NFL QB Rankings: Trevor Lawrence climbs into top 15 with Carson Wentz clinging onto life

The 2022 NFL season is finally here. Despite the regular season only now beginning, the debates never end. Who’s the best quarterback in the NFL? Who’s the worst? We can’t answer that second one, but we have prepared a fresh batch of NFL QB rankings where we rank the top-20 quarterbacks in the league today.

Deshaun Watson‘s 11-game suspension prompted us to remove him from this list, where he had been ranked ninth. The same goes for Dak Prescott‘s injury. Let’s give a couple other QBs a chance for a few weeks until they can take the field again.

Updated weekly throughout the season, here are our top-20 NFL QB rankings after Baker Mayfield and Matt Ryan fell off the map.

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NFL QB Rankings countdown from 20-1

20. Carson Wentz, Washington Commanders (Last week: 15)

NFL: Washington Commanders at Kansas City Chiefs
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TD INT QB rating Passing yards Rushing yards Completion rate YPA PFF grade
Carson Wentz stats (2022) 7 3 100.3 861 57 63.1% 6.6 63.1

Now on his third team in as many seasons, Carson Wentz finds himself with a stronger core of pass-catchers than he had in his lone season with the Colts. Yet, it might also be his last chance to prove he can be an above-average starter. It hasn’t gone well through three games. Like usual, Wentz has shown he can be a playmaker, but he’s also displayed why he’s been shown the door twice since becoming the No. 2 overall pick in 2016, most recently getting sacked nine times in a 24-8 blowout. The Commanders didn’t trade for him to keep losing, so he’ll have to outduel Cooper Rush and the Cowboys in Week 4.

19. Mac Jones, New England Patriots (LW: 16)

NFL: Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots
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TD INT QB rating Passing yards Rushing yards Completion rate YPA PFF grade
Mac Jones stats (2022) 2 5 83.2 786 37 (1 TD) 66% 8.1 56.4

The best rookie quarterback from 2021 wasn’t the first, second, or even third one selected. Instead, it was Mac Jones who slipped under the radar, then proceeded to be the QB who brought the Patriots back to the playoffs. But showing growth in his second season isn’t a given. With zero WR1 options on the roster and questionable play-calling, Jones will have his work cut out for him. So far, Jones has done just enough to cling to being in the bottom half of these NFL QB ranks, but an ankle injury could force him out of the lineup for a few weeks. We’ll see what the MRI says.

18. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (LW: 20)

NFL QB rankings: Ryan Tannehill
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TD INT QB rating Passing yards Rushing yards Completion rate YPA PFF grade
Ryan Tannehill stats (2022) 3 3 77.8 647 11 (1 TD) 62.5% 8.1 67.4

In a perfect world, the Tennessee Titans would have tried to move on from Ryan Tannehill in search of an upgrade this offseason. Hefty salary cap penalties prevented such a move, but he’s not in the top half of NFL starting quarterbacks, which means the 34-year-old QB may not have enough to carry the King Henry-led squad to the promised land. We’ve seen plenty signs of those struggles through three weeks. Maybe the three-INT playoff game got him rattled, but Tannehill hasn’t been able to recover since. He’s officially on the hot seat, and at 1-2, if the Titans continue to dig themselves into a hole vs the Colts, it may not be long until Malik Willis gets a chance.

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17. Jared Goff, Detroit Lions (LW: 17)

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TD INT QB rating Passing yards Rushing yards Completion rate YPA PFF grade
Jared Goff stats (2022) 7 2 100.1 748 15 58.9% 6.7 54.4

We’re expecting a bounceback year from Jared Goff in 2022. Not like ‘elite’ Goff, like we saw glimpses of with the Rams, but the former No. 1 overall pick should improve now that he’s equipped with a respectable group of receivers. Unfortunately, Jameson Williams is still sidelined. And Goff still makes stupid mistakes, unlike Tom Brady, he’s human. Even a top receiver won’t help Goff if that continues. While Goff’s back to completing just under 60% of his passes, he’s also helping lead a more explosive Lions offense that’s currently in second place in scoring in the NFL through three games. We’re in for another rollercoaster season, but this one should have more bright spots.

