Our Experts Weigh in on the Top Signal Callers Heading into 2017
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There are plenty of exceptional players at every position in the NFL. Many can make claim they are the best or just the best at their respective position. I’m going to break down MY top five players in each position group, starting with the offense side of the ball.
NOTE: These rankings are going off of what I saw last season and what I think we will see this upcoming season.
1. Tom Brady / New England Patriots
Seriously, who else were you expecting? Brady is the GOAT, argue me if you want but the rings, the stats and his impeccable flow, does the talking for me. The guy was 39 years old last season, and came off of his four game suspension and began his “revenge tour”. Boy was it sweet revenge, the Patriots went on to go 12-1 with Brady as their starter in the regular season. Then the GOAT went on to lead a comeback that even I saw coming. Not only was his fifth Super Bowl win impressive but so were his stats throughout the season. In 12 games (missing his star tight end Gronk) Brady threw for 3,554 yards, 28 touchdowns and two interceptions.. two!! Unless Father Time hits him hard next season, I don’t see him slowing down.
2. Aaron Rodgers / Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers has been absolutely terrific since he stepped out of the shadow of NFL legend Brett Farve. There is two things Rodgers hates doing and those are throwing incomplete passes and throwing picks and I can tell you right now, the guy doesn’t throw many of either. In 2016 he threw for, 4,428 yards, 40 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Not to mention he completed 65.7 percent of his passes, now that’s some shit.
3. Matt Ryan / Atlanta Falcons
Ah, good ole Matty Ice. Guy just loves ripping apart my favorite team’s secondary. He was the MVP last season, and led his team to the Super Bowl, need I say more?
4. Drew Brees / New Orleans Saints
Breesus, just tosses that pigskin around like it ain’t nothin’. Brees has posted five 5,000 yard seasons. FIVE!! No other QB has thrown for more than one. The 38 year old hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down and even with the loss of speedster Brandin Cooks, look out for Drew Brees to lead another potent Saints offense.
5. Derek Carr / Oakland Raiders
Before his season ending injury, Carr had his team in Super Bowl hopes and himself in MVP conversation. Carr has shown exceptional poise in the pocket and with a few new additions on offense, I can see his stock going way up after this upcoming season.
Ben Roethlisberger / Pittsburgh Steelers
Marcus Mariota / Tennessee Titans
Philip Rivers / Los Angeles Chargers
Matthew Stafford / Detroit Lions