For the past three seasons, a young Quarterback has come out of nowhere to have a breakout season.
In 2019, Lamar Jackson won the NFL MVP award and took the league by storm. In 2018, Patrick Mahomes threw for 50 Touchdowns and won the MVP. And in 2017, Carson Wentz led the Eagles to the 1st seed before his injury against the Rams in December.
So what about 2020? There are two prime candidates that I have in mind that could continue this streak of young breakout Quarterbacks, so let’s take a deeper look.
First is Kyler Murray, who had a decent rookie year, racking up over 20 passing touchdowns and over 4000 all-purpose yards. He is a prime candidate for a breakout season because he is a part of Kliff Kingsbury’s prolific Air Raid offense, where Quarterbacks are destined to succeed under a high-profile passing offense that stretches the field very well.
Murray, a former #1 overall pick, can succeed through the pass and the run, which is why he is getting the Lamar Jackson comparisons. Murray was a part of one of the fastest-paced offenses and was the #7 ranked in QB ahead of Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes. It’s pretty clear that Murray is poised for a breakout.
The other player that I think will breakout in 2020 is Denver Broncos QB Drew Lock. The former Mizzou QB only played 5 games in 2019, but he did a lot with a rough supporting cast.
He lacked a good receiving core (excluding Courtland Sutton) and he had a bad coaching staff including Rich Scangarello (offensive coordinator). However, he looked very good on the field, leading Denver to a 4-1 record. Lock quietly dominated teams in 2019, and everything is looking up for the Broncos and their new franchise QB.
Between the offseason hiring of Pat Shurmur, who elevated Case Keenum and Daniel Jones, as well as the Broncos’ rumored pick of a receiver in the upcoming draft; Lock will have all the pieces to break out.
Overall, it’s looking like a 2nd year QB will take the league by storm. Now, it’s time to sit back, relax, and watch the 2020 season unfold.