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The Top Five Quarterbacks Under The Most Pressure

5. Kyler Murray

The fact that Kyler Murray is under significant pressure may come as a surprise to some, but the time has come for Murray to take the next step and lead the Cardinals to the playoffs. Kyler Murray was much improved at running the football last year compared to his rookie season, and there are not many quarterbacks outside of Lamar Jackson with Murray’s running ability. His passing was around the same even with the addition of Deandre Hopkins. This season, however, he has plenty of weapons to throw the ball to and a respectable defense to boot.

4. Sam Darnold

The new starting quarterback for the Carolina Panthers has a lot to prove in his first year. Darnold is now out from under the microscope that is New York City, and the Panthers have no playoff expectations this season, even with an improved defense and the return of Christian McCaffery. Darnold has to show that he can be a starting quarterback in this league now that he is no longer with the Jets. It is time for Darnold to show off why he was a third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

3. Derek Carr

Another year of Derek Carr being surrounded by speculation regarding whether this season will be his last with the Raiders. Carr had a nice season last year, going for over 4,000 passing yards and 27 touchdown passes, but the Raiders collapsed late in the season and missed the playoffs. Carr is not a horrible quarterback, but his time is running out, and he needs to start in his first career playoff game if he wants to secure his job for next year.

2. Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers wants to illustrate what the Packers will be missing out on after the season. This season will be Rodgers’ last in Green Bay, and it is his opportunity to show the league that he is one of the best quarterbacks in the league with plenty left in the tank. If he has another MVP-caliber season, Rodgers can all but pick where he wants to play next season.

1. Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz was rewarded with a 4-year, $128 million extension from the Philadelphia Eagles but was traded to the Indianapolis Colts just a few years later. Wentz is reunited with his former offense of coordinator, Frank Reich, who play-called for Wentz during his MVP-caliber season before it ended prematurely due to injury. With a great offensive line, a second-year running back in Jonathan Taylor, and some nice weapons, Wentz must cut down on the turnovers and get back to his roots of electric arm strength in 2021. Wentz could be an MVP candidate if he plays to his full potential this season, so look for the Colts to be contenders in the AFC.

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