28. Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Bears
2017 stats: 196-for-330 (59.4%), 2,193 passing yards, 7 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 41 carries, 248 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns
The Jay Cutler era officially ended in 2016, and the Mike Glennon era didn’t last for much of 2017. Rookie Mitch Trubisky has already taken the reins, leading Chicago to a 4-8 record in the 12 games he started. Chicago’s ridiculously conservative run-first (and run always) offense has many wondering if Trubisky will ever develop into an above-average passer in the NFL. It’s still way too early to draw any conclusions, as Bears fans are hoping the new coaching staff can unlock a Jared Goff-like leap for Trubisky in his second year.
27. Josh McCown - New York Jets
2017 stats: 267-for-397 (67.3%), 2,926 passing yards, 18 touchdowns, 9 interceptions
It’s safe to say Josh McCown and the Jets were one of the biggest surprises of the 2017 season. Not only did many think the Jets would go 0-16, but McCown was expected to be nothing more than a body to help guide New York to the No. 1 pick in the 2018 Draft. Instead, the 38-year-old completed 67.3% of his passes and guided the Jets to a 5-8 record in games he suited up for. He doesn’t possess elite arm strength or accuracy and obviously isn’t the long-term solution for New York, but as the organization bides its time trying to find its franchise quarterback, he has proven to be more than capable of putting his team in a position to win.
26. Joe Flacco - Baltimore Ravens
2017 stats: 352-for-549 (64.1%), 3,141 passing yards, 18 touchdowns, 13 interceptions
Many might be surprised to see a former Super Bowl Champion rank so poorly on this list, but based on Flacco’s stats since winning Super Bowl XLVII, this ranking might actually be a little generous. Flacco’s arm strength isn’t what it once was, and he has struggled to connect on the deep ball that is pivotal to his game. While Flacco did manage to play in all 16 games in 2016 and 2017 after having his 2015 season cut short due to a torn ACL and MCL, the man responsible for a $24.75 million cap hit in 2018 is not living up to his hefty contract. To make matters worse, at 33 years old, Flacco isn't exactly at the age where we expect to see improvement.
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