2014 NFL: Three Quarterbacks To Watch This Season
- Updated: July 8, 2014
The National Football League is all about the quarterback. They are usually the leaders of their teams and usually have the most impact on their team’s performance. Names like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees are always mentioned when speaking about the best quarterbacks in the league, however there are some other quarterbacks who want to add their name to the list of the best field generals in the league.
Here is a look at three quarterbacks in the league that deserved to be watched for the upcoming season.
The San Francisco quarterback has had nothing but success in his short time in the league. He is on the cusp of great ness and enters this season with a brand new contract. Kaepernick’s dynamic running ability has defined him more than his passing. Kaepernick has fewer than two full seasons as a starter. He played in a pistol offense at Nevada. The 49ers have tailored their offense to him as well. He is ready to bring another championship to the bay area and that could be exactly what this youngster needs to be considered one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
Newtown is the heart beat of the Panthers team and runs their offense. There is no questioning Newton’s physical ability. That ability alone makes Newton a threat to not only pass while avoiding the rush, but to run the ball, especially in short situations. Newton has never had multiple big name targets yet he is still considered one of the best young signal callers in the league. Newton lead the Panthers to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and posted career highs in completion percentage (61.7) touchdown passes (24) and quarterback rating (88.8). He is on pace to have even a better year and if he can do it after losing Steve Smith he could become a MVP candidate.
Stafford is at a crossroads in his career. He has had some success but that has not translated to a playoff run for the Detroit Lions. With Calvin Johnson as a go to guy, it is easy to see how Stafford can be considered one of the best young gun slingers in the league. Stafford fell in line at No. 13 (2.38 average rating) behind Baltimore’s Joe Flacco and ahead of San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick. Those numbers would need to improve if he wants to be considered in the same breath as some of the best quarterbacks in the league. A trip to the playoffs would certainly make Stafford a quarterback to watch this season.
The quarterbacks are always under the spotlight and this year, these three quarterbacks could steal the show.