Over the next few weeks we will be going through the division by position, handing out our rankings to determine which team has the best roster entering the 2016 season. The position groups will be ranked based not only on the starter but the depth behind them from first to fourth with the best team receiving four points. These point totals will then be added up to determine who has the best team this season.
1. Carolina Panthers (4 Points)
There is no question that the Panthers have the best quarterback after Cam Newton was named the MVP and coming off a season with 45 touchdowns. However, the Panthers also have Derek Anderson, who is a former Pro Bowl quarterback and Joe Webb, who has started a playoff game at quarterback.
2. New Orleans Saints (3 Points)
This is where it starts to get tricky but the Saints finish second behind the Panthers thanks to Drew Brees. The former Pro Bowl quarterback has seen his stats steadily decline over the past few years but he still finished last year with 4,870 passing yards, 32 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions.
After Brees, is Luke McCown who started one game last year and showed he is still more than capable to step into the game and play well if the need arises. Against the Panthers he completed 31 out of 38 pass attempts for 310 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2 Points)
The Tampa Bay Bucs have a rising star in Jameis Winston who played well in his first season in the NFL. He finished the year with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions over the final seven games and looked better as the season progressed. This is something important for a rookie quarterback and should help in his second season.
After Winston, and this is one of the reasons the Bucs rank higher than the Falcons, is Mike Glennon who played well in 2013 and 2014. He has played in 19 games and has thrown 29 touchdowns to only 15 interceptions. He is a capable backup who can step in if the need arises.
4. Atlanta Falcons (1 Points)
Matt Ryan is coming off the worst season of his career with 4,500 passing yards but only 21 touchdowns, which is the lowest total since his rookie season. He also threw 16 interceptions, which is the second highest total of his career. These are not a good trends for a quarterback and he will need to have a bounce back season.
The Falcons brought back Matt Schaub who started his career with the Falcons before playing for the Texans, Raiders and Ravens. He is a veteran quarterback who could step in as relief but not necessarily confident he could be a long-term answer if the need arises.
|Team||Quarterback||Running Back||Wide Receiver||Tight End||Offensive Line||Total|
|New Orleans Saints||3||3|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||2|
*Depth charts courtesy of Ourlads.com