Welcome to the NFC East Positional Power Rankings! Now that the NFL draft is over, we will be breaking down one position group per week and power ranking each unit in the division. Today we start off with the most important position on the field: quarterback.

1) Dallas Cowboys 

The Depth Chart & 2020 Stats

  • Dak Prescott – 151 for 222 passing (68% completion) for 1,856 yards, 9 TDs, 4 INT, 10 Sacks; 18 rushes for 93 yards and 3 TDs, 3 Fumbles
  • Cooper Rush – No Stats

Dak Prescott only played in 5 games last season before sustaining a gruesome injury to his right ankle that required multiple surgeries. The Cowboys might not have been winning games before the injury, but it wasn’t because of Dak not doing his part. Through 5 games, Dak was on pace for 5,939 passing yards, a number that would have shattered Peyton Manning’s 2013 number of 5,477 yards.  

The only real question mark for the Cowboys at the QB position is if Dak will come back fully healthy and continue at the same pace. If he is able to do so, the Cowboys offense should be special in 2021. If he isn’t? Well, there isn’t exactly much behind him and the team could be tied to a really bad contract with Dak for the foreseeable future. 

2) Philadelphia Eagles

The Depth Chart & 2020 Stats

  • Jalen Hurts – 77 for 148 passing (52% completion) for 1,061 yards, 6 TDs, 4 INT, 13 sacks; 63 rushes for 354 yards and 3 TDs, 9 fumbles
  • Joe Flacco – 74 for 134 passing (55.2% completion) for 864 yards, 6 TDs, 3 INT, 7 sacks

A year ago Eagles fans and Cowboys fans were debating who the better QB was between Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz. Those were fun days weren’t they? Fast forward to today. Carson Wentz is no longer even on the Eagles roster, replaced by a 2nd round draft pick from a year ago.  

Jalen Hurts got the nod for the final 4 games of the season in Philly and injected excitement into an otherwise stagnant offense. His 4-week numbers put him on pace for a 4,244 yard passing season and 1,416 yard rushing season. Only 2 QBs in NFL history have ever had a 1,000 yard rushing season: Michael Vick in 2006 and Lamar Jackson in 2019 and 2020. None of those QBs surpassed 3,200 yards passing in those respective seasons. If Hurts can improve his accuracy and maintain that same production in 2021, he could solidify himself as the franchise QB in Philadelphia for the long term.  

3) New York Giants 

The Depth Chart & 2020 Stats

  • Daniel Jones – 280 for 448 passing (62.5% completion) for 2,943 yards, 11 TD, 10 INT, 45 sacks; 65 rushes for 423 yards and 1 TD, 11 fumbles
  • Mike Glennon – 111 for 179 passing (62% completion) for 1,072 yards, 7 TD, 5 INT, 9 sacks

With the signing of Kenny Golladay and John Ross, as well as the selection of Kadarius Toney in the 1st round of the 2021 NFL Draft, all excuses have been eliminated for Daniel Jones. All the weapons he could ever need have been placed around him and it is time for him to take a leap and prove that he was worth a top 10 pick.  

Jones hasn’t been bad in his time in New York, but he has done nothing to set himself apart as a special QB. He has the athleticism to be a threat with his legs and he has the ability to make NFL throws, but it just hasn’t all come together. The injury to Saquon Barkley really hurt the Giants last season. With his return and the 2nd year of the Joe Judge tenure, it’s sink or swim time for Daniel Jones.  

You could argue that the Giants should have selected QB Justin Fields when he fell to them at pick 11 in the draft. But they chose to trade back, a decision they may regret if they have to get in a bidding war for a QB next season. However, in their trade back with Chicago they did secure an additional 2022 1st round pick that they can use as part of that effort if Jones fails to thrive.

4) Washington Football Team 

The Depth Chart & 2020 Stats

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick – 183 for 267 passing (68.5% completion) for 2,091 yards, 13 TDs, 8 INTs, 14 sacks; 30 rushes for 151 yards, 2 TDs, 2 fumbles
  • Taylor Heinicke – 12 for 19 passing (63.2% completion) for 137 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs, 1 sack; 3 rushes for 22 yards

The Washington Football Team was truly a QB away from being a very scary team last season. In the offseason, they chose not to go all-in on obtaining a potential franchise QB, electing instead to sign Ryan Fitzpatrick in free agency. Fitzpatrick is a long-time backup/spot starter who is entering his 17th season in the league. He has started double-digit games only 1 time in the last 4 seasons and is a very hot and cold player. Fitzpatrick will have games where he is nearly unstoppable. But he will be unable to sustain that level of play over the course of a season and, more importantly, a playoff run.  

The Football Team likely signed a QB who will do just enough this season to ensure that it is difficult for the team to land a top QB once again next April.

Positional Power Rankings

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