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AFC West Ranks 3rd In Quarterback Talent

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is not the best quarterback in the AFC West. That honor goes to Patrick Mahomes. The duo is part of one of the best divisions when it comes to quarterback talent.

Quarterbacks have the most impact on the NFL field. While they sometimes get more praise or blame than they deserve, they affect the outcome of a game more than other positions. Moreover, a good signal-caller can take a team over the hill while a bad one can hinder an organization. Knowing how much they can factor on the outcome of a game, a former Associated Press MVP voter decided to sort out each division by quarterbacks.

How Do AFC West Quarterbacks Fare Against the Rest of the NFL?

In a recent article, NFL Media columnist Adam Schein ranked NFL Division using quarterback as the sole tool. In his list, the NFC South took the top place while the AFC West ended third overall.

“Mahomes is the best quarterback in the NFL bar none. He’s the best player in the league. He’s the best player in sports. So yeah, his presence alone raises this division higher than some might have anticipated.” Schein said.

Schein liked the overall talent the division currently has, not just Mahomes.

“That said, I also like the other quarterbacks in his division. I’ve always been a Carr supporter and believe he will lead the Raiders to at least nine wins this year. Lock really showed a lot in his five starts as a rookie last December. And this offseason, John Elway smartly snagged the 23-year-old QB another proven backfield commodity in free agency (Melvin Gordon) and a pair of dangerous wideouts in the draft (Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler). I expect big things from Lock this year.”

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Even though it may be a bit early to tell, he thinks the Chargers made the right choice when they selected Justin Herbert in the 2020 NFL Draft.

“I’m a huge fan of Taylor, who figures to begin the season as the Chargers’ starting signal-caller. In fact, I expect the Bolts to bounce back and make the playoffs with Taylor’s smarts, accuracy, athleticism, and ability to spread the ball around. And I’m kind of obsessed with Herbert. I loved that draft pick for Los Angeles’ long-term prospects. It might not happen immediately, but Herbert’s going to be a star in this league.”

Bottom Line

It will be interesting to see how these quarterback progress throughout the 2020 season. Not just in the AFC West but in general, many signal-callers will either surpass expectations or underachieve. Derek Carr will be no exception and the Raiders will go as far as he takes them.

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Top Photo: Marcio Jose Sánchez/Associated Press

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