With the shocking news of Washington trading for Alex Smith, the 2018 QB landscape got even muddier. I decided to take a crack at predicting the game 1 starters for 8 teams whose QB situations are up in the air. My goal is to get at least 2 correct lol. You may feel like other situations not mentioned here are also undecided but I feel like all of the other teams have their starter on their roster.
Wray Perkin and I were chatting and he decided to get in on the action as well. Winner takes all, here are our predictions.
WP: Draft Pick (Josh Rosen OR Sam Darnold)
Ok, I’m cheating by saying two names here. But, I’m personally torn as to which of the two is better, and they by all rights SHOULD take as much time as humanly possible to determine which one to take first overall. I will be able to offer a more informed prediction after the combine, but one thing is for sure: DeShone Kizer’s days as the Browns starter are over.
AJ: Tyrod Taylor
Shocker right? I think Alex Smith was the #1 choice for new General Manager John Dorsey, evident in reports that the Browns actually offered a 2nd rounder versus the 3rd offered by the Redskins. Sure there was a good young Corner Back in play as well with Washington, but sources report that the actual holdup was the 4 year extension Smith has already agreed to.
Those of you who know me know that I am a Browns fanatic and there are 2 things I am certain of. John Dorsey’s unwillingness to give Smith that extension means he is going to draft a QB at number 1 or 4, and the fact that they were in the mix with a 2nd rounder shows the Browns have no intention to start a rookie too soon again. (see Dishone Kizer)
It’s clear the marriage between the Bills and Taylor is over. In fact, the only negative grade I would give the Bills rookie head coach was that bone headed move to pull a winning QB for a later round rookie who went on to set turnover records. Taylor is a limited QB who can make plays with his legs and doesn’t turn over the ball. That second ingredient was exactly the problem with Deshone Kizer, who set some turnover records of his own. Taylor gives the Browns a nice short term option to mentor in the high pick rookie and Kizer, who I think can still be salvaged.
WP: Sam Bradford
I think Case Keenum will get paid this year by somebody, and it won’t be Minnesota. Wanting to keep their backfield, receiving corps and defence intact in the long term, I think they take the guy they were planning on starting this year in lieu of Teddy Bridgewater.
AJ: Case Keenum
This is not a Nick Foles/Carson Wentz situation, Sam Bradford got hurt in game 2!!! Keenum stepped in and won a lot of games and lead the Vikes to the playoffs where he won a magical game. They don’t know what the future holds for Teddy Bridgewater which means it is too early to give up on him. Keenum can hold down the fort while Teddy gets healthy, potentially going to the playoffs again, and the injury riddled Bradford will be set loose.
Some reports are saying Cousins to the Vikings… They have the cap room to do it but they also have an amazing team with some key players coming up for free agency after next year. I think choosing Cousins over those players is ludicrous, and I bet they do too.
WP: Draft Pick (Mason Rudolph)
The Bills have the #21 and #22 picks in the draft in April, and I believe they will use one of those picks on their QB of the future – and present. As it is projected right now, Mason Rudolph could be the best remaining option on the board at #21 – and it’s not a bad option. The Oklahoma State QB is a better true passer than Tyrod Taylor, and is experienced at the RPO’s which are taking over the NFL. It’s a slam dunk pick.
AJ: Kirk Cousins
I do not like Skip Bayless… He plays a character on tv and his opinions are often ridiculous and fabricated. He did say something the other day though that resonated with me.
Cousins also said something to me that resonated as well, which was that he would sacrifice money to be in a situation of winning.
When I combine these 2 things I arrive at the conclusion that Cousins will choose the Buffalo Bills and I think they are perfect for each other. The Broncos situation is just a little too high on the pressure gauge, where the Bills situation is sneaky good. Nobody will expect them to set the word on fire but to be honest, they just might be a better nucleus than the Broncos.
WP: Ryan Tannehill
If it hadn’t been for another freak ACL injury in the summer, he would have been the guy once again, and we would never have been subjected to another season of Jay Cutler memes. He’s the big money guy in Miami, and he’s still only 29, so he’ll be the guy until 2021.
AJ: Ryan Tannehill
I think they will go after Cousins and will lose out to the Bills situation… ouch right? After that, I agree with Wray above.
New York Jets
WP: Josh McCown
It’s weird to say that a 37-year old QB had a “breakout year,” but I think that’s what McCown had in New York in 2017. He’s expressed his desire to come back, and the Jets receivers seem to like him, so it appears as though the journeyman QB could end up with another contract with GangGreen. **The Jets will still take Baker Mayfield with the #6 pick.**
AJ: Josh McCown
WP literally took the words right out of my mouth…
WP: Kirk Cousins
GM John Elway wants someone with experience to lead his team. With Cousins definitely leaving Washington, he will likely be the most sought-after free agent QB, and Elway + the Broncos’ still-relevant defence + Demariyus Thomas/Emmanuel Sanders is a pretty attractive destination. Also, money. Money will make Denver attractive. **The Broncos will still take Josh Allen with the #5 pick.**
AJ: Draft Pick (Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield)
I think they will entertain the idea of Cousins but will lose out to the Bills (read above). The Broncos staff got to coach both Allen and Mayfield in the Senior Bowl and I think one of them will head to Denver and be the best option after the preseason.
WP: Case Keenum
I mentioned above he would get paid, and the Cardinals have a gaping void at the moment with the retirement of Carson Palmer and the impending free agency of Blaine Gabbert. Keenum fits a similar style as Palmer, and could be a good get for a team which is quietly stacked at receiver.
AJ: Sam Bradford
This is the biggest mystery by far. New head coach Steve Wilks comes from the Panthers and doesn’t have many ties to any of the QBs that will be available (similar to the Bills). Slotting Bradford here for now cause why not?
WP: Blake Bortles
Bortles gonna Bortle. UNLESS! The Jaguars select 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson and he beats out Bortles in camp.
AJ: Blake Bortles
Look what coach Doug Marrone did with Bortles this year. They were a few Patriots calls away from being in the Superbowl. The Jags are way less worried about their QB situation than the rest of us…