Having a reliable quarterback is the gold standard of the NFL today. A team without a good quarterback simply wouldn’t last; a running game alone can only take you so far. Devising a one dimensional game plan just isn’t going to cut it for offensive coordinators.
With retirement coming closer for some of the greats like Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, its time to pass the torch to the younger generation of throwers.
With that being said, here’s the top quarterbacks at age 25-and-under:
- Dak Prescott
- Teddy Bridgewater
- Mitchell Trubisky
1. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
Last season, Wentz was the top candidate for the MVP trophy and was playing at an unbelievable level each game. Wentz made some big improvements as a decision maker and just displaying confidence. Due to his devastating injury against the Los Angeles Rams, Wentz season was cut short. He ended his sophomore season with a 101.9 quarterback rating, 3,296 passing yards, and 33 touchdown passes. A fire has been lit inside of Wentz after, watching the Super Bowl from the sidelined with an injury. The sky is the limit for this 25-year-old who has something to prove in 2018.
2. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
As a rookie, Goff really struggled to catch up to game speed in the NFL after being thrown into the starting lineup. Year two was totally different as he led his Rams to the postseason for the first time since 2004. Unfortunately, they lost the Wild Card game to the Falcons. Goff ended last season with 3,804 passing yards and 28 touchdowns. With defensive playmakers in Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters being added and receiver Brandin Cooks, Goff could be slinging the ball more often than not with new weapons and a defense that can erase mistakes.
3. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
Watson was another quarterback last season who was on fire last season until he tore his ACL in practice. In the seven games he did play, Watson was balling out of control; Watson threw 19 touchdown passes, passed for 1,699 yards, and had a 103 quarterback rating in his debut season with the Texans. The 22-year-old gunslinger also had a game against the Seahawks where he threw for 402 passing yards and four touchdowns. That’s pretty impressive for a rookie quarterback going up against the one of the top defenses in the league. Watson has a killer instinct and is going to be an amazing player in this league.
4. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
Despite battling injuries most of the season, Mariota was still able to lead his Titans to their first playoff win since 2003. The 24-year-old had a bit of a down season last year due to limitations as well as adjusting to new personnel out wide. Mariota ended his season with a 79.3 quarterback rating, 3,232 passing yards, and threw 15 interceptions. But, with a new season ahead of him, he should be healthy and familiar with Corey Davis, Rishard Matthews, and company.
5. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
During the 2017-18 season, Winston had a career-high completion percentage of 63.8. He also threw for 3,504 yards, 19 touchdowns, and had a 92.2 quarterback rating. This was a down season for Winston as he had some trouble with turnovers. But, with big weapons like Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson and limiting turnovers, this should be an interesting “Eat a W!” type of season for Winston. The time is now otherwise he could be breaching unsettled territory next summer.