by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The injuries are mounting around the NFL and, while they weren’t necessarily to quarterbacks specifically (except for the recovery of Robert Griffin III),they definitely impact quarterbacks and their potential production. Let’s take a look at how things currently stack up in our quarterback rankings:
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
- Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
- Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions
- Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys
- Eli Manning – New York Giants
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals
- Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
- Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears
- Matt Schaub – Houston Texans
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs
- Jake Locker – Tennessee Titans
- Brandon Weeden – Cleveland Browns
- Christian Ponder – Minnesota Vikings
- Matt Flynn – Oakland Raiders
- E.J. Manuel – Buffalo Bills
- Joe Flacco could be a sought after quarterback after his Super Bowl run a year ago. However, the talent around him is dwindling after Anquan Boldin departed in the offseason and Dennis Pitta went down due to injury. While it’s not to say that Flacco won’t be throwing the football, it’s very likely that they utilize both Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce on the ground a bit more. Flacco remains a QB2, but his stock is dropping.
- It is looking more and more likely that Michael Vick wins the Eagles starting QB job, and it makes sense. Chip Kelly runs a high-paced offense and Vick is a much better fit than Nick Foles. Vick has the potential to produce big numbers, even without Jeremy Maclin, so push him up the rankings a little bit.
- All the news on Robert Griffin III has been positive, as he continues to work his way back and appears to be primed for Week 1. There’s still going to be questions, but with each passing day and no reported setbacks Griffin continues to climb our rankings. A healthy Griffin would’ve been a Top 3 or 4 option, so keep that in mind.
- Last season Philip Rivers appeared to turn things around once Danario Alexander returned to the field. Now he’s going to have to try and do it without Alexander again, as the receiver was lost for the season. Rivers was going to be a tough sell to begin with, but without Alexander it’s nearly impossible to trust him.
- Both E.J. Manuel and Geno Smith will likely take over as their respective team’s QB job, but if they are under center in Week 1 remains in question. They also have questionable supporting casts around them (though Manuel would benefit from C.J. Spiller), suppressing their potential. While we saw rookie quarterbacks reign supreme a year ago, don’t assume that’s going to happen again.
Make sure to check out all of our 2013 preseason rankings: