Jun
05
2021

Which Third Year QB Will Have a Josh Allen “Leap” Season?

Allen followed a pair of mediocre seasons with an MVP runner-up campaign in 2020. Some see him as a shining example of quarterback development; the perfect player to speak to a high-ceiling, developmental prospect.

Allen’s development in Buffalo has relied on good coaching, organizational support, and sound roster management. It also involved a dash of daring and a bit of belief, kind of like an off-balance Allen pass when it’s unleashed—you never know what might happen. Some reasons for Allen’s include improved mechanics, the addition of wide receiver Stefon Diggs, and a third season in offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s system. One thing was for certain: Allen’s improvement was impressive and was the key reason why the Bills became Super Bowl contenders.

Kyler Murray:

Murray is the most accomplished quarterback on this list. He’s started 32 games in his career so far, improved each season he’s played statistically, and was given additional help offensively this offseason. Additionally, Murray will be playing under the same offensive scheme for the third season in a row with head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Daniel Jones:

The New York Giants surrounded Jones with a plethora of weapons this offseason. They added the following pieces to their offense: Wide receivers Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, and John Ross. This doesn’t include their star running back Saquon Barkley, who will be returning from an ACL tear that cost him the majority of his 2020 season.

With all this offensive firepower, Jones has the weapons to take a step forward in his game. Jones is entering his second season with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.

Drew Lock:

Lock will have competition for the starting position entering the season, as Denver traded for former first-round quarterback Teddy Bridgewater this offseason. Lock will need to prove himself during training camp to earn the starting role. Denver’s offense will include wide receiver Courtland Sutton–who missed most of 2020 with an ACL injury and second-round running back Javonte Williams.

Others drafted in 2018:

Dwayne Haskins:

Haskins was drafted in the first round by the Washington Football Team. He is no longer playing for them after he was released in 2020. Haskins will be completing with Mason Rudolph for the backup position in Pittsburgh.

Will Grier:

Grier was draft by the Carolina Panthers. Grier is currently on the Panthers roster.

Ryan Finley:

Finley was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals. Earlier this year, he was traded to the Houston Texans, who later released him.

Jarrett Stidham:

Stidham was drafted by the New England Patriots. He is currently on the Patriots roster, but that could be in jeopardy with them drafting Mac Jones.

Gardner Minshew:

Minshew was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is currently on the roster, slated to be the backup to this year’s first overall pick Trevor Lawrence.

Easton Stick:

Stick was drafted by the Los Angles Chargers. He is currently on the Chargers roster as the third quarterback behind last year’s rookie of the year Justin Herbert and veteran Chase Daniels.

Clayton Thorson:

Thorson was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. Thorson did not make it out of his first training camp before being cut. currently, he is not on an active roster.

Trace McSorley:

McSorley was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. He took over as the main backup to former MVP Lamar Jackson last season.

The broad takeaway was that breakouts for these disappointing quarterbacks are possible but not something you should feel confident about.

Like Allen in 2020, three starting quarterbacks will be going into Year Three of their careers in 2021: Kyler Murray, Drew Lock, Daniel Jones. So the question can be asked: Which of these third-year quarterbacks is in the best position to leap into the MVP conversation and pull their team into playoff consideration as Allen did in 2020?


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