Fantasy Football Pre-Season Preview: Quarterbacks

John Tuvey, @jtuvey

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We're now a couple seasons removed from the Great Rookie Quarterback Influx of 2012, but that doesn't mean the position's productivity has slowed. In fact, it's hard to find a team without a quarterback who puts up what used to be considered good fantasy numbers, to the point that you can wait and wait and wait and still snag a reasonably productive fantasy QB. Here's a breakdown of the position's productivity over the past few years, as well as each team's performance over that span--and what's in store for the upcoming campaign.

Position Totals by Year

Year Passes Comps Pass Yards YPC Pass TD Int Runs Rush Yards Rush TD
2005 16,433 9,776 111,478 11.4 639 507 1,384 4,564 44
2006 16,350 9,786 112,038 11.4 643 516 1,425 5,221 44
2007 17,023 10,414 116,615 11.2 715 534 1,305 4,001 40
2008 16,486 10,060 114,456 11.4 638 463 1,316 4,435 48
2009 16,992 10,356 118,600 11.5 703 517 1,336 4,292 45
2010 17,236 10,476 120,755 11.5 746 510 1,420 5,659 46
2011 17,357 10,437 124,886 12.0 741 503 1,571 6,075 66
2012 17,766 10,823 125,687 11.6 753 466 1,587 6,577 66
2013 18,110 11,088 128,953 11.6 799 501 1,707 7,737 57

More, more, more… 2013 quarterbacks were all about the Andrea True Connection (ask your parents) as they established 10-year highs in rushing attempts and yardage as well as passing attempts, completions, yardage and touchdowns. Rushing touchdowns dipped from the two-season peak but still remained well above previous levels, suggesting quarterbacks were being reined in a little—but not so much as to blow previous positional marks in both attempts and yards out of the water. In short, the league is getting exactly what it wants: more offense, beginning at the top with the quarterback position.

Top Ten Quarterback Totals

Year Passes Comps Pass Yards Pass TD Runs Rush Yards Rush TD FF Pts
2004 5,169 3,261 41,259 302 401 1,388 14 3,192
2005 4,999 3,098 36,432 233 370 1,223 13 2,721
2006 5,161 3,118 36,985 222 451 2,123 18 2,474
2007 5,319 3,434 40,090 315 287 674 14 3,416
2008 5,490 3,505 40,904 263 417 1,289 13 3,305
2009 5,356 3,554 43,778 294 303 746 12 3,219
2010 5,487 3,547 40,917 290 392 1,399 14 3,431
2011 5,750 3,669 45,839 334 430 1,519 32 3,972
2012 5,937 3,753 44,990 295 522 2,427 33 3,741
2013 5,939 3,812 43,950 313 451 1,699 20 3,738

Being a top 10 fantasy quarterback in 2013 was all about volume, as no group of top-10 QBs had ever thrown (or completed) as many passes as last season. Rushing productivity was down a bit, supporting the theory espoused above that the more productive teams weren’t turning lose their valuable QBs on the ground. And the fact that the top 10 totals were for the most part on par with previous seasons despite overall high-water marks suggests that more than just the top 10 QBs are putting up helpful fantasy numbers… which is why waiting on a quarterback on fantasy draft day is so en vogue.

Arizona Cardinals

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 550 15 307 21 3,954 15 21 15 23 27
2012 608 9 337 14 3,383 27 11 31 21 32
2013 572 17 362 15 4,274 12 24 15 22 28

(Improving) Carson Palmer actually threw less than his predecessors, but more accurately and efficiently and productively. Bottom line, the Arizona passing game moved from bottom of the barrel to middle of the pack. Another big jump isn’t likely, but with quality targets and another season of Palmer there’s nothing wrong with the status quo here.

Atlanta Falcons

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 593 4 365 7 4,365 8 29 7 13 9
2012 615 8 422 4 4,719 5 32 5 14 13
2013 658 3 444 3 4,549 4 26 11 17 19

Matt Ryan’s productivity remained stable despite Julio Jones’ injury issues. Now Jones returns, though Ryan will have to adjust to not having the security blanket of Tony Gonzalez around. While Ryan remains outside the velvet ropes of the elite quarterbacks, he’s at least on the list to get into the club and mingle with the party people.

