Welcome to the second article in the Sports Unbiased 2014/2015 NFL predictions series. This article will focus on the quarterbacks, receivers, and running backs. Each writer that participated was given a task. That task was to use whatever metrics, genies, or other means of evaluation at their disposal to come up with a predicted top quarterback, receiver, and running back in the NFL. Those results were put together and you can find them below. The following writers weighed in-Brian Reese, Jared Cortes, John Yeomans, Jason Culley, and Chris Markham. Each member of the staff that participated did so without contact from others. If you have not reviewed the first article in this series, you can check it out by clicking NFL 2014/2015 Predictions- Divisions, Playoffs, Super Bowl and Awards. Let’s get to it.
Who will be the best QB in the NFL in 2014/2015?
Brian Reese: Andrew Luck – The 2012 NFL draft produced three polarizing quarterbacks, but much of the talk has been dominated by the young quarterbacks in Washington and Seattle. This season, Andrew Luck will separate himself from both players and rank among the best in the NFL. He had a bit of a breakout season last year, but I fully believe we have yet to see the best of Andrew Luck. He brings the offensive savvy mind of Payton Manning with the grit and toughness of Big Ben. With an offense of multiple weapons, he will be able to pick apart defenses all season long.
Jared Cortes: Peyton Manning – As much as I want to go with Aaron Rodgers here in what I believe will be an amazing comeback season for him, I have to choose Peyton Manning. The loss of Eric Decker seemed worrisome for a moment before the Broncos pulled in Emmanuel Sanders to replace him. A hopefully healthier Wes Welker and an established Julius Thomas will aid Peyton in what will likely be another historic season.
Chris Markham: Aaron Rodgers – Aaron Rodgers showed what he is capable of late last season after returning from injury. I believe he will carry over that momentum into 2014 with an MVP performance. Rodgers won’t put up Peyton-like numbers, but I believe he is going to will the Packers to an 11-5 record and a division title.
John Yeomans: Aaron Rodgers – Aaron Rodgers has been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league boasting a 111.8 quarterback rating, while completing 67.3 of his passes, for the last three seasons. With Packers running back, Eddie Lacy showing promise in his rookie year totaling over 1,000 yards and racking up 11 touchdowns, Green Bay finally has that running back that can complement A-Rod. To go along with his arsenal of offensive weapons in Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, an emerging Jarrett Boykin, and new addition rookie Davante Adams, Rodgers should be in store for another illustrious season.
Jason Culley: Andrew Luck – Andrew Luck is entering his third season as a quarterback in the National Football League and is already one of the premiere quarterbacks in the league. In 2013, Luck reduced his interceptions by 50 percent, from 18 to nine and raised his completion percentage from 54.1 percent to 60.2 percent. His passing yards were down in 2013, but expect them to be closer to his rookie season total of 4,374 in 2014.