- Miami Dolphins
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- Washington Commanders
- New Orleans Saints
The NFL is an ever-changing machine. Change is constant and inevitable. This past offseason was one of the wildest in recent history. Multiple star players changed teams via trades and free agent signings, along with new talent incoming via the 2022 NFL Draft. As a result, teams have new hope, optimism, and aspirations for the 2022 season.
After surveying the roster additions, I compiled a list of five NFL quarterbacks that are better set up for success this season than they were last year.
1. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins
Everything around Tagovailoa until this season was downright rough. His former coach was not fond of him, he played behind one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, and Miami lacked talent at the skill positions. Tagovailoa enters his third year in the NFL with a vastly improved situation.
The Dolphins brought in Mike McDaniel to be Tagovailoa’s head coach and design a better offensive system for him to succeed. This hire led to an aggressive roster-building mindset. The new regime brought in Tyreek Hill, Terron Armstead, Connor Williams, Raheem Mostert, and Cedric Wilson Jr. for their young quarterback.
Tagovailoa is set up nicely from the coaching staff to his supporting cast. It is time for him to deliver, but I have more faith in this outcome being positive as a result of the improvements. Without a doubt, Tagovailoa is set up for a much better season in 2022 than he has ever been before.
2. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
Hurts is heading into his second season as the full-time starting quarterback for the Eagles. The team focused on improving the roster on both offense and defense. After selecting DeVonta Smith in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Eagles traded a first-round pick for former Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown.
Hurts’ top three receivers will be Brown, Smith, and Quez Watkins. Dallas Goedert will assume the TE1 role for this offense in addition to a versatile backfield. This Eagles’ offense has given Hurts everything he needs to succeed this season. The passing game is expected to take a leap with essentially two No. 1 wide receivers at Hurts’ disposal.
3. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars
Lawrence’s rookie season is one to forget, to be honest. From being drafted to the worst team in the NFL at the time to dealing with a coach not worthy of his position, nothing worked out for the former national champion.
Fast forward to this offseason and the Jaguars made a concerted effort to improve this roster and the cast around Lawrence. He has a new center and right guard to boost pass protection. Returning to the lineup is his former Clemson teammate and dynamic running back, Travis Etienne. Etienne is healthy and expected to have a big impact offensively, especially in the passing game. Lawrence will be throwing to new wide receivers, Christian Kirk and Zay Jones, who were acquired through free agency.
Are those world-beaters or elite playmakers? Not in the slightest, but they will help make Lawrence’s job easier in his second season.
4. Carson Wentz, Washington Commanders
Wentz has gone from 2017 MVP candidate to being on his third team since 2020. During his time in Indianapolis, Wentz had his ups and downs. The Colts provided a great offensive line and rushing attack, but the receiver options were limited.
Joining the Commanders’ offense, Wentz has a trio of running backs that mesh well with their skill sets. All of them can operate in specific roles depending on the situation. Wentz’s new wide receiver corps goes at least four deep, when healthy: Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, Curtis Samuel, and Dyami Brown. Add in tight end Logan Thomas and Wentz should feel confident with his supporting cast.
If health is maintained throughout the 2022 season, this offense can be quite explosive and versatile. Wentz has more options and help, now he has to help himself with more consistent play on the field.
5. Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints
There is no more Drew Brees or Sean Payton to run the Saints’ offense going forward. Winston took over last season and was efficient in his starts prior to tearing his ACL. He seemed to tone down his heavy turnover and risky play, albeit in a small sample size. Winston performed well considering his wide receiver corps was lackluster, to say the least.
Heading into this season, not only will Winston have star wide receiver Michael Thomas back, but the Saints drafted Chris Olave and signed Jarvis Landry. This offense has a wide receiver that can help Winston attack all three levels. A full season with his new weapons bodes well for Winston to perform at a high level.