23. New York Giants: Jones, McCoy
Daniel Jones looked like one of the worst starting quarterbacks in NFL history for most of last season. However, there were signs of life for Jones at points last season. Will those sparks turn into full-on flames this season?
If so, the G-Men should finish about .500. If not, expect Saquon Barkley to finish at the top of the league in rushing yards, and the bottom of the league in the standings. Jones’ back up is Colt McCoy, who hasn’t played meaningful football since 2014. If it comes to McCoy, it won’t be pretty.
Projected Record: 6-10
22. New York Jets: Darnold, Morgan, Fales, Flacco
Sam Darnold hasn’t exactly set the Big Apple on fire in his two seasons for the Jets. While his numbers did improve from his rookie season, Darnold ranked as just the 25th best quarterback in terms of QBR last year.
The protection and weapons around Darnold have improved, so that’s good news for Jets fans. Behind Darnold is 4th-round pick James Morgan, journeyman David Fales, and 35-year-old Joe Flacco. If Sam Darnold’s development doesn’t continue, it could be a long season for the Jets.
Projected Record: 7-9
21. Los Angeles Rams: Goff, Wolford
It was just two seasons ago that Jared Goff was leading the Rams to the Super Bowl. It looked like Goff was poised to dominate the league for years to come under the tutelage of head coaching wunderkind Sean McVay. Now it looks like he benefitted from a system that he is currently underperforming in.
The rest of the league has caught up to Goff, and McVay is left wondering what things could be like with a better quarterback. For what it’s worth, that quarterback is not under contract in LA. Goff’s backup is John Wolford who was last seen on the Rams practice squad.
Projected Record: 8-8