17. Carson Wentz, Indianapolis Colts
In his first season with the Colts, Wentz put up good numbers with 27 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. But, the costly turnovers at the worst times are the reason the Colts did not make the playoffs. His final game against Jacksonville was awful but he showed enough this year to get another season starting in Indianapolis.
16. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
Jimmy G is a tough player to evaluate. He has limitations as a passer and his decision-making is poor at times, but he continues to win games. Yes, head coach Kyle Shanahan has a lot to do with that, but the Niners were down 17-0 in Week 18 with the playoffs on the line and Garoppolo brought them back to win. If he is not in San Francisco next season he will be starting somewhere.
15. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Ryan is already into the back nine of his career, but he continues to put up decent numbers. He is no longer the MVP version of himself that he was in 2016. But, if you put a bunch of playmakers around him, he could lead his team to the playoffs.
14. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans
It is hard to rank a QB this high that is arguably not the most important player on his offense (Derrick Henry), but here we are. Tannehill threw for 21 touchdowns and 14 interceptions this year and he does not have the strongest arm. But, he did enough to help the Titans clinch the No. 1 seed despite Henry missing half the season.
13. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
Jackson only played 12 games this past season and struggled as a passer. He had 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in those games but his rushing ability remains elite. Despite the down year, I expect a major bounce back from Jackson in 2022.