Cleveland Browns 2022 Opposing QB No. 8: Mac Jones
Bill Belichick and New England Patriots were finally able to start the next phase of life after Tom Brady in 2021. The Patriots selected Mac Jones out of the University of Alabama with the 15th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. Jones was able to show Belichick enough to earn the starting job in training camp and then went on to have a surprisingly successful rookie campaign.
Jones compiled a 10-7 record in his rookie campaign. His completion percentage of 67.6 ranked Jones as the eighth highest in the league. In Jones, Belichick has his young quarterback of the future to build around. While Jones is not an overly athletic quarterback, he is fundamentally sound and is the perfect avatar for Belichick and the ‘Patriot way’.
Will Jones face a sophomore slump? With the departure of Josh McDaniels, how will Jones mesh with new Patriots offensive coordinator, Mick Lombardi? If Jones is able to build on his rookie season, it will be time to put some respect on McCorkle Jones’ name.
Cleveland Browns 2022 Opposing QB No. 7: Carson Wentz
It has been quite the roller coaster ride for Carson Wentz since 2017. Wentz has gone from MVP favorite to being the scapegoat of two different franchises in a matter of five seasons. Now quarterback finds himself leading the newly named Washington Commanders.
In Washington, Wentz will have a legitimate No. 1 receiver, a top-10 running back, and a blossoming tight end. All the ingredients are there from a personnel standpoint for success if Wentz can just play within himself and take what is given. Wentz’ hero-ball default style has worn out its welcome at his last two stops.
He has all of the physical tools that you would want in a franchise quarterback, but Wentz’ biggest battle is between the ears. Even with the turmoil surrounding the Commanders, Wentz is in a good spot to turn the tide of his career.
Cleveland Browns 2022 Opposing QB No. 6: Jameis Winston
After a brief appearance in the Deshaun Watson’s sweepstakes, the New Orleans Saints opted to bring back Jameis Winston to be their starter in 2022. Winston played surprisingly well in his seven starts prior to tearing his ACL in 2021.
He banked a 5-2 record before the knee injury and even though his completion percentage was just below 60 percent, his touchdown to interception ratio was over four to one.
Winston’s proclivity for throwing interceptions was the main issue that kept him from reaching the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks. If that hindrance proves to be in his rearview, Winston could secure his spot amongst the legitimate franchise quarterbacks in the league. However, with Sean Payton deciding to move on from the Saints franchise, the offense could take a major step back from their normal baseline.
Winston is going to have a lot on his shoulders in 2022. If he’s able to get back to the level he was performing at before his torn ACL, the Saints could be a sleeper team to claim a wildcard spot this upcoming season.