in the league. His size, strength, speed, and athleticism are ridiculous for someone that plays quarterback. Due to his physical attributes alone, Cam Newton always has a chance to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
Russell Wilson just barely missed out on the 4,000 yard club this past season with 3,983, but he did throw for 34 touchdowns, as well as rush for three more. Wilson’s ability to be both an effective passer and runner is what makes him such a great quarterback, and he will definitely showcase his dual-threat ability this upcoming season.
Matt Ryan was a little lopsided this past season with 12 interceptions and only 20 touchdowns, but he did eclipse 4,000 passing yards. If Ryan makes good decisions and takes care of the football in 2018, he can be the same player that he was in 2016.
Jimmy G lit the NFL on fire towards the end of the season. Once New England traded him to San Francisco, Jimmy Garoppolo finally got the chance to step out of Tom Brady’s shadow and be the quarterback that everyone knew he could be. In the 5 games that Garoppolo started, the 49ers went 5-0. So yeah, there is a lot of hype for this season in San Francisco.
Vikings fans have sky-high expectations for Kirk Cousins this season, considering the fact that he is going to earn an insane $84 million over three years. Luckily for Cousins, he has the ability to live up to those expectations. After throwing for 27 touchdowns and over 4,000 yards, Kirk Cousins will bring that level of play to Minnesota.
Deshaun Watson made all 11 teams that passed on him in the draft look like fools this past season. Just like Carson Wentz, Deshaun Watson was having a spectacular season before tearing his ACL. The only difference is that Watson was a rookie. In only seven games, Watson threw for 19 touchdowns and over 1,000 yards. If not for being injured, Watson would have undoubtedly won the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. If Watson is fully healthy, watch out for him to have an incredible comeback season.