Which NFL Quarterbacks are Primed to Break Out This Season
The NFL season is rapidly approaching as we are already in June. We have the NFL Draft already out of the way and the full 17-game schedule released for each team so we can discuss which players will have the potential for a huge breakout season. Today, we will discuss a couple of quarterbacks with the best chance to break out and exactly why to believe in them.
Just like in Nascar betting, sometimes a quarterback is slower during the first few laps but gains speed over the course of their career. These three quarterbacks are fueled up and ready to go during the 2022-23 campaign.
Tua Tagovailoa (QB for Miami Dolphins)
It is hard for a quarterback of Tua Tagovailoa’s caliber to be considered for a breakout season as he was a decorated collegiate quarterback with the Alabama Crimson Tide. This will be his third season in the NFL and his chance to really prove that he can be a top quarterback in the league.
Tagovailoa finished last season, completing 67.8 percent of his passes for 2,653 yards with 16 touchdowns and ten interceptions. This is a huge year in his career as this team is stacked with talent. They added Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cedric Wilson, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill, and Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds to help alleviate some of the pressure off of him.
Tua really needs to step up and be a more consistent quarterback. He’s not going to be Josh Allen throwing deep bombs 30+ yards downfield consistently. Still, with his skill position players and another year of improvement, this should be the year that Tua Tagovailoa breaks out and becomes a top 10 quarterback for the year. He has improved in his first two seasons, and this should be no different for the 24-year-old quarterback.
Trevor Lawrence (QB for Jacksonville Jaguars)
When it comes to Floridian quarterbacks, unless you are Tom Brady, you have the opportunity to break out this season. Trevor Lawrence was the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and he struggled in his first season out of college as he completed 59.6 percent of his passes for 3,641 yards with 12 touchdowns, and he led the NFL in 17 interceptions. The team went through some issues with head coach Urban Meyer and now should be able to rite the ship with head coach Doug Pederson leading the way.
The offense had some new additions as Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk and tight end Evan Engram are now on the roster in the skill positions to help Lawrence develop. Not only that, but they have his collegiate teammate running back Travis Etienne Jr, making his debut after suffering an injury before the regular season started last year. Now, this is the year where the NFL speed doesn’t look too fast for him, and he can have more than two games with multiple touchdown passes and an eight-week stretch where he only threw a single touchdown. He is ready to go here.
Zach Wilson (QB for the New York Jets)
When you talk about a rookie quarterback making the next leap due to roster configuration and working out, the Jets were aggressive in the NFL Draft to add some really solid skill position talent by drafting wide receiver Garrett Wilson, running back Breece Hall, and tight end Jeremy Ruckert while also signing tight end C.J. Uzomah in the offseason. Wilson struggled in his first NFL season as he had a putrid 28.2 QBR with just nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions during that.
The roster around him has drastically improved on both sides of the ball, and Wilson has shown the ability to show flashes last year that he can be an upper-level quarterback here. Now it is time that he put that together, and he began the offseason by adding some extra muscle to help protect him and keep him on the field.