Written by Ben the Pen
Success in the NFL is usually defined by strong quarterback play. You can't win nowadays without a talented signal-caller and finding one is not very easy. This has been an older quarterback league for years with Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger leading their teams to playoffs and beyond. But those quarterbacks are near or over 40 years old and their time is nearly up. There are young quarterbacks like Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson, Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen that appear to be the future of the league. Let's take a look at the top five breakout quarterbacks in 2020.
1)Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
Murray started from Day 1, which should benefit him in the future. He threw for 3,722 yards with 20 TDs and 12 picks. Those are modest stats in today's game, but he also ran for 544 yards with four TDs. The addition of DeAndre Hopkins will make this offense a lot more explosive and efficient. Kenyan Drake is also a terrific running back to help a quarterback out when there's nobody open downfield. He definitely has some Russell Wilson-like traits as a shorter quarterback who can really sling it.
2)Drew Lock, Denver Broncos
Lock has all the attributes to be a good one. Last season, he suffered a preseason thumb injury and that slowed his progress. He had to watch aging Joe Flacco, get sacked 26 times in eight games before a back injury ended his season and possibly his career as a starter. Lock went 4-1 as a starter, completing 64.1% of his passes. The second-round pick showed some flashes and he'll have some very good weapons led by WR Courtland Sutton, rookie Jerry Jeudy and tight end Noah Fant.
3)Daniel Jones, New York Giants
Jones took over for Eli Manning as a rookie and showed some good things. He also had some turnover problems he has to work on. he fumbled the ball 18 times and lost 11 of them. There are a lot of expectations for the No. 6 picks in the NFL Draft. He has the athletic tools and the big arm to duplicate what Manning did in his prime, but he's also raw. Taking care of the football will be the top goal.
4)Dwayne Haskins, Washington Redskins
Haskins will have to beat out Kyle Allen for the starting job in Washington. If he can't do that, that's not a good sign for his future. Allen could also be on this list, but he doesn't have the talent that Haskins has. The former Ohio State quarterback had just one year of starting experience. In Washington, he played eight games and showed a good deep arm, but was also lost at times. The good news is that he got better as the season went on. Washington doesn't have a lot of weapons, so there will be a lot of pressure on Haskins.
5)Mason Rudolph, Pittsburgh Steelers
Let's face it. Ben Roethlisberger will probably not play all 16 games. The guy is 38-years old and doesn't move that well anymore. Mason Rudolph was 5-3 last season as a starter and threw for 1,765 yards with 13 TDs and nine picks. While Duck Hodges got the headlines because he was a great story, he was subpar at best. The Steelers did not draft a quarterback, so they still feel that Rudolph might the heir apparent to "Big Ben".