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Twelve predictions on how the quarterback situation will play out for certain NFL teams in 2018…
1 – Cleveland Browns – Despite a few Josh Allen rumors, Cleveland will select Sam Darnold with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. Tyrod Taylor will start the season and play the majority of the Browns games as the team hovers roughly around .500. At some point, most likely due to injury, he’ll be replaced by Darnold for a few games who will ultimately be primed to be their day one starter in 2019.
2 – New York Giants – The Giants will stay put at the second pick in the NFL Draft and select either Bradley Chubb or Saquon Barkley. They will talk themselves into Davis Webb being a reasonable option for the future and that Eli Manning has at least 2-3 years left as a starter they can win with. This may just be wishful thinking from a Jets fan, as I don’t doubt both Denver and Buffalo will be pushing like crazy to move up into the Giants spot.
3 – New York Jets – The Jets will select Josh Rosen with the 3rd overall pick in the NFL Draft. Despite starting the preseason as the “third quarterback,” Rosen will impress enough for the Jets to either release Teddy Bridgewater or trade him for a late round pick right before the season starts. Josh McCown will start the season at quarterback but Rosen will take over by week 5, at the latest.
4 – Denver Broncos – Denver will select Baker Mayfield with the 5th overall pick to sit behind Case Keenum in the near term. He will be starting games by the end of the season as Keenum will struggle to replicate his 2017 season in Minnesota.
5 – Buffalo Bills – The Bills will move into the top ten to make sure they land Josh Allen, who will begin the season behind AJ McCarron and not see much, if any, action as a rookie. Allen will compete with McCarron and Nathan Peterman for the starting job in Buffalo leading into the 2019 season.
6 – Miami Dolphins – The Dolphins will roll into next season with Ryan Tannehill as their starter but make a move into the back half of the first round to select Mason Rudolph. He will start games for the Dolphins by the end of the season and open 2019 as their starting quarterback.
7 – Arizona Cardinals – The Cardinals will select Lamar Jackson with their first round pick. When Sam Bradford gets hurt or Mike Glennon again plays like Mike Glennon, he will get the opportunity to start games this year and head into 2019 as their projected starter.
8 – Minnesota Vikings – Kirk Cousins will have a comparable 2018 season to the one he had in 2016 for the Washington Redskins. The Vikings will be a playoff team but will not win their division, as a healthy Aaron Rodgers will lead the Packers to a NFC North title.
9 – Philadelphia Eagles – The Eagles will not trade Nick Foles due to concerns about Carson Wentz being 100% healthy for the start of the season. If Wentz is back to his usual self early in the season, they will look at potentially moving Foles at the trade deadline to a team struggling at quarterback.
10 – Jacksonville Jaguars – The Jaguars will draft Kyle Lauletta with one of their middle round picks and still be in the market for a new quarterback in 2019 after a disappointing season in a stronger AFC South, with both Deshaun Watson and Andrew Luck back.
11 – Kansas City Chiefs – Patrick Mahomes will be the best quarterback in the AFC West this year and the Chiefs will win the division.
12 – Houston Texans – Deshaun Watson will be the best quarterback in the AFC South this year and the Texans will win the division.
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