With the 2018-2019 season in the books, where does Pro Football Focus rank the starting quarterbacks of the NFC East, including Carson Wentz and Nick Foles?
Well, Pro Football Focus is surely going stir the pot in the NFC East with their final grades for quarterbacks from last season. As always, PFF does an excellent job of taking an in-depth look at each, and every snap players take on a weekly basis. Although their grading system and formulas are unknown to the ordinary folks from the outside looking in, it’s still necessary to acknowledge the results of their tedious research when it comes to individual players.
For the last week or so, PFF has been hard at work ranking the top players from a specific position in each division by their grades. And this week, they have decided to release their grades for the quarterbacks of the NFC East. Now, ever since the arrival of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, there have been tons ongoing debates throughout the last three offseasons about who is truly better.
While all of those debates are typically opinion-based, PFF has decided to throw some fuel on the fire this week with their NFC East rankings from the 2018-2019 season. So with that being said, let’s take a look at what they have decided to come up with.
Pro Football Focus’ top QBs of the NFC East
Well hello there, Carson Wentz. What do we have here? How could this be legit that Carson Wentz is rated with a fairly high 79.4, while Dak Prescott falls significantly behind him with a grade of 74.6? Well, it’s simple – Carson Wentz wasn’t as bad as everybody made him out to be in 2018. Did Wentz have a down year? Yes. But think about it – before Wentz tore his ACL in 2017, he was playing at an elite level.
Wentz was seriously the best quarterback in the NFL in 2017. Following up a season like that while not playing precisely like an MVP will definitely look worse, even though it’s not all that bad. At the end of the day, Wentz was decent in 2018. Not great, and not bad, but decent. As for Prescott, well, he looked rough for a while. Although the addition of Amari Cooper helped him out tremendously, there were times where Prescott became his own worst enemy.
The best part about this ranking is the fact that Nick Foles, the Eagles backup quarterback is ranked higher than both, Alex Smith and Eli Manning. Similar to Wentz, Foles didn’t play as great as he did at times last season, but he did well enough to help get the Eagles back on the right track and into the playoffs. Fortunately for Foles, his play was good enough to make him a high-priority free agent for quarterback-needy teams in 2019. Maybe the New York Giants or the Washington Redskins will consider him after seeing this list.