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2022 NFL QB Power Rankings: Kyler Murray, Jalen Hurts, Lamar Jackson headline rise of the mobile QB in Week 3

1 His gunslinging always makes him prone to potential picks, and that was especially the case in a close win over the Chargers. But he’s still the standard for freestyling at the position, with an unbreakable knack for clutch, acrobatic throws. 2 Every time he bulldozes for a first down, you worry about his big body getting badly bruised. But he’s essentially a supersized, more run-inclined version of Mahomes, which is one of the reasons Buffalo looks like the contender we all expected. (+2) 3 Without Davante Adams, it’s clear he must rely more on Matt LaFleur’s two-headed ground game. But the pinpoint accuracy and unteachable feel for the game remain, as evidenced in the Packers‘ prime-time rout of the Bears. 4 In a healthy lineup, Brady is still unmatched as a decisive point guard, and he’s now come up clutch in back-to-back wins for the Bucs. Should his supporting cast take any more hits, however, he’s not necessarily physically equipped to extend plays on his own. (-2) 5 Over two years in, Herbert feels like he’s playing against his own team as often as his opponents, this time gutting through a rib injury in an oddly conservative game plan against the Chiefs. His tools as a pocket passer are elite; he needs more help from his staff. 6 An MVP has always lied inside of Jackson, whose flick-of-the-wrist deep touch and lightning-fast legs deserved a win against the Dolphins in Week 2. 7 Joe Cool and the Bengals are trapped in a cycle, the former pressing to offset his lack of protection. The hope is Burrow will play it a little safer as Cincy finds ways to get the ball out of his hands and into those of their play-makers. 8 This is probably where the next tier of QBs begins, as Stafford has been much more mercurial than miraculous to start year two in L.A. That’s more in line with the rest of his career, which has always been gritty and flashy but prone to turnover sprees. (+2) 9 The Cardinals are a weekly circus, and Murray is the headlining act, for better and worse. His frantic energy as a scrambler is representative of Arizona’s failure to establish rhythm, but also keeps the team in it until the last minute. (+2) 10 Maybe the toughest QB to rank, Wilson’s first Broncos outings have been ugly and uninspired, even as his late-game deep balls have kept Denver in the mix. For now, he gets the benefit of the doubt as a proven leader, but you wonder if his magical touch is fading. (-2) 11 Are we looking at the new Russell Wilson? Hurts still has a lot of season left to prove he can sustain his apparent growth as a passer, but his prime-time breakout against the Vikings was the total package, showcasing he’s finally got the rhythmic throwing to go along with bruising elusiveness and unfazed confidence. (+2) 12 He’d be lower if Dak Prescott were healthy. Cousins’ body of work is more impressive than he gets credit for, and he’s generally reliable as a quick-strike thrower. Once again, however, the bright lights revealed his tendency for wacky decisions. (-2) 13 The Josh McDaniels effect has yet to sink in, apparently. While Carr, like Cousins, is respectable enough as an efficient playoff-caliber arm, he’s too often prone to turnovers when the going gets tough. (-1) 14 Back in the saddle after Trey Lance’s injury, Garoppolo probably raises the floor in San Francisco, giving Kyle Shanahan a trusted temperature-setter for a run-first attack. But we’ve seen before that he’s got limitations when asked to shoulder a heavy aerial workload. 15 Two games into the Doug Pederson era, Lawrence is coming out of his shell as a more confident, decisive pocket passer. In the belittled AFC South, he’s got a chance to quietly make a play for the division title. (+2) 16 He’s clearly got buy-in from inside the Dolphins’ organization, and his confidence should be rising after a chuck-it-up extravaganza against Baltimore. Best suited for quick strikes, let’s see how he sizes up in a powerhouse showdown with the Bills in Week 3. (+2) 17 Malik Willis entered the Titans‘ Week 2 loss because it was a blowout, but how long until he enters for other reasons? Tannehill is the Garoppolo of the AFC, a respected vet who requires special support from his staff and supporting cast. (-2) 18 The NFL’s roller-coaster QB, Wentz is never unexciting, giving Washington both explosive gaffes and explosive success through the air. If you’re a Commanders fan, you just keep hoping the big plays work in his team’s favor. (-2) 19 So much for the Colts steadying the ship at QB by swapping Wentz for Ryan. Truth is, the latter hasn’t been a consistently above-average passer for years now, though his thin supporting cast out wide doesn’t exactly help matters. (-5) 20 The youngster embodies the current Patriots: technically sound with the potential to surprise, but just a little too old-school to inspire trust in today’s NFL. (-1) 21 He’s certainly an entertaining watch; he always has been. But Winston’s track record should’ve told us coming into 2022 that he’d be a weekly gamble, always a little too lenient on his big arm. (-2) 22 The ridicule he’s faced since his waning days in L.A. has been justified by iffy performances under pressure, but Goff also remains an underrated precision passer when all the other parts are clicking. Quietly, he’s had Detroit moving the ball with ease. (+5) 23 The physical tools are apparent, but he’s had awfully little to show for it. The Bears haven’t exactly surrounded him with stars, but it’s also concerning how little they trust him to even throw the ball. (-1) 24 He’s still getting points for standing tall as a youngster in imperfect circumstances, but at some point, he’s gotta be able to move the ball reliably. (-1) 25 So maybe moxie really does only get you so far as an NFL QB. Mayfield never quits, but that’s part of the issue as he struggles to make plays under pressure. (-1) 26 After a poised Week 1 upset of Russell Wilson, Smith came back to Earth against the 49ers. He can complete all the passes for Pete Carroll, but when the offense is built to play it safe, his ceiling is limited. 27 He’s shown a lot of fight for a team written off, and his athleticism makes him pesky, but the passing remains inconsistent. (+2) 28 The ultra-conservative approach from offensive coordinator Matt Canada is theoretically saving Trubisky from himself, but isn’t that an indictment on the QB’s ability to elevate the team? (-3) 29 Don’t ask him to escape pressure or survive a slew of sacks, but at 37, Flacco’s still got the vision and adequate arm talent to spoil another team’s day. (+1) 30 He’s kind of just “there,” as the Giants‘ QB, which is fine when New York’s defense is owning the day. What happens when it’s time for him to win a game on his own? (-2) 31 Make that a 2-0 record for Rush when starting in place of Dak Prescott. Physically limited or not, he knows where to go with the ball. (+1) 32 He improved from Week 1 in a tight loss to the Jets, but he remains an ultra-conservative, not-terribly-accurate interim for a team that should be much better. (-1)



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