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AFC East Position Comparison: Quarterbacks

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With free agency winding down and the draft still a month away, we are going to take a look through the AFC East, comparing, and ranking, each position. Where else would we start but the quarterback position?

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Starting today, we will look at the rosters of the AFC East, comparing and ranking the players by position among all four division teams. Where else would we start but the quarterback position.

1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots - There's no doubt who the top quarterback in the division is, even at age 35. Brady is one of the top quarterbacks in the league every year, and nothing seems to suggest that's going to change in the next few years.

2012 Stats:

Games Starts Record Att Comp Comp % Yds TDs INTs Rate
16 16 12-4 637 401 63.0 4,827 34 8 98.7

2. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins - Miami believes they have finally solidified the quarterback position after the 1999 retirement of Dan Marino. Tannehill played well last year, but was overshadowed by other rookie quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Russel Wilson. The Dolphins have added pass catchers this year, so it will be up to Tannehill to take the next step, and start pushing towards the top position in the division.

2012 Stats:

Games Starts Record Att Comp Comp % Yds TDs INTs Rate
16 16 7-9 484 282 58.3 3,294 12 13 76.1

3. Mark Sanchez, New York Jets - There is a big gap between position two and position three right now in the AFC quarterback rankings. There's nothing to assure Sanchez of even being the Jets starter in 2013, except that Rex Ryan is still the head coach. The team currently has David Garrard, Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy, and Matt Simms on the roster, along with Sanchez, and reports are that the team is also considering drafting West Virginia's Geno Smith in April.

2012 Stats:

Games Starts Record Att Comp Comp % Yds TDs INTs Rate
15 15 6-9 453 246 54.3 2,883 13 18 66.9

4. Tarvaris Jackson, Buffalo Bills - Of course, the Bills will get the first shot at Smith in the draft, and could very well take him. They released last year's starter, Ryan Fitzpatrick, who then signed with the Tennessee Titans. That leaves the Bills with Jackson, Aaron Corp, and a wide receiver/quarterback in Brad Smith. Something with the position will have to change in Buffalo if they want to get out of the Jadeveon Cloweny race for next year.

2012 Stats:

Games Starts Record Att Comp Comp % Yds TDs INTs Rate
1 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0