Our time with this series has come to an end. Once again thanks to those who have viewed and discussed the past 7 articles with me. It has allowed me to learn more about your quarterbacks than I can from stat lines and watching a handful of their games. I understand I've sparked a little up rage specifically with discussing Carson Wentz over Sam Bradford, as well as Carson Palmer over Russell Wilson, but its all in good fun and learning more about all 4 of those athletes and their situations is really what the aim was for. So, the AFC East.
1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
No competition, as far as I am concerned Brady is still a top 2 quarterback in the NFL with Aaron Rodgers at top, and even that is debatable. Tom had an excellent year and almost completed a comeback to lead them to another Super Bowl. Another year of Brady/Belichek means another year of the Patriots taking the AFC East. Similar to 2011, I expect the Patriots to play well with young Jimmy G in, as the system in New England has proven it can win games even without Tom. Once he returns, all bets are off. Adding a talented route runner in Malcom Mitchell and FA Martellus Bennett only give Tom more weapons, which is a dangerous thought.
Stat Prediction: 3,900 yards 30 TDs 7 INTs
2. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
Adding offensive line help was huge for the Dolphins, and grabbing the best one in the draft is icing on the cake. While they took a step forward with the draft, they took a step back in Free agency losing running back Lamar Miller to the Texans. Regardless, Tannehill threw for over 4K Yards with a 2:1 TD/INT ratio. Its not amazing, but with a developing Devonte Parker and a star slot in Jarvis Landry, Tannehill has little excuse not to step his level of play up.
Stat Prediction: 4,200 26 TDs 13 INTs
3. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
Tyrod played better than Tannehill this season, but one good season isn't enough to propel him to the #2 spot. Taylor is in the best position to succeed as he has a pro bowl caliber target in Sammy Watkins and a healthy LeSean McCoy to take away the pressure. What I liked about Tyrod is that he didn't turn the ball over. Protecting the football and making plays with his legs shows me that he learned well down in Baltimore, and plays like a vet. I look for more trust in Taylor as he gets his first full season under his belt as a starter.
Stat Prediction: 3,600 yards 24 TDs 8 INTs
4. Geno Smith, New York Jets
Another quarterback controversy in New York with an interesting prospect in 2nd round pick Christian Hackenberg. Geno has shown flashes but this is really his last chance to prove he can be the guy. I fully expect Hack to bring pressure on Smith to perform and it may drive him to be better, but unless he kicks it up a gear expect the starting spot to be up for grabs next season. Adding another vet in Matt Forte will inflate those numbers, and help bring veteran leadership to the Jets offense. The return of Jace Amaro to the team is also my dark horse fantasy tight end sleeper. Really, with Eric Decker, Brandon Marshall, and Matt Forte as 3 of your 5 eligibles, there is no excuse to not perform well. Geno is in the hot seat.