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2018 NFL Breakout Players: QB Edition

By on July 26, 2018

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes throws a pass during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes

The Chiefs are setting Patrick Mahomes up for a breakout sophomore season and I know I’m not the only one that’s pretty hyped on Mahomes’ instant impact (see video above). He had his year to sit behind an intelligent, conservative vet; got some much needed game experience; and now has a ton of weapons to take full advantage of that cannon of an arm. The Chiefs offensive line hasn’t necessarily been a strength as of late, but they could have their best unit of the past few years in 2018 and Mahomes’ mobility should help. If Mahomes doesn’t have a breakout 2018 season, the only person he has to blame is himself because everything is in place for him to succeed. The only reservation with Mahomes as a QB1 in fantasy is that early schedule: @Chargers, @Steelers, vs 49ers, @Broncos, vs Jaguars, @Patriots. He might be an ideal option to let someone else reach on him and offer a low ball trade after a few weeks if he falters.

Bears QB Mitch Trubisky

The Bears might have won the NFL offseason for their additions via the draft and, more importantly for Mitch Trubisky, the offensive moves they made in free agency. The Bears added a legit #1 WR, another athletic receiving TE, and an explosive slot WR via free agency. The Bears also went out and got an offensive HC in Matt Nagy who stems from the QB-friendly Andy Reid coaching tree. Now it’s on Mitch Trubisky to take the next step in his development as a passer. I wasn’t a huge Trubisky fan coming out of North Carolina, and his rookie season was underwhelming, but Allen Robinson is going to make Trubisky look like an NFL stud similarly to the way he did with Christian Hackenberg at Penn State. On top of all that, the biggest move for the Bears might be addition by subtraction in letting go of John Fox. He’s got the same impact on offenses as Jeff Fisher and the training wheels should be coming off for the Bears in 2018.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) ORG XMIT: FXN108

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo

The 49ers new QB hasn’t lost a game yet and it will be interesting to see how he fares over the course of a full 16-game schedule. Now that defenses have a half season of film on him, don’t expect him to go undefeated in 2018, but his actual stats could see an improvement even if the winning percentage drops off. The weapons at Garropolo’s disposal are not that impressive on paper, but good QBs make their receivers look better and never doubt Kyle Shanahan’s genius. The 49ers could have one of the more balanced offenses in the NFL this year, but a tough early schedule could have people bailing on Jimmy G early.

HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 10: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Houston Texans signals from the line of scrimmage in the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at NRG Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Texans QB Deshaun Watson

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a seven-game stretch from any QB ever like we saw from Deshaun Watson in his rookie season. He was the distraction that we needed from all of the anthem debates when some of us just wanted to enjoy some football, and then he has the most random ACL tear imaginable in practice. He was on pace to destroy veteran passing records, let alone the rookie ones. While advances have been made in the last decade for ACL recovery, there’s still a little bit of a question if Watson will be able to return to the same level he left at. He’s one of those guys that isn’t perfect with his mechanics, so hopefully he’s able to bounce back quickly and play loose and free with it like he did last year for 16 games this year.

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