20. Tennessee Titans: Tannehill, McDonald
After years of waiting for Marcus Mariota to turn into their franchise quarterback, the Titans turned over the keys of the franchise to Ryan Tannehill. Incredibly, Tannehill proved to be the player he never turned into in Miami.
Tannehill’s back up will be former University of Hawai’i star and dreadlock aficionado, Cole McDonald. Yes, the offense runs through the legs of Derrick Henry, but they still will need to pass it sometimes. If Tannehill can replicate his form from last season the Titans should be just fine.
Projected Record: 10-6
19. Cleveland Browns: Mayfield, Keenum
Baker Mayfield regressed last season, there’s no denying it. Mayfield became the punching bag for most of the criticism the team took during their disappointing season last year. Some of that was deserved as Mayfield struggled mightly. Some of that was down to the coaching ineptitude of now-fired Freddie Kitchens.
With a new staff in place and a healthy Odell Beckham Jr., Mayfield should be able to get back on track. It’s still Mayfield’s show, but veteran Case Keenum is waiting in the wings should Mayfield sputter out of the gates again.
Projected Record: 9-7
18. Buffalo Bills: Allen, Barkley, Fromm
Surprising everyone but the front office who drafted him, Josh Allen is proving to be exactly the quarterback the Bills needed. The Bills went 10-5 last season and Allen led the team on 5 game-winning drives.
Matt Barkley has been a backup in Buffalo for a long time and Bills fans will be hoping he stays holding the clipboard. Jake Fromm was a no-brainer as a 5th-round pick in this year’s draft, but don’t expect to see him challenging Allen anytime soon.
Projected Record: 12-4