Baltimore Ravens

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 543 18 313 17 3,628 19 20 18 12 5
2012 560 15 334 15 3,996 14 22 20 11 6
2013 619 8 363 13 3,914 19 19 26 23 31

The falloff of Baltimore’s ground game forced Joe Flacco to throw more, but the results weren’t necessarily positive; in fact, passing yards and TDs declined while interceptions more than doubled. That’s probably not what the Ravens were looking for when they gave Flacco $120 million last season, and now he’ll be working in a different sort of offense that may not play to Flacco’s big arm. Few if any are buying Flacco as anything more than fantasy filler, and there’s little to suggest that’s the wrong approach.

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Buffalo Bills

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 577 10 356 10 3,857 16 24 10 24 29
2012 510 23 309 23 3,430 25 24 15 16 18
2013 522 24 299 26 3,373 28 16 30 15 16

(Improving) (Camp Watch) First-round pick E.J. Manuel wasn’t the immediate solution, but given all the moving parts—new quarterback, new system, young receivers—and the fact that Buffalo at its core remains a run-first team it’s too early to write him off. The addition of Sammy Watkins and the possible upside Mike Williams brings to the table should help Manual move forward, though again the Bills’ preference for the ground game limits what you should expect for growth potential this season.

Carolina Panthers

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 517 23 310 18 4,051 13 21 14 17 21
2012 489 26 284 29 3,927 16 19 24 12 8
2013 473 30 292 28 3,379 27 24 18 13 13

Sans the running, Cam Newton is an ordinary quarterback with declining yardage totals each season since his rookie debut. And he’s coming off ankle surgery. It barely matters that his already wafer-thin receiving corps was winnowed even further in the offseason. If the ankle issues concern you, you’ll want to look elsewhere for your fantasy QB because at this juncture that’s all that’s propping Newton’s fantasy value up. Fun fact: after throwing for 374 yards or better in three of his first four NFL games, Newton has just four 300-yard games since—including one in his past 22 outings.

Chicago Bears

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 471 27 268 29 3,346 23 18 24 20 25
2012 485 27 287 28 3,298 28 21 22 16 18
2013 579 16 373 9 4,450 7 32 6 13 13

(Improving) As a team the Bears ranked fifth in fantasy QB production last season, though Jay Cutler and Josh McCown split the numbers. Year Two of Marc Trestman’s offense and Cutler no longer has a safety net (unless you consider Jimmy Clausen a legit safety net); what he does have is an improved line returning in front of him and a bevy of weapons returning around him. Plenty of reasons to be giddy about Cutler’s prospects this year.

Cincinnati Bengals

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 534 21 308 20 3,507 20 21 16 14 12
2012 539 21 334 16 3,734 19 27 9 16 18
2013 586 13 363 14 4,296 11 33 3 20 25

You may be surprised to learn that Andy Dalton ranked third among quarterbacks in fantasy points per game, behind only Peyton Manning and Drew Brees and ahead of… well, everybody else. That still wasn’t enough to encourage the Bengals to give Dalton a contract extension, so there’s still something to prove. And there’s still A.J. Green, plus Tyler Eifert in his second season. The only detriment may be new OC Hue Jackson, who likes to run more frequently than his predecessor, Jay Gruden, did and last year’s Dalton numbers came in no small part thanks to career marks in attempts and completions. Still, if “something a little less than top three” is where we should expect Dalton’s numbers to fall, that’s a pretty comfortable range.

Cleveland Browns

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 570 12 320 15 3,300 24 16 27 13 9
2012 566 13 328 19 3,668 20 16 28 18 26
2013 679 1 378 5 4,361 9 25 13 19 20

(Camp Watch) No team threw more last season than the Browns, and they did so with reasonable success despite lacking star power at quarterback or WRs 2 through infinity. You can take all that info and chuck it out the window, because now the Browns have a new coach, a new offense, and a new quarterback known more for his running and off-the-field shenanigans than his passing. What they don’t have is the NFL’s leading receiver, which they did have when putting up those passing game numbers last year. If and when first-round pick Johnny Manziel unseats Brian Hoyer as the Browns’ quarterback, he’ll need to use his feet to pick up fantasy stats. Probably could have just planted red flags all around the “Cleveland Browns” header atop this blurb and saved you some time.

