Where do the Panthers' QBs rank in NFC South?

The first position up in our Ranking the NFC South series is the quarterbacks. Which team in the NFC South has the best QB situation heading into 2015?

Over the next few weeks, Brandon Croce will be ranking the NFC South by position. The team with the best position group, based on their starters as well as their depth, will receive four points all the way down to one point. The points will then be totaled up to determine who has the best team heading into 2015.


New Orleans Saints

Starter: Drew Brees

Reserves: Luke McCown, Garrett Grayson, Ryan Griffin

Drew Brees is one of the best in the league and the top quarterback in the NFC South, even though he is coming off a down season. After three seasons with 5,000 or more passing yards, he missed the mark by only 48 yards in 2014.

This could be Brees’ toughest season yet after the Saints traded away two of his top receiving targets from a season ago with Jimmy Graham now in Seattle and Kenny Stills in Miami. Until there is a substantial drop in his performance, Brees will hold on as the top quarterback in the division.

Points: 4


Carolina Panthers

Starter: Cam Newton

Reserves: Derek Anderson, Joe Webb

The Panthers locked up Cam Newton with a long term contract extension this offseason, even though he also coming off a down year. Newton did struggled with injuries for a majority of the year which certainly could have been a big reason for the drop.

There is a very small difference between the Panthers and Falcons. Ryan’s season averages are slightly better than Newton. However, the Panthers get the edge based on the depth they have at the position. Derek Anderson proved last season he is more than capable to step in and can produce at a high level.

Points: 3


Atlanta Falcons

Starter: Matt Ryan

Reserves: T.J. Yates, Sean Renfree

Matt Ryan has put up some impressive numbers as the Falcons quarterback with at least 4,500 passing yards the past three seasons. He also has averaged over 28 touchdown passes and only 15 interceptions during that stretch.

The concern for the Falcons is they have the least experienced backup quarterbacks in the NFC South with T.J. Yates only playing in 14 games. The Falcons may not be as concerned though with Ryan proving to be very durable in his career, missing only two games out of a possible 112 games over seven seasons.

Points: 2


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Starter: Jameis Winston

Reserves: Mike Glennon, Seth Lobato

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only team in the NFC South with a rookie quarterback as Jameis Winston is expected to be the starter. The Bucs selected Winston with the first overall pick this past draft and they hope he is the franchise quarterback of the future. The present though may be a little rocky as he transitions to the NFL.

The team still has a veteran on the roster to backup Winston in Mike Glennon. He has played in 19 games the past two seasons and has played well at times. He may not be the best quarterback but he could be productive in the right system.

Points: 1




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