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3 Most Likely Starting Quarterbacks for the Jets in 2021

Isaiah De Los Santos
The three most likely starting QBs for the New York Jets in 2021, including Justin Fields.
The three most likely starting QBs for the New York Jets in 2021, including Justin Fields. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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The New York Jets head into the 2021 offseason in need of a new head coach and with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. It seems likely that the team will move on from free-agent-to-be Sam Darnold after the former third overall selection has failed to prove he's worth being the team's long-term starting quarterback.

With that mind, here are three likely starting QBs for the Jets in 2021.

Jets Starting QB Candidates 2021

3. Deshaun Watson

Can the Jets pull off a trade for Deshaun Watson?
Can the Jets pull off a trade for Deshaun Watson? / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Okay, this might fall into more of "unlikely" territory, but New York has the potential to make a deal. Deshaun Watson is clearly unhappy with the Houston Texans, and it seems like little could fix that relationship other than a trade. If Watson is open to it, the Jets could offer the No. 2 pick, plus next year's first-rounder, and the Seattle Seahawks' first-round selections in both of those drafts, too. Houston is likely headed towards a rebuild if they move on from Watson, and New York could give them the draft capital to reload. It's a no-brainer if the Jets are given the chance.

2. Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco is worth bringing back as a veteran mentor for New York's new rookie QB.
Joe Flacco is worth bringing back as a veteran mentor for New York's new rookie QB. / Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

No, the Jets aren't signing Joe Flacco to be their starting QB next season. Instead, Flacco makes the list because it'd be a smart decision for the Jets to re-sign him as their backup QB. Flacco filled the role of starter for a couple of games this season with Darnold out, and he could play a similar role if the Jets' new rookie QB struggles. Flacco would be the perfect veteran backup who could help mentor a rookie quarterback thrust into the spotlight, given his experience as a starter and Super Bowl champ.

1. Justin Fields

Justin Fields looks like a lock to be the No. 2 overall pick.
Justin Fields looks like a lock to be the No. 2 overall pick. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields has separated himself from the pack and seems like a sure bet to be the second QB off the board after Clemson's Trevor Lawrence. Fields threw for 1.906 yards and 21 TDs in seven games for Ohio State, adding another 316 yards and 5 TDs on the ground. His breakout performance came in the Sugar Bowl opposite of Lawrence, racking up 427 total yards and 6 passing TDs in the win. No quarterback prospect is ever a sure thing, but Fields looks incredibly promising as the Jets' quarterback of the future.


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