Denver Broncos – Current Quarterback: Case Keenum
Case Keenum has had one good season as an NFL quarterback and that was last season in Minnesota. However, it is difficult to hide the fact that he has been a backup quarterback for most of his career. Keenum is nothing more than a short-term solution at quarterback for the Broncos and he has been really inconsistent this year. The Broncos might bring him back for the 2019 season to serve as a temporary starter. However, the Broncos need to draft a quarterback that they can develop for the future. it might be best if the Broncos tank the rest of the season because they should then be able to draft either Justin Herbert or Drew Lock early in the 1st round. The Broncos likely won’t find a better option in free agency and it is best that they stick with Keenum until they can draft a quarterback.
Jacksonville Jaguars – Current Quarterback: Blake Bortles
Blake Bortles has tremendous potential and he showcased it in 2015, but since that point he just hasn’t been the same playmaker that he was. Some of the blame can be placed on a poor receiving group that he has played with in the past couple of seasons. However, there is no excuse for the amount of times that he has turned the ball over. Bortles isn’t the only problem this season for the Jaguars, but he is probably the main issue that is holding Jacksonville from being contenders. The Jaguars likely won’t find anything better in free agency as Teddy Bridgewater, Tyrod Taylor, Jameis Winston, Ryan Tennehill, and Ryan Fitzpatrick are likely to be the best options. The draft offers more hope to find a quarterback, but that is also considered a rather weak quarterback group. Maybe the Jaguars get a good enough draft pick so that they could get Justin Herbert or Drew Lock. However, they might just have to settle for Daniel Jones or Will Grier later on in the 1st round. Either way, the Jaguars need to move on from Bortles in 2019 because he is hurting the team more than he is helping them.
Miami Dolphins – Current Quarterback: Ryan Tannehill
Ryan Tannehill hasn’t been a terrible quarterback for the Dolphins, but he also hasn’t proven that he is the long-term answer for Miami. Tannehill is often injured and even when he is healthy he is very inconsistent. He has high potential to be a good NFL quarterback, but he also has the potential to be a bad quarterback at times. The Dolphins need to figure out this season if Tannehill gives them a good chance to win games. If he doesn’t then the Dolphins will likely let him leave in free agency and try to find a solution for the 2019 season. The bad news though is that the Dolphins likely won’t have a high enough pick to draft Justin Herbert or Drew Lock unless they trade up. That means they would likely take a chance on either Daniel Jones of Duke or Will Grier of West Virginia later on in the draft.
New York Giants – Current Quarterback: Eli Manning
Eli Manning is a quarterback that is way past his prime and he was always an overrated quarterback to begin with. Manning has plenty of weapons on offense with Odell Beckham, Saquon Barkley, and Evan Engram to throw to. However, he still hasn’t been able to help make the Giants passing game successful. Manning shouldn’t be a starting quarterback at this point in his career and the Giants definitely need to move on. Kyle Lauletta likely isn’t the long-term solution either, so the Giants need to draft a quarterback prior to the 2019 season. The good news is that the Giants are very likely to have a low draft pick in 2019, but the issue is that the best quarterbacks in the draft class like Justin Herbert and Drew Lock aren’t exactly elite prospects. Manning has a huge contract and he is still a liability for the Giants, so it is time to move on from him as soon as possible.
Oakland Raiders – Current Quarterback: Derek Carr
Just a couple of years ago, Derek Carr looked like he would become an elite NFL quarterback and he was rewarded with a massive contract extension. However, now Carr has looked like an average starting quarterback at best for the Raiders as they are arguably the worst team in the NFL right now. Carr’s performance hasn’t justified his large salary, so it might be time for the Raiders just to move on after this season. If they want to move on then now would be the time to do it because they have three 1st round picks in the 2019 draft. Sure, it isn’t a good draft class for quarterbacks, but they could clear a lot of cap space by releasing Carr while also hopefully finding their quarterback of the future. The Raiders could decide to stick with Carr for awhile, but they need to figure out this season whether he is truly their quarterback of the future.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Current Quarterback: Ryan Fitzpatrick
The Buccaneers probably have the most intriguing quarterback situation in the entire NFL heading into 2019. Jameis Winston has been the starting quarterback since being drafted 1st overall in the 2015 draft. There is no doubting Winston’s tremendous potential and he has certainly shown flashes of it. However, Winston’s main problem is that he just makes silly mistakes on and off the field. Winston still has character concerns and he turns the ball over way too often as proven by his 10 interceptions in just 4 games played this year. Ryan Fitzpatrick has played much better than Winston this season, but we must remember that Fitzpatrick is 35 years old and he is only a bridge quarterback at best. Either way, the Buccaneers must decide whether they want to pay Winston $20 million for next season or just cut ties with him in the offseason. However, it appears that Winston’s time in Tampa Bay is coming to a close. The Buccaneers will likely keep Fitzpatrick around as a temporary solution, although don’t be surprised if they target Justin Herbert or Drew Lock in the draft.