Dallas Cowboys

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 570 11 376 4 4,453 7 33 5 12 5
2012 658 3 434 2 4,992 3 29 6 19 28
2013 586 12 375 7 4,226 14 33 4 12 10

Tony Romo keeps on keepin’ on. Only a back injury kept him from a third straight 4,000-yard season, and he threw 28 or more TDs for the third straight year. On the plus side he has an improving offensive line and his two biggest offensive weapons—Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray—in contract years; on the down side, he’s 34 years old and coming off back surgery. Like the Cowboys themselves Romo has always been a polarizing figure, so if you hate him you have ample reason to stay away; if you’re a fan, it’s not at all difficult to talk yourself into one more season in the fantasy sun for Romo.

Denver Broncos

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 427 32 217 32 2,708 31 20 21 13 9
2012 587 10 402 6 4,671 6 37 3 11 6
2013 675 2 461 1 5,572 1 55 1 10 5

As good as Peyton Manning was in Year One after neck surgery, he was even better in Year Two. Replace Eric Decker with Emmanuel Sanders and the supporting cast is essentially the same. In fact, the biggest key might be whether or not Montee Ball holds up in pass protection like Knowshon Moreno did. In Denver, status quo at quarterback is a very good thing indeed.

Detroit Lions

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 666 1 423 2 5,071 4 41 3 16 19
2012 740 1 445 1 5,139 2 22 18 17 23
2013 634 5 371 10 4,650 3 29 8 19 20

New coach Jim Caldwell handled Peyton Manning; new OC Joe Lombardi worked with Drew Brees. Good company for Matthew Stafford, who throws the ball around as much as either of those elite QBs. In 2011 and 2012 the result was fantasy gold; last year he may have faded to silver. The Lions not only still have Calvin Johnson, they also added Golden Tate and rookie TE Eric Ebron to open things up for Megatron. So while the coaches may have changed, Detroit’s offensive philosophy—and passing-game fantasy prospects—have not.

Green Bay Packers

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 550 14 376 5 5,161 3 51 1 8 2
2012 556 16 373 8 4,315 8 39 2 8 1
2013 570 18 366 12 4,538 5 25 12 16 17

With backups pressed into duty, Scott Tolzien posted a 300-yard game and Matt Flynn threw for four TDs. So who needs Aaron Rodgers? Well, the Packers would prefer their starter stay healthy as 300 yards and multiple scores are weekly occurrences for him as opposed to career highlights for Tolzien and Flynn. Rodgers will balance three receivers in contract years against the absence of James Jones and possibly Jermichael Finley; still sounds like a win for Rodgers, the Packers, and fantasy owners.

Houston Texans

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 467 29 288 26 3,696 18 20 17 9 3
2012 554 18 354 11 4,046 12 22 19 13 10
2013 633 6 371 11 4,183 15 19 25 22 28

The numbers don’t look bad for Houston quarterbacks… until you get to the “INT” column, which was a disaster and ultimately cost Matt Schaub his job. New coach, new quarterback for the Texans in 2014, and while Bill O’Brien is a quarterback guy the prospects of Ryan Fitzpatrick helming this team don’t exactly set fantasy pulses on “throb”. Throw an unhappy Andre Johnson on top of the pile and you’re better off waiting for O’Brien to develop Tom Savage somewhere down the road.

Indianapolis Colts

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 534 20 302 22 3,223 29 14 29 14 12
2012 627 6 339 12 4,374 7 23 16 18 26
2013 582 15 350 18 3,952 18 23 19 10 5

To this point Andrew Luck has been limited primarily by his own offensive coordinator, salvaging fantasy value thanks to the seventh-most rushing yards among quarterbacks and the second-most rushing scores. There are whispers that Pep Hamilton will unshackle Luck this season, allowing him to throw more rather than force-feeding a ground game that has yet to develop. Pushing Luck back into the top 10 in passing attempts bodes well for his fantasy prospects, as does the return of Reggie Wayne and the addition of Hakeem Nicks.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 469 28 240 31 2,510 32 12 31 15 17
2012 586 11 328 18 3,746 17 20 23 17 23
2013 589 11 347 19 3,722 21 14 31 21 27

