NFL quarterback stats and what they tell us about 2022 NFL QBs

Advanced statistics are not for everyone. Let’s dial in some more traditional metrics to see how last year’s quarterbacks compare. Here’s what each category means:

Passer ranking: A formula based on pass attempts, completions, passing yards, touchdowns, and interceptions to create a comprehensive – albeit limited – view of a quarterback’s overall effectiveness.

QBR: ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating. This takes into account the elements of traditional passer ratings while adding elements that consider rushing, sacks, penalties, and touchdowns and turnovers.

Adj. net yards/attempt: Adjusted yards gained per pass attempt, which takes into account both touchdowns and interceptions to create a more complete view of a passer’s impact.

Yards/game: passing yards per game.

Cmp %: Completion rate.

Again, we’re only measuring these players against their 2020 levels of play. In terms of passer rating and QBR, the median starting quarterback has actually gotten worse in 2021 compared to the season of empty stadiums from the previous year.

Biggest improvement: Carson Wentz

OKAY. Good luck, commanders. Sorry these stats don’t count “games lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars with a playoff spot on the line.”

The biggest improvement that actually mattered:Joe Burrow

Burrow threw fewer times per game and racked up more passing yards every Sunday in the process. It deserves credit for its development. The Bengals deserve credit for surrounding him with players like Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd.

Keep an eye on: Kyler Murray

Murray was playing the best football of his career before the Cardinals’ annual late-season collapse under Kliff Kingsbury. He will have to sustain that growth without DeAndre Hopkins for the first six games of the season while suspended on a PED. Newly acquired Marquise “Hollywood” Brown will serve as Murray’s new WR1 during this time.

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