Yards Per Attempt
"Patrick Mahomes: 8.4 Y/A Deshaun Watson: 8.3 Y/A Ryan Tannehill, Jimmy Garoppolo: 8.2 Y/A Jameis Winston: 8.1 Y/A Philip Rivers: 8 Y/A Drew Brees, Dak Prescott, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Nick Mullens: 7.9 Y/A 20. Baker Mayfield: 7.4 Y/A"
Yards Per Completion
"Jameis Winston: 13 Y/C Patrick Mahomes: 12.7 Y/C Ryan Tannehill: 12.3 Y/C Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Mullens: 12.2 Y/C Deshaun Watson, Ryan Fitzpatrick: 12.1 Y/C Dak Prescott, Baker Mayfield: 11.9 Y/C Philip Rivers, Jared Goff: 11.8 Y/C"
If you haven’t caught on yet, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Drew Brees have been pretty dang good at throwing the rock these past few seasons. I decided to put these two statistics on the same slide because they are similar in nature.
Yards per attempt favors accurate quarterbacks more and quarterbacks who don’t stretch the field as much, the Drew Brees types.
Yards per completion, in contrast, favors the bolder quarterbacks, like Baker Mayfield, who stretch the field. Jameis Winston lands himself at the top of this list, as when he was a starter in the NFL, he was the definition of boom or bust. Yards per completion is also the first and only statistic in this comparison that Baker Mayfield cracks the top-10 in, being tied for eighth place with Dallas Cowboys franchise quarterback Dak Prescott.