With the Jags in perpetual rebuilding mode, the plan is to let Blake Bortles learn by holding a clipboard in 2014. That leaves Chad Henne at the helm, which fantasy-wise is the definition of “meh”. Henne won’t have suspended wideout Justin Blackmon; instead he’ll have Cecil Shorts in a contract year while breaking in a pair of high-round rookies. It’s the familiar cry of “potential” in Jacksonville, but at this point it’s best you let them learn on someone else’s fantasy dime.

Kansas City Chiefs

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 500 26 299 23 3,288 25 13 30 18 23
2012 474 29 273 30 2,937 31 8 32 20 31
2013 546 21 333 20 3,561 25 24 17 8 1

Andy Reid sparked the Chiefs to throw, though Alex Smith wasn’t exactly bombing away. Nonetheless, passing numbers were up across the board in KC, moving from abysmal to just below average. Now Smith operates behind a rebuilt offensive line with no additions to a receiving corps that was bottom-of-the-barrel talent-wise last year. There’s something to be said for the volume Reid brings, but it still isn’t enough to move Smith and the Chiefs’ passing game beyond mediocre.

Miami Dolphins

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 443 31 263 30 3,258 27 20 19 12 5
2012 503 24 293 25 3,425 26 13 30 13 10
2013 594 10 357 16 3,966 17 24 16 19 20

(Improving) (Camp Watch) Miami had 99 problems last season but Ryan Tannehill wasn’t one of them as his numbers perked up across the board. Now he’ll have a rebuilt offensive line (once all the pieces are healthy), but more importantly he’ll have a new offense with, if new OC Bill Lazor has his way, much of the same speed and pizzazz that sparked Nick Foles to fantasy success last season. There are still plenty of moving parts in Miami that have yet to fall fully into place, and it’s a pity the athletic Tannehill isn’t bringing more to the table as a runner, but bottom line is there is plenty of upside to the Dolphins’ passing game.

Minnesota Vikings

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 510 24 286 27 3,255 28 20 20 17 21
2012 483 28 300 24 2,935 32 18 26 12 8
2013 546 20 325 23 3,645 23 18 28 19 20

(Improving) (Camp Watch) The Vikings haven’t finished in the top half of the league in a meaningful positive passing game statistical category since the days of Brett Favre. Tough to expect that to change overnight, especially with Adrian Peterson still the driving force of this offense. However, if the Teddy Bridgewater era dawns in training camp instead of midseason (or 2015), there are more than enough weapons for Norv Turner to add some passing prowess to Minnesota’s traditional heavy dollop of the ground game.

New England Patriots

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 612 3 402 3 5,261 2 39 4 12 5
2012 641 4 402 5 4,844 4 34 4 9 4
2013 628 7 380 4 4,343 10 25 14 11 7

Injuries, law enforcement and the Patriots’ front office gutted Tom Brady’s receiving corps, but aside from a 33% drop in touchdowns you couldn’t tell from the stats. New England did nothing in the offseason to upgrade Brady’s bunch of pass catchers, aside from hope guys like Danny Amendola and Aaron Dobson got healthy. Brady is 36 now, so it’s probable his best football is behind him. At least the decline looks like it will be slow.

New Orleans Saints

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 662 2 472 1 5,505 1 46 2 14 12
2012 671 2 423 3 5,187 1 43 1 19 28
2013 651 4 446 2 5,162 2 39 2 12 10

Now that Drew Brees’ biggest offseason scare—the Jimmy Graham contract situation—has been addressed, he can settle in for another year of top-five passing game numbers. As an added bonus, the Saints spent a first-round pick on speedy Brandin Cooks to give Brees yet another weapon to taunt opposing defenses with. As bankable as any fantasy commodity, Brees looks to be status quo for 2014—and that’s a very good thing, indeed.