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16. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers (LW: 18)

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
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TD INT QB rating Passing yards Rushing yards Completion rate YPA PFF grade
Jimmy Garoppolo stats (2022) 1 0 100.1 154 5 (1 TD) 61.9% 7.3 66.5

A Trey Lance injury isn’t the way anyone wanted to see Jimmy G re-enter the starting lineup, but football is truly unpredictable. Despite having played parts of one game, Garoppolo is an easy choice to add to any top NFL quarterback ranking list. He’s proven to be a smooth operator who has a knack for leading his teams to victory. Now he gets to pick up right where he left off, with George Kittle and Deebo Samuel making Garoppolo look like a wizard in the Bay Area.

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15. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (LW: 12)

NFL QB rankings: Derek Carr
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TD INT QB rating Passing yards Rushing yards Completion rate YPA PFF grade
Derek Carr stats (2022) 6 4 84.7 850 26 60.8% 7.1 47.8

We’re eager to see how Derek Carr adapts to the Josh McDaniels system over time. Now that Davante Adams has landed in Vegas, Carr could have his best season yet, which is no small feat, but he’ll have to overcome an 0-3 start. Adams hasn’t been a disappointment, but the passing offense hasn’t flourished either. There’s no excuse for the Raiders and Carr not leading a top-ten unit, and to this point, they look nothing like a star-studded cast. An upcoming matchup against the Broncos is a must-win.

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14. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (LW: 14)

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings
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TD INT QB rating Passing yards Rushing yards Completion rate YPA PFF grade
Kirk Cousins stats (2022) 5 3 78.9 758 19 62.1% 6.4 66.8

Opinions on Kirk Cousins are all over the place. While he’s on pace for 17 interceptions, he’s never had a season where he’s thrown more than 13. He’s not armed with a cannon like Mahomes or Allen, but he also doesn’t typically hurt you on gameday. When given a strong supporting cast, Cousins can thrive. We’ve seen the same version of Cousins in 2022, one good game followed by a dumpster dive, with another good one sandwiched after. A ‘primetime’ game in London against a lockdown Saints passing D allowing fewer than 200 passing yards per game could send this rollercoaster freefalling again.

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13. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars (Last week: 19)

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars
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TD INT QB rating Passing yards Rushing yards Completion rate YPA PFF grade
Trevor Lawrence stats (2022): 6 1 96.4 772 22 69.3% 6.9 65.3

Two years after the Jaguars selected Lawrence No. 1 overall, a prospect who was hyped to be a generational QB held in the same regard as Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning, no one would have guessed it would take so long to start showing his potential. But here we are, and the Tank for Trevor process is finally bearing fruit. Placed in an offense that actually has some playmakers outside and in the backfield, along with a coach who knows what he’s doing, and boom, Lawrence looks like an NFL QB who has the chance to become special. 11-year pro Kirk Cousins looked like a rookie against the Philly secondary, how can a second-year-pro like Lawrence look?

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12. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals (LW: 11)

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TD INT QB rating Passing yards Rushing yards Completion rate YPA PFF grade
Kyler Murray stats (2022) 3 1 85.9 784 65 (1 TD) 63.9% 5.6 75.2

Everyone piled on Kyler Murray this offseason. It’s not exactly justified. He’s steadily improved as he gains experience, and when his playmakers aren’t on the field as we saw in 2021, more falls on Murray’s shoulders. Yet, that may also be a problem.

In Week 1, without DeAndre Hopkins due to suspension, Murray looked like he was nowhere close to being able to go round-for-round with Patrick Mahomes. Few can, but now in his fourth season, it shouldn’t matter so much who his receivers are. He’s supposed to elevate the entire team. Well, that’s exactly what happened in Week 2. Murray put his team on his back, carrying them to overtime. He’s a dynamic player, but his consistency is still a concern.

11. Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams (LW: 9)

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TD INT QB rating Passing yards Rushing yards Completion rate YPA PFF grade
Matthew Stafford stats (2022) 4 5 80.7 761 4 72.5% 7.5 65.2

After 12 seasons toiling in Detroit in which they never won a playoff game, Matthew Stafford teamed up with Sean McVay in L.A. and immediately won a Super Bowl. The presence of Cooper Kupp gives Stafford one elite option, but the absence of Odell Beckham Jr. might be more impactful than we thought. For now, Stafford has held on through a few rough performances, but he’s never been picturesque. The Rams are 2-1, and his elbow still appears fine. All is well in L.A.

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10. Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos (LW: 7)

NFL: Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks
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TD INT QB rating Passing yards Rushing yards Completion rate YPA PFF grade
Russell Wilson stats (2022) 2 1 86.5 559 5 58.9% 7.7 57.7

We didn’t get to see Russell Wilson cook a year ago, but the nine-time Pro Bowl QB didn’t suddenly drop off after years of playing smart football. The Broncos are banking on that with their blockbuster trade for the SB XLVIII winner. Yet, Denver’s offense has struggled under Nathaniel Hackett, and there’s reason to be concerned long-term. Through two games, Wilson hasn’t looked the part or come close to living up to outside expectations, and now he takes on one of the best defenses in football with the 49ers paying a visit to Empower Field at Mile High.

9. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 7)

NFL: AFC Divisional Round-Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans
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TD INT QB rating Passing yards Rushing yards Completion rate YPA PFF grade
Joe Burrow stats (2022) 6 4 73.1 812 73 64% 6.5 60.1

After a surprising Super Bowl appearance, Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals have a long way to go to get back to the same stage this season. Still facing an overwhelming amount of pressure thanks to a shoddy offensive line, Burrow has forced too many bad decisions early on, but he’ll settle in throughout the year. The third-year pro can have his best performance thus far in Week 4, taking on a Miami defense that’s surprisingly allowed 310 passing yards per game through three games.

8. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 4)

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots
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TD INT QB rating Passing yards Rushing yards Completion rate YPA PFF grade
Tom Brady stats (2022) 3 1 82.8 673 -4 65% 6.5 71.7

We can all thank the football gods for Tom Brady realizing he’s not quite ready to retire. There’s no reason for him to place his jersey in the rafters just yet. Brady’s coming off a season in which he led the NFL in attempts, completions, yards, and touchdown throws. The seven-time Super Bowl champ is off to a rough start, but there’s no doubt he’ll remain one of the very best in his age-45 year, which is why he lands back near the top of our NFL QB rankings.

Brady has been under fire through two games against teams with a haunting pass rush. Questions about his offensive line will linger all season long. For now, Brady has navigated the murky waters just fine, and a Sunday Night Football event, going toe-to-toe with Patrick Mahomes in Week 4 will be a fun one.

7. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (LW: 8)

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens
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TD INT QB rating Passing yards Rushing yards Completion rate YPA PFF grade
Tua Tagovailoa stats (2022) 8 2 116.5 925 1 71.3% 9.2 73.1

Playing in a high-powered offense that features two 1,000-yard receivers and another in Mike Gesicki who’s not far behind, Tua Tagovailoa should have no trouble staying a top-ranked NFL QB this season. Obviously, that’s up to Tagovailoa, but three very impressive games thus far have people discussing him as an MVP candidate. Let’s not put a ceiling on this kid yet. His next test comes against the Bengals, who he hung 296 yards and a touchdown on as a rookie.

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6. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 9)

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TD INT QB rating Passing yards Rushing yards Completion rate YPA PFF grade
Jalen Hurts stats (2022) 4 1 97.1 916 167 (3 TD) 67.3% 9.3 84.1

Everyone was watching Jalen Hurts to see if he could help the Eagles’ offense fly in 2022. One of the best dual-threat QBs in the league, Hurts offers a high floor and an even higher ceiling as he continues to develop and build chemistry with his now deeply talented receiver corps. The biggest question had been his arm but Hurts clearly heard these knocks, drastically improving over the offseason. He’s the only player to have ever recorded 900+ passing yards and 150+ rushing yards in the first three games of a season.

