NFC East quarterbacks ranked from worst to best in 2024

Who are the best (and worst) quarterbacks in the NFC East for 2024?
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It's not a secret that if you have a great quarterback in today's NFL, you're going to last a lot longer than the teams that don't. That's one reason why there's been such tension and frustration over the Dallas Cowboys' premature playoff departures the last handful of seasons, because they boast one of the NFL's best quarterbacks in Dak Prescott.

But how does Prescott stack up against all of the other quarterbacks in the NFC East in 2024? This group now includes a Heisman Trophy winner as well as a legitimate MVP candidate.

Let's take a look at the best quarterbacks in the NFC East entering the 2024 season.

4. Daniel Jones/Drew Lock, New York Giants

I feel pretty darn comfortable putting Daniel Jones and/or Drew Lock in the 4th and worst slot among the NFC East quarterbacks in 2024.

Frankly, and even putting the division rival aspect of this aside, it's bordering on concerning how confident the New York Giants seem to be with Daniel Jones, whose best season in the NFL was barely worthy of being labeled top-tier game manager status. Jones, since entering the league in 2019, has dealt with a combination of injuries and inconsistency at the position. And when I say inconsistency, I mean that he's been one of the worst and most turnover-prone quarterbacks in the game.

His 46 fumbles since 2019 are the second-most of any NFL player in that timeframe (Josh Allen is #1) and in 60 NFL games, Jones has a wild combination of 40 interceptions, 46 fumbles, and 179 sacks taken (third most since 2019). That was all worth a four-year, $160 million deal from a new Giants regime that didn't even draft Jones. What in the world is going on there?

3. Jayden Daniels, Washington Commanders

I still can't say I'm fully aboard the Jayden Daniels hype train, but what we saw from him this past season at LSU was undeniably great. Daniels will immediately be one of the best playmaking quarterbacks in the game as a runner, and he can make throws to every level of the field, but can he stand in the pocket and make throws when he needs to?

Can he not take such vicious hits as a runner?

Daniels gets to work with Kliff Kingsbury as his offensive coordinator this coming season, and Kingsbury has done a great job with dual threats at the position. Daniels also has some really solid receivers to throw the ball to in Terry McLaurin and Jahan Dotson. He's going to need opportunities to fail forward, but I would much rather have Daniels than the situation the Giants have going on.

2. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles

Jalen Hurts has made it further in the playoffs than Dak Prescott, we get it. That doesn't make him a better quarterback than Prescott.

Hurts was a lot of fun in the 2021 season when nobody really expected anything, and then even more fun in his MVP-caliber 2022 season in which he and the Eagles went toe-to-toe with the Kansas City Chiefs for four quarters of the Super Bowl. Now, Hurts is one of the highest-paid athletes in American pro sports and coming off of what is, frankly, a highly disappointing season.

The Eagles' defense did their offense no favors last year, but Hurts was much more mistake-prone than we've grown accustomed to. He threw 15 interceptions last season when he had thrown 15 combined interceptions from 2021-22. His QBR dipped last year from over 68 to just over 60.

All of that to say, Hurts was still wildly effective with 23 passing TDs and 15 rushing TDs, but he has to cut down on the mistakes.

1. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott is the best quarterback in the NFC East right now, and soon his pay grade will reflect that. Will that be in Dallas or somewhere else? I'm not sure, but Prescott has developed into one of the best pocket passers in the NFL and one of the most dangerous QBs in the game overall.

Last season, he threw for over 4,500 yards with 36 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. He cut down on the interceptions substantially, and has proven himself to be one of the most dominant down-to-down quarterbacks in the game, completing nearly 70 percent of his throws last year.

Prescott may not be in the "Mahomes" category, but he's elite and gives the Cowboys a fighting chance all throughout January.

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