New York Giants

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 589 6 359 9 4,933 5 29 6 16 19
2012 539 20 323 20 3,967 15 26 10 15 15
2013 567 19 325 22 3,875 20 18 27 29 32

(Camp Watch) In his 10th NFL season, Eli Manning will get a brand new offense courtesy of new OC Ben McAdoo. It’ll be a radical departure from what Eli is used to running, though given the results of the past two seasons that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The key will be how Manning adapts to the short, accurate passes required in McAdoo’s scheme. If he can consistently hit speedsters like Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham, Jr. in stride we’ll see a resurgent Giants’ passing game. If not… well, how long until Ryan Nassib is ready?

New York Jets

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 546 17 309 19 3,501 21 26 9 18 23
2012 492 25 271 31 3,136 30 14 29 19 28
2013 474 29 263 31 3,202 31 13 32 22 28

(Camp Watch) Butt Fumble is in the past, Geno Smith is (hopefully) the future, and Michael Vick is on the roster just to keep things interesting. The Jets’ passing game has been scraping the bottom of the barrel for the past couple of seasons, and while they upgraded their receiving corps with the free agency addition of Eric Decker they’re still slated to be a run-first team. There’s fantasy intrigue here if Vick wins the job outright in camp and brings some rushing production to the table, but other than that it’s another good year for fantasy owners to avoid the Jets’ passing game

Oakland Raiders

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 521 22 314 16 4,084 12 19 22 23 27
2012 628 5 375 7 4,288 9 24 13 16 18
2013 517 25 296 27 3,591 24 16 29 20 25

(Camp Watch) Matt Schaub can’t be any worse than what the Raiders trotted out last season en route to bottom-feeder finishes in every passing game category of note. Unfortunately, he isn’t likely to be much better, as the addition of James Jones is offset by a gutted offensive line that will struggle to provide time for Schaub to find anyone down the field. All Schaub has to do is keep the seat warm for second-round pick Derek Carr; Oakland hopes he’s able to do that for a year, one in which fantasy owners can largely stay away from the Raiders’ passing game.

Philadelphia Eagles

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 553 13 330 14 4,276 10 22 11 25 32
2012 618 7 367 9 4,075 11 18 25 15 15
2013 507 27 310 24 4,406 8 32 7 9 3

(Improving) The transition from Andy Reid’s volume passing approach to Chip Kelly’s high-octane scheme meant a drop in attempts and completions, yet yardage and touchdowns went up as Nick Foles emerged last season. Year Two means a better comprehension of the offense and no Michael Vick looking over Foles’ shoulder. Add the return of a healthy Jeremy Maclin and rookies Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff to replace DeSean Jackson and the future is extremely bright for Foles and Philly.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 537 19 339 13 4,285 9 21 13 15 17
2012 572 12 354 10 4,012 13 27 8 13 10
2013 584 14 375 8 4,261 13 28 9 14 15

The Steelers changed offensive coordinators and shuffled their receiving corps, and yet the Pittsburgh passing game still finished right around where it usually does—not too high, but certainly not low enough to hurt your fantasy numbers. Ben Roethlisberger will oversee a full season of Le’Veon Bell as well as the addition of LeGarrette Blount, so the gut reaction is to anticipate a little more ground work in Pittsburgh. Still, with Lance Moore and rookie Martavis Bryant replacing the departed Emmanuel Sanders Big Ben has more than enough to work with for yet another good not great season.

San Diego Chargers

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 582 9 366 6 4,624 6 27 8 20 25
2012 527 22 338 13 3,606 22 26 11 15 15
2013 544 22 378 6 4,478 6 32 5 11 7

After dipping below typical levels in 2012, Philip Rivers and the San Diego passing game bounced back last season to top-six finishes in completions, yardage, and touchdowns. Rookie Keenan Allen had plenty to do with the resurgence, and he and the rest of the Chargers’ receiving corps return intact. Frank Reich steps up to call the plays, and there’s no reason to think he’ll remain on the same page as Rivers. In other words, no change is good news.

