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A look at the very young AFC East quarterback picture
July 15, 2021
In some unspecified time in the future this coming soccer season (oh and facet notice, coaching camps begin subsequent week so soccer season is mainly right here), the oldest beginning quarterback within the AFC East can be Josh Allen, the No. 7 general decide solely three years in the past. This division is much and away the youngest division of beginning quarterbacks within the NFL.
Let’s look across the league. I needed to make some assumptions in an effort to do that. I assumed that each Aaron Rodgers and Deshaun Watson can be underneath heart for his or her present groups, regardless of whether or not or not I feel Watson needs to be allowed to go well with up (spoiler, I completely fucking don’t, in any manner). I additionally assumed that Drew Lock would be the beginning quarterback in Denver, that Jameis Winston will win the beginning job in New Orleans, and I additionally slotted all 5 quarterbacks taken within the first spherical of this 12 months’s draft in because the starters for his or her groups, as a result of historical past reveals that they’ll be taking on sooner fairly than later.
After this 12 months’s draft, the AFC East is shockingly younger. Zack Wilson, the BYU product taken with the No. 2 general decide by the New York Jets, is 21 years previous. Michael McCorkle Jones, who went No. 15 general from Nick Saban’s Alabama to Invoice Belichick’s New England Patriots, is 22. Miami is rolling with final 12 months’s No. 5 general choice, 23-year-old Tua Tagovailoa.
With a mean age of twenty-two.75 years previous, the AFC East will not be solely the presumed youngest group of sign callers within the NFL, however they’re virtually a full decade youthful than the common of the NFC South. Positive, I do know former AFC East GOAT Tom Brady, at his ripe 43-years-young, pulls the division common up a number of years, however the NFC South solely has one quarterback underneath the age of 25, which is the age of the oldest quarterback within the AFC East. The NFC North is the one different division with just one quarterback 25 or youthful.
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“However Jon, what about Cam Newton? He’s not useless!”
No, he actually isn’t. Nevertheless, even when we put Cam Newton and his 32 years into the combination, the AFC East common nonetheless is available in at 25.25, nonetheless beating out the AFC West for youngest common age of beginning quarterbacks.
Josh Allen, who has now rocketed up quarterback rankings after the addition of Stefon Diggs to the Payments offense final season, is now the daddy of the division. He has the goal on his again. After twenty years of being the underdogs and the little brother to Tom Brady and Co., the division now runs by Buffalo. He can be considered because the veteran chief, because the one Wilson, Tagovailoa, and Jones are chasing. With out the elder statesman within the division to overhaul, he now should sit on high of the mountain and fend off the challengers.
On the opposite facet of issues, it’s necessary to keep in mind that Allen nonetheless solely has three years and 44 video games of expertise underneath his belt. Whereas it’s straightforward to take a look at him and say “alright, the division is yours,” he’s nonetheless younger, nonetheless studying, and nonetheless gaining expertise.
If all 4 of those younger quarterbacks stick, we might be taking a look at a core group of younger expertise that may compete towards one another for years to come back, ushering in a brand new period of rivalries for his or her fan bases to embrace. What they do with the alternatives in entrance of them, nonetheless, is as much as them.