17 Starting Quarterbacks in the NFL 2022

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Are you interested to know who are the top starting quarterbacks in the NFL this year?

2022 is ending; it is time to rank which players performed their best and who failed short. It is always exciting yet challenging to rank the players, as everyone has their own opinions.

The same goes for the starting quarterbacks. Many famous faces performed their best the previous year, but what about this year?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady (Source: Wikipedia)

Have the players been able to keep their good strike, or have they fallen behind? There are always new, young players overtaking the good spots and climbing the ranks in the league.

Let us not keep you in suspense for long. Here we present our list of the 17 starting quarterbacks in the NFL!

Quick Overview

Here is the highlight of our 17 starting quarterbacks in the league.

Player’s Name Team
17. Matt Ryan Indianapolis Colts
16. Trey Lance San Francisco 49ers
15. Jalen Hurts Philadelphia Eagles
14. Kirk Cousins Minnesota Vikings
13. Kyler Murray Arizona Cardinals
12. Derek Carr Las Vegas Raiders
11. Deshaun Watson Cleveland Browns
10. Matthew Stafford Los Angeles Rams
9. Lamar Jackson Baltimore Ravens
8. Russell Wilson Denver Broncos
7. Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys
6. Joe Burrow Cincinnati Bengals
5. Justin Herber Los Angeles Charger
4. Tom Brady Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3. Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers
2. Patrick Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs
1. Josh Allen Buffalo Bills

17 Starting Quarterbacks in the NFL

We have taken reference from SPORTINGNEWS as the primary source.

17. Matt Ryan

The first player on our list of the 17 starting quarterbacks in the NFL is 37 year-old Matt Ryan.

The Atlanta Falcons drafted him as the third overall in the first round during the 2008 NFL Draft.

After playing 14 seasons with the Falcons, the franchise traded him to the Indianapolis Colts on March 21, 2022.

Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan For Indianapolis Colts (Source: Twitter)

Ryan holds several franchise records with the Falcons and had his breakthrough season in 2016.

As of Week 7, 2022, Ryan has recorded 8,360 passing attempts, 5,489 passing completions, 62,178 passing yards, 93.9 passer rating, 377-179 TD-INT, and a 65.7% completion percentage.

16. Trey Lance

The 22 year-old Trey Lance made his NFL debut in 2021. The San Francisco 49ers selected him in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

When Lance entered the draft, he was considered a top quarterback prospect.

On July 28, 2021, he was signed into a four-year rookie contract worth $34.1 million. In his rookie season, he played as a backup.

Trey Lance
Trey Lance For 49ers (Source: SBNation.com)

Lance’s statistics as of Week 7, 2022, include 102 passing attempts, 56 passing completions, 797 passing yards, 5-3 TD-INT, and a 54.9% completion percentage.

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15. Jalen Hurts

Number 15 is the 24 year-old Jalen Hurts. The Philadelphia Eagles picked him in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft as 53rd overall.

Hurts was part of the team that won the College Football Playoff National Championship in 2018.

Jalen Hurts For The Eagles
Jalen Hurts For The Eagles (Source: SBNation.com)

His NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2022, include 870 passing attempts, 540 passing, and 37-16 TD-INT.

14. Kirk Cousins

The 14th starting quarterback on our list is Minnesota Vikings’ Kirk Cousins. The Washington Redskins drafted him in the fourth round as the 102nd overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The 34 year-old Cousins played with the Redskins in 2017.

Kirk Cousins
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins (Source: Sports Illustrated)

On March 15 of the following year, the Vikings signed him on a the-then highest guaranteed three-year contract worth $84 million.

As of Week 9, 2022, Cousins has recorded 4,600 passing attempts, 3,064 passing completions, 35,054 passing yards, and 237-99 TD-INT.

13. Kyler Murray

The next player on our list of the 17 starting quarterbacks in the NFL is the 25 year-old Kyler Murray.

The Arizona Cardinals selected him as the first overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.

In his rookie season, Murray became the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Arizona Cardinals QB Kyle Murray
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyle Murray (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

Similarly, he set several rookie quarterback records for the franchise and was named PFWA All-Rookie Team. He also received consecutive Pro Bowl selections in 2020 and 2021.

His statistics as of Week 9, 2022, include 1,941 passing attempts, 1,297 passing completions, 13,648 passing yards, 2,145 rushing yards, 22 rushing touchdowns, 82-40 TD-INT, 92.6 passer rating, and 66.8% completion percentage.

12. Derek Carr

Derek Carr is the starting quarterback for the Las Vegas Raiders. The Oakland Raiders (now Las Vegas Raiders) drafted him in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft as the 36th overall pick.

The 31 year-old three times Pro Bowl selection Carr signed a five-year contract extension worth $125 million in 2017, which was a then-largest contract.

Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr (Source: The Spun)

As of Week 9, 2022, Carr has recorded 4,804 passing attempts, 3,113 passing completions, 34,135 passing yards, 810 rushing yards, six rushing touchdowns, 208-90 TD-INT, and a 92.3 passer rating.

11. Deshaun Watson

The 27 year-old Deshaun Watson is the quarterback for the Cleveland Browns.

The Houston Texans selected him in the first round as the 12th overall during the 2017 NFL Draft.

Texans traded Watson to the Browns on March 18, 2022.

Deshaun Watson
Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson (Source: The Spun)

The signing was one of the most expensive contracts in the NFL. He was named the PFWA All-Rookie Team and the NFL passing yards leader.

As of 2021, Watson had 1,748 passing attempts, 1,186 passing completion, 14,539 passing yards, 1,677 rushing yards, 17 rushing touchdowns, 104-36 TD-INT, 104.5 passer rating, and a 67.8% completion percentage.

