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NFL Quarterbacks Primed to Make Leap Forward in Production During 2019 Season

Mike Esposito
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Whether it's due to their personal development or a potentially stronger supporting cast, there's a group of young quarterbacks that look to be primed for massive improvement during the 2019 NFL season. And if their Week 1 performance was any indication, these starting QBs will likely take a big leap forward in production this season.

NFL Starting Quarterbacks 2019

With that in mind, here are five quarterbacks that could break out in 2019.

5. Sam Darnold, New York Jets

Sam Darnold's first year in the Big Apple was a bit of a mixed bag, but the young quarterback has all the tools to take a step forward in 2019. He went 28-for-41 for 175 yards and one touchdown in a Week 1 loss to Buffalo, but the Bills defense is quietly on of the best units in football. Over the last three games of the 2018 season, Darnold seemingly came into his own, completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 751 yards and five touchdowns to go along with zero interceptions. The 22-year-old QB now has Le'Veon Bell in the backfield and an upgraded receiving corps that includes Jamison Crowder and Robby Anderson.

4. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears

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Mitchell Trubisky led the Chicago Bears defense to three points in the 2019 NFL season opener on Thursday, but he's got the goods to establish himself as one of the league's upper-echelon quarterbacks this season. Trubisky showed tremendous development in his first season with head coach Matt Nagy, completing 66.6 percent of his passes for 3,223 yards and 24 touchdowns in 14 games played. A second season in Nagy's system with a seemingly improved supporting cast, the Chicago signal-caller could be in for a big year in 2019.

3. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills

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Josh Allen flashed plenty of potential during his rookie season, but 2019 could be the year he actually realizes it. The sophomore signal-caller went 24-for-37 for 254 yards and one touchdown and added 38 yards and another TD on the ground. While he did turn the ball over four times, Allen also clicked with John Brown, Cole Beasley and rookie Devin Singletary in the passing game. Along with his game-breaking scrambling ability (631 rushing yards and eight TDs in 2018), Allen's big arm could lead to a breakout season for himself and the Bills.

2. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns

With all the hype the Browns garnered this offseason, the team's Week 1 performance was a bit of a reality check. Baker Mayfield threw for 285 yards on 25 completions while adding one TD and three interceptions. After a rookie year in which he completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 3,725 yards and 27 touchdowns, many expected Baker to take that next step forward – and he still could. He's arguably in the best position of any of these young signal-callers to make that leap with an explosive supporting cast that includes Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb and David Njoku. Consider Week 1 a blip on the radar and for Baker to end up a top-tier QB for year's to come.

1. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson easily had the best game of his young career on Sunday. The second-year QB went 17-for-20 for 324 yards and five touchdowns, including two to his new deep threat rookie Marquise Brown. After a 2018 season in which he rushed for 695 yards and five TDs, Jackson had just three rushes for six yards against the Dolphins. If Week 1 was any indication, the Louisville product may have turned the corner as a passer, making him one of the scariest duel-threat QBs the NFL has seen in a long time. If his improvement continues over the next few weeks, Jackson could be in the MVP conversation come season's end.

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