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Mr. Reliable. His ability to glide in and around the pocket, effortlessly slinging the ball with poise, is never not a joy to watch. It doesn’t matter if the Chiefs are down three or 23; he’s got the stuff to leave with the “W.”2
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The MVP campaign is back on! No one throws a deep-ball arc quite like this guy, and he was bombs away out of the gate.  (+1)3
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At 44, he might be in his prime. Seriously. Does his arm have more juice right now than, say, 20 years ago? It sure looked like that’s possible on Opening Night. As always, he’s also clutch as can be. (+2)4
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Exhibit A of past resume/proven talent offsetting recent performance. Mangy Rodgers was “meh” at best in an embarrassing debut, but everything says that should be an anomaly. (-2)5
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Sharp and steady in the pocket, Dak may not be fully healthy, but he looks fully confident. A truly solid total package. (+2)6
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Huge arm. Smart mind. Both were evident in Week 1’s win over a tough defense on the road.7
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It’s just one game, but it’s also possible his lights-out MVP candidacy of 2020 was the mountaintop, at least production-wise. He’s got all the tools, but he’s got to be smart about the ball and his own body. (-3)8
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Look at what a move to the West Coast can do. Boy oh boy does his big arm look recharged throwing for Sean McVay’s squad. Let’s hope Los Angeles can keep him upright. (+2)9
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Same old, same old here: His legs are unmatched weapons, and he’s still got deep-ball touch (see: Sammy Watkins vs. Raiders). But he’s gotta take care of the ball if he’s not gonna be super efficient. (-1)10
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It feels like he’s still a bit underrated on a national level. When his cannon is locked on the right targets, he might be the game’s deadliest dual threat this side of Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson. (+1)11
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Hard to pin too much blame on him for the Titans’ slip-up when Chandler Jones was in his face all day. This is more a case of other QBs jumping ahead with flashier stuff. (-2)12
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For most of the Browns’ playoff rematch vs. the Chiefs, he was as advertised: steady, efficient and occasionally daring. Forcing a throw late in an attempt to play hero was a remnant of days past.13
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With or without O-line help, he stays zipping bullets to an elite starting WR duo. He just too often does it playing catch-up.14
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Monday night offered the full Derek Carr experience. After at least a half of reckless hit-or-miss shots, he rallied his team with some gutsy crunch-time floaters. The guy doesn’t quit, that’s for sure.15
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Who said he was rattled coming off knee rehab? The Kid looks plenty poised, even if the Bengals remain a work in progress, and more time will enable even more connections with his hot receiving corps.  (+3)16
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Trey Lance sure feels destined to steal more snaps as the weeks go on, but he was exactly what he needed to be for Kyle Shanahan’s run-first attack and first “W.” (+1)17
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Poise and mobility have never been questions, but Hurts was also extremely efficient inside the pocket in his first road start as the full-time QB1. The production matches the swagger early on. (+6)18
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Win or lose, Jones looks like the real deal from both a mental and physical standpoint early on. He knows what he’s doing. (+2)19
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Not sure he’s gonna be able to imitate Patrick Mahomes when he’s not playing the Giants, but this man has seen it all, and he always comes out polished and professional, even if his ceiling isn’t particularly high.20
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Mostly good (no picks, some nice tight throws) and a little bad (fumbled snap) in a solid but not-special Colts debut. Hopefully Frank Reich has a plan to comfortably expand his horizons sooner rather than later. (+4)21
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If Week 1 were the sole basis for the rankings, you better believe he’d be near the top. Who knows if Winston can sustain his deep-ball magic, but he sure looks comfy operating in the confines of Sean Payton’s offense. (+6)22
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Yikes. This might be the 2020 Matthew Stafford situation of 2021, in which a respected longtime QB finally melds with his team’s mediocrity before campaigning for a change of scenery after the season. (-6)23
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It’s not that Big Ben was totally bad in an important Week 1 win over the Bills. But there’s little here to suggest his arm, clearly less than elite late in 2020, has the juice to show out if/when Pittsburgh’s defense can’t carry the club. (-9)24
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Playing the Jets can make you look better than you are (the irony here!), but seeing Darnold operate so smoothly and confidently is a minor miracle after his Big Apple devolution. (+5)25
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No one will ever question his pure arm talent, which should slowly but surely move him up the board. But behind a shaky O-line, he’s got a ways to go before he can settle in. (-4)26
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When your coach asks you to throw it 51 times behind an iffy line, a few picks are bound to happen. Let’s hope his football IQ isn’t damaged by trying to make up for Jacksonville’s countless other issues. (-4)27
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Good for him grabbing the Week 1 win, but who knows yet whether he has the ability to open things up? (-1)28
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Nice work from Goff collecting stats (and making some tight throws) in a comeback effort. Let’s see if he can start strong earlier next time, and against a more settled secondary.29
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The minute you fully count him out, he surprises with a big outing. But it was also the Jaguars. (+3)30
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With Ryan Fitzpatrick sidelined for at least three games, he gets his first shot at the starting job since the playoffs. One thing he’s got going for him: a knack for extending plays, which can go a long way.31
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He wasn’t horrible in his prime-time Bears debut, but that’s not the point; he’s both literally and figuratively a placeholder in Chicago, tiding the team over with milquetoast drives while the more talented Justin Fields awaits. (-1)32
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The guy can move, but he’s still giving up the ball like it’s his job, and nothing else indicates a major breakthrough is coming in the passing game, at least when it counts. (-1)





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