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10. Matthew Stafford

The next player on our list of the 17 starting quarterbacks in the NFL is 34 year-old Matthew Stafford. The Detroit Lions selected him as the first overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.

The Lions traded Stafford to Los Angeles Rams on March 18, 2021.

He is among the top 20 players in all-time in pass attempts, completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns. Similarly, he is also the fastest player to reach 40,000 passing yards in NFL.

Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford
Los Angeles Rams QB Matthew Stafford (Source: ESPN)

Stafford’s statistics as of Week 9, 2022, include 7,128 passing attempts, 4,508 passing completions, 52,082 passing yards, 90.9 passer rating, 333-169 TD-INT, and 63.2% completion percentage. 

9. Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson is a 26 year-old quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens. The franchise selected him as the first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

During his rookie season, Jackson became Ravens’ starting quarterback. He holds several NFL records and won NFL MVP in 2019.

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson
Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (Source: The Guardian)

As of Week 9, 2022, Jackson has recorded 1,651 passing attempts, 1,052 passing completions, 12,198 passing yards, 4,428 rushing yards, 24 rushing touchdowns, 101-38 TD-INT, and a 96.8 passer rating.

8. Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson is number 8 on the list of the 17 starting quarterbacks in the NFL. Seattle Seahawks drafted him in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft as the 75th overall pick.

The 34 year-old is considered one of the greatest dual-threat quarterbacks in NFL history.

Denver Broncos Starting QB Russell Wilson
Denver Broncos Starting QB Russell Wilson (Source: KOMO News)

The Hawks traded him to the Denver Broncos on March 16, 2022.

Russell’s NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2022, include 4,555 passing attempts, 2,936 passing completions, 35,318 passing yards, 4,484 rushing yards, 21 rushing touchdowns, 269-87 TD-INT, and 99.8 passer rating.

7. Dak Prescott

Next, we have the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Dak Prescott. The 29 year-old was drafted by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Prescott played as a backup in his rookie season and started as a quarterback in the preseason.

Dak Prescott
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Source: The New York Times)

He was named the 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and PFWA All-Rookie Team. Similarly, he has two Pro Bowl selections under his name.

As of Week 8, 2022, Prescott has recorded 23,215 passing yards, 1,512 rushing yards, 26 rushing touchdowns, 151-54 TD-INT, and a 98.6 passer rating.

6. Joe Burrow

The sixth starting quarterback on our list is 26 year-old Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals picked Burrow first overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Due to injury, Burrow’s rookie season ended. After a comeback, he was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year and NFL Completion Percentage Leader.

Joe Burrow
Cincinnati Bengals Staring QB Joe Burrow (Source: Cincinnati Enquirer)

He holds the franchise record for passer rating, completion percentage, and single-game passing yards.

As of Week 7, 2022, Burrow has recorded 1,333 passing attempts, 909 passing completions, 10,459 passing yards, 70-27 TD-INT, and a 100.7 passer rating.

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5. Justin Herbert

Justin Herbert is a 24 year-old quarterback whom the Los Angeles Chargers drafted as the sixth overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

He became the starting quarterback for the franchise in the second game of his rookie season.

He was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and PWFA All-Rookie Team 2020. 

Los Angeles Chargers Starting QB Justin Herbert (Source: The Spun)
Los Angeles Chargers Starting QB Justin Herbert (Source: The Spun)

As of Week 8, 2022, Herbert has recorded 1,730 passing attempts, 1,151 passing completions, 12,354 passing yards, 88-32 TD-INT, and a 96.5 passer rating.

4. Tom Brady

Widely regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, 45 year-old Tom Brady is the fourth quarterback on our list of the 17 starting quarterbacks in the NFL.

The New England Patriots drafted him 199th overall in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.

Tom Brady
Tom Brady Staring QB For Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Source: Bucs Nation)

Brady moved to play with Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. He has practically every quarterback record in NFL.

His career statistics as of Week 9, 2022, include 11,131 passing attempts, 7,172 passing completions, 83,268 passing yards, and a 97.9 passer rating.

3. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers is number 3 on our list of the 17 starting quarterbacks in the NFL. Green Bay Packers selected him in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

The 39 year-old Rodgers is considered one of the greatest and most talented quarterbacks of all time by many sportscasters and players.

Aaron Rodgers
Best NFL Players 2022 Aaron Rodgers (Source: People)

As of Week 8, 2022, Rodgers has recorded 6,925 passing attempts, 4,541 passing completions, 53,900 passing yards, 104.7 passing rates, 3,253 rushing yards, and 33 rushing touchdowns.

2. Patrick Mahomes

The 27 year-old Patrick Mahomes is a quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs picked him 10th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.

In his rookie season, Mahomes played as a backup for Alex Smith.

Patrick Mahomes
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (Source: Arrowhead Pride)

Since then, he has become the only quarterback to throw over 5,000 yards in a single season in both college football and NFL history.

As of Week 9, 2022, Mahomes has recorded 2,745 passing attempts, 1,815 passing completions, 22,256 passing yards, and a 66.1% completion percentage.

1. Josh Allen

The number 1 quarterback on our list of the 17 starting quarterbacks in the NFL is 26 year-old Josh Allen.

The Buffalo Bills selected him as the seventh overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Allen had a breakout season in 2020, leading the team to their first division title and playoff victory since 1995.

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen
Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen (Source: Sports Illustrated)

As of Week 9, 2022, Allen has the statistics of 2,297 passing attempts, 1,483 passing completions, 17,044 passing yards, 91.9  passer ratings, 2,808 rushing yards, and 35 rushing touchdowns.

Conclusion

The final ranking of 2022 is yet to come. The list is based on the performances of the starting quarterbacks of the first half season.

The past performances matter but so does the remaining 2022 performances for the final ranking.

Which starting quarterback do you think will come on the top? Let us know!

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