Biggest weak spots for every NFL starting QB: Brees’ deep ball, Baker’s pocket presence, more

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Despite what we’ve seen so far this season from Russell Wilson, no NFL quarterback is perfect (though Wilson has looked pretty close to it). Everyone has a weakness or a problem area — and plenty have more than one. Whether its accuracy, downfield throwing, taking too many sacks or something else, something stands out for all 32 starters.

Thanks to the advanced Pro Football Focus data, we are able to identify those areas in need of improvement. Utilizing the PFF play-by-play grading and everything else at our disposal, from our ball-charting and QB accuracy numbers to performance from a clean pocket, we identified the biggest weakness for every 2020 starting quarterback across the NFL.


Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Biggest weakness: High-volume games

Here’s one that should be put to the test this season. Coming into 2020, Prescott had played in 28 “high-volume” games — games in which a quarterback drops back 40 or more times — and he achieved a PFF grade of at least 80.0 only once in those, 35th out of 36 quarterbacks with at least 10 such games. So far this season, Prescott has two 80.0-plus grades in three high-volume games, so maybe there is a turnaround happening in Dallas. That said, from 2016 to 2019, the Dallas signal-caller performed better in games where he wasn’t asked to do as much, and that had always separated him from some of the other top quarterbacks around the league.

Daniel Jones, New York Giants

Biggest weakness: Turnover-worthy plays

The penchant for making big throws under pressure gets Jones into trouble, as he has the third-highest percentage of turnover-worthy plays in the league since the start of 2019, trailing only Jameis Winston and Kyle Allen. Jones is willing to take downfield shots even while getting hit, and that leads to a wide range of spectacular throws and easy interception opportunities. He must also get better at protecting the ball in the pocket, as he’s had far too many fumbles — and not just the unavoidable, strip-sack variety.

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles

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