Even without that move, there has been more than enough to cause changes in the rankings. Let’s take a look at how things currently stand:
- Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
- Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
- Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
- Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
- Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
- Tom Brady, New England Patriots
- Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
- Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
- Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
- Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Eli Manning, New York Giants
- Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
- Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
- Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
- Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals
- Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs
- Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
- Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
- Tim Tebow, Denver Broncos
- Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee Titans
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills
- Donovan McNabb, Minnesota Vikings
- Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
- Jason Campbell, Oakland Raiders
The top 15 remained unchanged from our last look at the quarterback rankings. The injury to Peyton Manning could quickly change that, but hopefully we get a better idea of his status in the next few weeks as training camp gets going.
The trade sending Kolb to the Cardinals was one of the worst-kept secrets in football. Kolb was expected to be the Eagles starting quarterback last season, though the emergence of Michael Vick left him sitting on the bench. Now he gets a reprieve, and with one of the elite wide receivers (Larry Fitzgerald) at his disposal no less.
When you realize that Fitzgerald picked up 90 receptions with 1,137 yards last season with absolute dreck at quarterback, you have to like the potential of him and Kolb putting up big numbers.
If Steve Breaston is healthy he is a perfect target across from Dwayne Bowe in Kansas City. We’ve seen what he’s capable of and, along with rookie Jonathan Baldwin, gives the team a solid receiving corps. Breaston is not the same player who racked up 1,000-plus yards in 2008, but he should help give Matt Cassel a steady presence and keep defenses honest.
We’ll have to see if Matt Hasselbeck holds down the job for the entire season in Tennessee or if he ultimately passes the torch to Jake Locker. Still, he finds himself in a position to produce, especially if Chris Johnson is on the field and helping to take the pressure off of him.
Bruce Gradkowski has landed in Cincinnati where he could be the replacement for Carson Palmer (assuming he holds off Andy Dalton). Of course, at this point we have no idea who is going to be at the skill positions for him to work with.
I mentioned this the last time we posted these rankings and we will be looking at it in great detail in the near future, but which young quarterback with upside would you rather have—Sam Bradford, Josh Freeman or Matthew Stafford? It’s an interesting debate. Which side do you fall on?
Make sure to check out the rest of the early rankings from Rotoprofessor: