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Silverman: Brady, Rodgers and Wentz Head List Of Top QBs

Steve Silverman
July 30, 2018 - 10:06 am

Now that training camps are in full swing, many of us football fanatics start to breathe a little easier – despite the humidity.

The game has a lot of ancillary troubles (concussions and CTE, a national anthem controversy, violence off the field) that have to be addressed, but it is still the greatest of all sports, and the one that requires the most sacrifice from its participants in order to find success. Skill, athletic talent, courage, intelligence and a desire to win the battle against a guy who wants to rip your head off make it compelling.

The 2018 season is starting to take shape. The Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens will play in the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, and then it begins again.

As the season is on the horizon, I begin my annual position previews in which I look at the top 10 at each position and go into detail about the top five. I'm looking at the overall impact here, and not just from a fantasy perspective.

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1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
No great revelation here, as it’s not time to start picking apart Brady’s game until he stops winning with the Patriots. Brady threw for 4,577 yards with a 32-to-8 TD-to-interception ratio in 2017, and he was at his best in New England’s Super Bowl loss, as he threw for more than 500 yards.  There will be a time when Brady, who turns 41 on Friday, is no longer effective, but he almost certainly has one more good year left, and possibly two.

2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Based on career numbers, Rodgers is as strong and effective as any quarterback who has ever played the game. His passer rating is better than those of Steve Young, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning and Brady. Once he gains understanding of how a defense is planning to stop him, Rodgers is deadly in his plan of attack and regularly lights up the scoreboard.

Injuries have slowed him down in two of the last five seasons, but he is unfailingly accurate and decisive in his passing and playmaking. Rodgers is often at his best when the game is on the line and his teammates are counting on him the most. In a league in which physical tools only count for 50 percent or less, Rodgers has the best tools in the business and the confidence to match.

3. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
The third-year quarterback cracks the top five here, and if he had been healthy for the full 2017 season, he might be giving Brady a run for his money.

Wentz tore his ACL and LCL late last season, but not before he had the Eagles playing sensational football. His teammates took their cues from Wentz, who was on his way to winning the MVP award before he suffered his brutal injury. Wentz completely mastered coach Doug Pederson’s offense, and his confidence level was surging throughout the year.

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Wentz had a solid season as a rookie with a 62.4 completion percentage along with 16 TDs and 14 interceptions. He was far better in 2017, though, as he completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 3,296 yards with a 33-to-7 TD-to-interception ratio in 13 games.

At 6-foot-5, 237 pounds, Wentz is a big man, and he is as tough to bring down as a freight train when he is on the move. If he is at full strength by the second quarter of the season, the Eagles will have a real chance to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl for a second consecutive season.

Wentz is expected to be back for the opener, but he may need some time before he hits his best stride.

4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
One thing that has been true of Brees for many years is that he does his homework and he understands what it takes to beat the opposing defense. No player prepares more for each opponent than Brees, and the result is a quarterback who can exceed the 70 percent completion marks and has an ability for making all the big throws.

The Saints had a running game last year with veteran Mark Ingram rushing for 1,124 yards and 12 TDs and rookie Alvin Kamara running for 728 yards and eight scores. Both men were also huge factors in the controlled passing game.

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As long as Brees gets help from the running game again this year -- and he'll be without Ingram for the first games due to a PED suspension -- he can manage a game as well as any quarterback in the league.

5. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
This spot would belong to Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford or Philip Rivers on a lot of lists, but Cousins answered a ton of questions during the last three years in Washington. He will be surrounded by much better talent in Minnesota, and that includes a defense that will be able to take the ball away and put him in a position to lead his team to the end zone.

Cousins is prolific, throwing 81 TD passes in the last three seasons compared to just 36 interceptions. He has excellent touch on short- and medium-range passes and has the arm strength to make big plays downfield. He could become a Super Bowl quarterback this season.

6. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

7. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers

8. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

9. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

10. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams

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