5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (LW: 6)

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TD INT QB rating Passing yards Rushing yards Completion rate YPA PFF grade
Aaron Rodgers stats (2022) 4 2 94.5 684 8 72.3% 7.3 74

Looking to win back-to-back-to-back MVPs, Aaron Rodgers will return to top form in 2022. Yet, like last season, it will have to come after a slow start. Rodgers may need time to get on the same page as his new-look receiver room, but we fully expect him to be in the MVP conversation by season’s end. While the Patriots may no longer have TB12, Bill Belichick’s cutoff hoodie still roams the sideline, and AR12 has averaged just 220 passing yards in three career games against the coaching GOAT.

4. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 3)

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers
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TD INT QB rating Passing yards Rushing yards Completion rate YPA PFF grade
Justin Herbert stats (2022) 7 2 112.5 910 9 66.1% 7.2 73.3

Few quarterbacks have raised their stock as much as Justin Herbert has ever since he entered the NFL as the sixth pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Now Herbert is widely regarded as one of the few young marquee names that many would select if they were starting an NFL franchise from scratch. Herbert leads the NFL in 50+ yard air distance completions since 2020, meaning even if you have the Chargers backed up, defenders can never relax because the next one might sail over your head. Had it not been for a missed communication between Herbert and Gerald Everett, who requested to be removed from the game due to fatigue, the Chargers could be 2-1.

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3. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (LW: 4)

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
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TD INT QB rating Passing yards Rushing yards Completion rate YPA PFF grade
Lamar Jackson stats (2022) 10 2 120.1 749 243 (2 TD) 63.6% 8.5 73.7

While Lamar Jackson largely had a down season impacted by injuries a year ago, there’s no one worried about his future success. Equally as much of a fantasy star as he is a dangerous game-breaker, expect Jackson to return to his 2019 MVP form. He’s been impressive, both while throwing and, of course, while running. Jackson’s 12 100+ yard rushing games are a new NFL record, and he’s only going to keep putting that record further out of reach for the next ten years.

2. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 3)

NFL: AFC Divisional Round-Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs
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TD INT QB rating Passing yards Rushing yards Completion rate YPA PFF grade
Patrick Mahomes stats (2022) 8 1 127.9 857 30 67.9% 7.9 69.9

Anyone who’s ever witnessed Patrick Mahomes understands why he’s a perennial MVP candidate. He’s fun to watch because he plays backyard football, yet his cannon arm leads to Madden-like video game performances. Few players can release the ball accurately from a variety of arm angles on the run, whether he’s looking at his receiver or not. He’s not missing Tyreek Hill, and teams have tried to pressure the 4x Pro Bowl QB, but it hasn’t worked.

Mahomes faced a career-high blitz rate in Week 1 (54%) but still threw four touchdowns when blitzed. He’s also been great outside the pocket. Defensive coordinators don’t know how to limit the 26-year-old gunslinger. We’ll see what Todd Bowles and the Tampa defense have in store this week.

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1. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (LW: 1)

NFL: Buffalo Bills at New York Jets
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TD INT QB rating Passing yards Rushing yards Completion rate YPA PFF grade
Josh Allen stats (2022) 9 2 123.7 1,014 113 (1 TD) 71.2% 7.7 90.7

The Bills are a great team, but Josh Allen is the reason why they’re such a popular Super Bowl pick. Most QBs either have arm strength, accuracy, or mobility. Allen has all three. He wasn’t always this good, but adding Stefon Diggs has seemingly helped Allen go from an inaccurate cannon to being able to sink your battleship with a single strike. He ranks fourth in the NFL in average time to throw (2.54 seconds), and getting the ball out quicker than he has in the past (eighth-slowest in 2021) makes Allen even more lethal both in short-areas and deep downfield.

Next, Allen faces a Ravens defense allowing more passing yards than any other opponent. It will be tough to dethrone Allen’s No. 1 spot in Sportsnaut’s NFL QB rankings.

This article was originally published on Sportsnaut.com and is republished here with permission.

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