32. Bryce Petty – New York Jets
Week 15 ranking: 32
Week 16 stats: 0-for-3 (0.0%), 0 passing yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception
2016 stats: 75-for-133 (56.4%), 809 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 7 interceptions
There’s no better summary of how bad 2016 has been to the Jets than Bryce Petty serving as the team’s starting quarterback. Thanks in large part to Ryan Fitzpatrick’s atrocious play, New York has turned to the second-year signal caller out of Baylor. Petty is an underrated athlete, but doesn’t possess above average arm strength or accuracy. Plus, Petty spent his collegiate career running the spread offense, which has only made his transition to the NFL that much more difficult. With no offensive weapons beyond Brandon Marshall, Petty and the Jets can’t wait for 2016 to be done.
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31. Matt Barkley – Chicago Bears
Week 15 ranking: 31
Week 16 stats: 24-for-40 (60.0%), 323 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 5 interceptions
2016 stats: 119-for-202 (58.9%), 1,486 passing yards, 8 touchdowns, 12 interceptions
Season-ending injuries to Brian Hoyer and Jay Cutler are the only reason Matt Barkley can even be called a starting NFL quarterback. The USC alum has been in the league since 2013, but hadn’t thrown a touchdown in any of his first three seasons. Lacking any semblance of mobility or athleticism, Barkley’s slow release and below-average arm strength all but guarantee a high draft pick for Chicago in 2017.
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30. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams
Week 15 ranking: 30
Week 16 stats: 11-for-24 (45.8%), 90 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
2016 stats: 99-for-185 (53.5%), 969 passing yards, 5 touchdowns, 7 interception
After 10 brutal weeks of Case Keenum-led football, it’s difficult to determine whether Goff won the starting job, or was handed it by default. The preseason certainly left many fans feeling pessimistic about the organization’s decision to give up the farm to draft Goff first overall, but after 10 extra weeks of practice reps, one has to think he can’t perform any worse than Keenum. Playing in a spread system in college made Goff’s transition to the pros much more difficult, but with decent mobility and a strong/accurate arm, Goff should only move higher up this list as he adjusts to the speed of the NFL.
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