So, Dak Prescott, it turns out you became a starter even sooner than we imagined. (But not much sooner.) Sorry, Tony Romo. Take your time and get healthy, and hopefully we'll see you back on this list sometime this season.
Each week this season we'll rank the starting QBs, and for this preseason edition, we made a few not-so-bold predictions about the teams that haven't named their starter yet. So let's start with the worst of the bunch: the defending Super Bowl champions!
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Trevor Siemian, Broncos
How badly will the Broncos miss Peyton Manning? Siemian, a guy who took one snap last year, has the starting job.
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Blaine Gabbert, 49ers
Kap makes the team, but it appears the Niners are stuck with Gabbert (2) as their starter — for now.
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Case Keenum, Rams
Jared Goff isn't ready, so Keenum (left) will be the Week 1 starter while Rams continue to groom the No. 1 overall pick.
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Carson Wentz, Eagles
Sorry, Chase Daniel (left). Wentz’s rib injury apparently has healed and the Eagles have given the rookie the starting job for Week 1. No surprise here; the Eagles didn’t trade up to draft Wentz No. 2 to NOT play him.
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Robert Griffin III, Browns
He's clicked with his receivers in the preseason but has a long road back to the top — and a long list of Browns QB busts to finally put an end to.
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Sam Bradford, Vikings
Teddy Bridgewater's injury late in the preseason exposed the Vikings' weak backup plan at quarterback, and necessitated a trade. Bradford knew he wasn't in Philly's long-term plans, now he's not in Minnesota's. He's stepping into a new offense on the eve of the season opener. Not an enviable position.
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Jimmy Garoppolo, Patriots
Jimmy's the man while Tom Brady serves his suspension, so it's time to toss him into the rankings — before the Pats toss him into the fire at Arizona in Week 1.
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Brock Osweiler, Texans
He has the weight of a big contract on his shoulders and not much experience to fall back on.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets
Doubt even the Jets expect Fitz to repeat his strong 2015 season. They sure weren't in any rush to re-sign him.
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Jay Cutler, Bears
Making a career out of not proving the critics wrong.
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Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
Can Tannehill take the next step? He should have his best shot under new coach Adam Gase, a former QBs coach and OC.
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Dak Prescott, Cowboys
Welp, it's all but official. Barring some miracle, Prescott will be the Week 1 starter. Cowboy fans may be excited by Dak's preseason dominance, but he hasn't truly been tested yet. Good news is he has the best line in the league, plus Dez Bryant and Ezekiel Elliott.
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Blake Bortles, Jaguars
Not much to do in Jacksonville except throw the ball.
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Joe Flacco, Ravens
Coming off a down (odd number) year, Flacco is due for a good one.
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Tyrod Taylor, Bills
He's playing in the preseason like 2015 was no fluke, and with the motivation to get paid – by the Bills ($27.5M option for ’17) or another team.
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Matt Ryan, Falcons
Pencil him in for 4,000 yards even with no Roddy White; it helps to have the leading receiver in the NFL, Julio Jones. But his career's trending downward with a three-year playoff drought.
Derek Carr, Raiders
May be ready to leap frog the fading vets on this list in Year 3, but it won’t be easy in Oakland.
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Alex Smith, Chiefs
Making a career out of steady but unspectacular.
Matt Stafford, Lions
4,000 passing yards is probably a given, even with no Megatron.
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Kirk Cousins, Redskins
Playing for that big contract after getting franchise tagged.
Andy Dalton, Bengals
Underestimating Andy Dalton? It’s a cottage industry.
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Eli Manning, Giants
Eli should thrive with old QB coach Mike Sullivan now the OC, but sure didn't show it in the preseason.
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Carson Palmer, Cardinals
Had career year playing in the NFL’s top offense last season; can he do it again at 36?
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Marcus Mariota, Titans
Should make a big leap in Year 2 and has had a sharp performance in preseason.
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Philip Rivers, Chargers
How long will he remain a top-tier QB if the Chargers keep struggling and missing the playoffs?
Jameis Winston, Buccaneers
Passed for 4,042 yards as a rookie and now can jump into convo of elite QBs. Still doubt him?
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Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
Has to stay healthy and get Le’Veon Bell and Ladarius Green back.
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Russell Wilson, Seahawks
Coming off a breakout season, but there's no Marshawn to lean on anymore.
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Andrew Luck, Colts
Luck should be smarter, healthier and back to his 2014 self.
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Drew Brees, Saints
The last time Brees was in a contract year, he threw for 5,476 yards and 46 TDs.
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Aaron Rodgers, Packers
Only got a glimpse so far, but should be his old self with Jordy Nelson back. (He is coming back, right?)
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Cam Newton, Panthers
Despite his struggles against Pats' D in his last tuneup, Newton still gets the top spot. But not by a lot.