It wasn’t that long ago that Drew Brees, Jameis Winston, Cam Newton, and Matt Ryan quarterbacked each of the teams in the NFC South.
Last season, the Panthers decided to move on from Cam Newton whom they selected first overall in 2011. That opened the door for Teddy Bridgewater to move from New Orleans to Carolina. Newton ultimately ended up in New England because of the arrival of Tom Brady in Tampa which then relegated Winston to backup duty in New Orleans behind Brees. Matt Ryan, as of now, still remains in Atlanta.
Fast-forward a year later, the Bucs and Brady are coming off a Super Bowl victory, Winston is now the presumed starter in New Orleans following the retirement of Brees and the Panthers have already moved on from Bridgewater with Monday’s acquisition of Sam Darnold from the Jets.
2019 NFC South Starting QBs
2021 Projected NFC South Starting QBs
Buccaneers –Jameis Winston
Buccaneers –Tom Brady
Saints – Drew Brees
Saints –Jameis Winston
Falcons – Matt Ryan
Falcons – Matt Ryan
Brady, of course, is the only sure-thing heading in 2021. Ryan would likely be included in that, however, with the fourth overall pick, the Falcons could once again turn the QB carousel upside down with a pick spent on one of the top quarterbacks. Darnold as all the talent in the world and getting out from under Adam Gase and now the Jets organization could be the best thing for the young signal-caller. A reunion with Robbie Anderson will help the transition as well.
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With the return of their starters, the Bucs and Brady will be heavily favored to win the division. In the post-Brees era, the Saints have many questions with the largest being the play of former Buc, Jameis Winston. The arrival of Darnold makes the Panthers better, assuming the change of scenery helps the former third overall pick.