San Francisco 49ers

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 450 30 276 28 3,179 30 17 26 5 1
2012 436 31 289 27 3,551 24 23 17 8 1
2013 417 32 244 32 3,210 30 21 22 8 1

While there’s no question the Niners are a run-first team, with wunderkind Colin Kaepernick taking over at quarterback we were kind of expecting… well, more. Instead, we got much of the same as San Francisco passing game ranked last in attempts and completions, 30th in yards, and 22nd in touchdowns. At least Kaepernick salvaged fantasy value with top-five finishes among QBs in rushing yards and rushing scores, but ultimately he was far more average than dynamic. An improved receiving corps and an aging ground game could push the Niners to throw at least a little more, but don’t hold your breath. For Kaepernick to be anything more than an adequate fantasy quarterback he’ll need to run significantly more, and last year’s numbers suggest Jim Harbaugh is keeping that leash taut.

Seattle Seahawks

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 506 25 298 24 3,389 22 15 28 14 12
2012 402 32 257 32 3,186 29 26 12 10 5
2013 420 31 267 30 3,508 26 27 10 9 3

It’s fortunate for fantasy owners that Russell Wilson is efficient, turning the second-fewest passing attempts into 26 touchdowns last year. Wilson also added the third-most rushing yards for a QB, though with Marshawn Lynch at his disposal Wilson only swiped one rushing score. As such he was an efficient but unspectacular fantasy quarterback. And with Seattle still sporting a formidable defense and solid ground game, there’s little reason to think Wilson will be asked to do more this year.

St. Louis Rams

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 547 16 292 25 3,258 26 9 32 9 3
2012 554 17 329 17 3,741 18 21 21 14 13
2013 504 28 301 25 3,360 29 22 21 11 7

Sam Bradford actually wasn’t half bad in the seven games he played before going down with an injury, with a fantasy points per game mark that pegged him as a fringe fantasy starter. This is a make-or-break year for Bradford, and while the only move St. Louis made to upgrade his receiving corps was the addition of Kenny Britt there’s still plenty of talent at his disposal. We’ve been waiting for it all to come together, and if it does—a healthy Bradford, a productive Tavon Austin, a rejuvenated Britt—there’s fantasy gold here. But it’s not exactly bankable gold; more like bonus gold you shouldn’t count on but is nice to have stashed away just in case.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 587 7 365 8 3,838 17 17 25 24 29
2012 565 14 310 22 4,116 10 27 7 17 23
2013 510 26 290 29 3,179 32 21 23 12 10

(Improving) (Camp Watch) The Bucs seemed quick to bail on Josh Freeman coming off 4,116 yards and 27 touchdowns, but ultimately they were proven right by Freeman’s freefall through multiple NFL rosters and Mike Glennon’s solid performance. But Tampa Bay didn’t bring in Lovie Smith for the status quo, so they hope the offseason addition of Josh McCown gives them a “Chicago South” look with McCown throwing to a tall trio of targets in Vincent Jackson and rookies Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. New OC Jeff Tedford is a bit of an unknown, at least at the pro level, but all the pieces are here for a dramatic improvement over last season’s bottom-feeding numbers.

Tennessee Titans

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 584 8 353 11 4,113 11 22 12 14 12
2012 540 19 318 21 3,577 23 17 27 16 18
2013 533 23 328 21 3,710 22 22 20 16 17

(Camp Watch) The Titans have yet to extend Jake Locker’s rookie contract—not that he’s given them much reason to. Zack Mettenberger looms as a potential quarterback of the future, while Charlie Whitehurst is on roster to back up Locker in the short term. That’s not a lot of quarterback to believe in, though in Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter the Titans have some intriguing young wide receiver talent—not to mention new coach Ken Whisenhunt, who’s been known to throw the ball around a bit. It’s worth checking in during training camp to see how the pieces—especially Locker and Whisenhunt—are coming together, but keep expectations in check for the time being.

Washington Redskins

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2011 590 5 345 12 4,009 14 18 23 24 29
2012 441 30 291 26 3,666 21 24 14 8 1
2013 611 9 355 17 4,057 16 20 24 19 20

(Improving) (Camp Watch) Even without a single rushing touchdown last year, Robert Griffin III ranked 12th—fantasy starter worthy—in fantasy points per game among quarterbacks. Now he’ll add DeSean Jackson, the kind of deep threat he loved to throw to in college, as well as pass-happy coach Jay Gruden. Anything RG3 does on the ground is a bonus, and right now his passing game prospects look pretty good as well.

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