Early 2021 projections for each starting QB in the NFC East

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The NFC East features some of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and the expectations for them are certainly high. There are a few quarterback battles taking place within the division, but we’ll keep our focus on who we believe will be the week one starting quarterback for each team.

Dak Prescott is back with a new contract for the Dallas Cowboys and will be looking to prove a point coming off of a gruesome ankle injury that ended his 2020 season prematurely. Jalen Hurts is set to begin his first season as the franchise quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, while Ryan Fitzpatrick will play his first season with the Washington Football Team. Daniel Jones is facing a lot of pressure this season as well and will look to prove that he is the quarterback of the future for the New York Giants.

Let’s dive into the early outlooks for each starting quarterback in the NFC East for the upcoming 2021 season.

Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts balled out for the Eagles in a limited role last season as a rookie, and now that he’s entering his second season with the team under a brand new coaching staff, the sky is the limit for the former Heisman Trophy Finalist.

Hurts has always had an outstanding work ethic and it has propelled him to be in great shape to guide the Eagles to success. I think Hurts will make great strides in his sophomore season in the NFL.

He could have a stat line that looks like this: 8-9 record, 57.7 completion percentage, 3,489 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. I also think Hurts could make a difference on the ground and rush for about 450 yards and score three times.

New York Giants: Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones is about to enter a boom or bust season that could 100 percent determine the outcome of the rest of his NFL career.

The Giants have officially given Jones everything he could need to be a successful starting quarterback and all eyes will be on him to prove he can get the job done. I think Jones will actually have a vastly improved season, which is contrary to popular belief, but the weapons the Giants have given him are top tier.

My projected stat line for Jones are a 10-7 record, 59.9 completion percentage, 4,227 passing yards, 29 passing touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.

Washington Football Team: Ryan Fitzpatrick

Who knows who the Week 1 starting quarterback will be in Washington, but I’d place my bets on Ryan Fitzpatrick to be the primary man under center.

Fitzpatrick, 38, is going to be bringing his high energy and big bearded play style to the nation’s capitol in hopes of guiding the team to the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Fitzpatrick could be replaced at some point, but I think he could play well enough to be the starter for the entirety of the season.

My projected stat line for Ryan Fitzpatrick is a 9-7 record, 67.1 completion percentage, 3,297 passing yards, 25 passing touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.

Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott suffered one of the most gruesome injuries one could suffer as a starting quarterback, but he is poised and ready to bounce back in 2021.

Prescott is my hands down favorite candidate to win the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2021, and I think he’ll put together a great season that could help guide Dallas back to the playoffs. Prescott, in my opinion, could realistically flex a stat line that sees the Cowboys winning 13 games while he tosses 4,322 passing yards, completes 65.3 percent of his passes, and logs a touchdown to interception ratio of 33 to 8.

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  1. You’re obviously a Cowboy fan. They always look good on paper, but on the field, it’s never usually the same. The Cowboys have been self dubbed America’s Team by Jerry Jones, but they haven’t been out of the first round of the playoffs in over 20 years.

    I think you underestimate the stat line for Hurts. The Eagles have their starting OL back which is one of the best in the NFL. The receivers, while not household names, are no longer rookies tasting their first NFL action. Reagor has been moved to the slot, with Devonta Smith on one side and Travis Fulgham on the other. There are others that will see action for certain, including Jamon Ausbon, Trevon Grimes, Hightower, Quez Watkins and Greg Ward. The backfield of Sanders, Kerryon Johnson, Boston Scott, Gainwell and Jordan Howard will be a formidable one as Sirianni loves to run the ball. The Eagles OL is in the top 3 in run blocking. The DL has improved with Cox and Hargrave, with a solid rotation behind them. The DE of Sweat, Graham, Derek Barnett, and recently signed Ryan Kerrigan will do well in Gagnon’s new D scheme. The LB’s have improved with Singleton, TJ Edwards and recently signed Eric Wilson. CB is admittedly a weak area, but most likely Howie Roseman is not done trading, and don’t be surprised to see a veteran CB opposite Slay. Safety is solid with Adams, Epps, Anthony Harris and veteran Rodney McCloud. This is going to be a young, hungry team, so don’t be surprised if they knock off some teams you think they will lose to, including the Giants, Cowboys and Washington.

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