NFC South QB Power Rankings: Where does Jameis Winston land?

Leigh Oleszczak
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With Baker Mayfield’s trade to Carolina, the NFC South has a new quarterback. Where does Jameis Winston sit in the quarterback rankings in the division? 

Two teams in the NFC South have their quarterback situation for the 2022 season pretty much figured out. The New Orleans Saints are one of those teams, as Jameis Winston is set to be the starter this year.

The Buccaneers are the other team that has their QB situation figured out, leaving the Falcons and Panthers as the two that don’t. Carolina, in particular, has a messy quarterback situation, as they already had Sam Darnold and Matt Corral on their roster and then a few days ago, traded for Baker Mayfield.

The Falcons likely roll with Marcus Mariota as their starter but no one should rule out third-round pick Desmond Ridder to eventually work his way into the starting role.

Because we’re not 100% who’s starting for Atlanta and Carolina, I went ahead and ranked all four of their potential starting options. I didn’t include Matt Corral since the starting job in Carolina is probably going to either Mayfield or Darnold.

Let’s hit it!

All stats courtesy of ESPN

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6. Desmond Ridder

Out of the six eligible options to be ranked, I have Desmond Ridder bringing up the rear. The easiest reason to rank the Cincinnati product here is that we haven’t seen him take an NFL snap yet. He’s a rookie quarterback with a bad team and that’s not going to equal success early on.

Ridder was impressive during his time with the Bearcats, though, tossing for 10,239 yards, 87 touchdowns, and 28 interceptions during his four years at Cincinnati. He was also a machine running with the ball, tallying 2,180 yards and 28 t touchdowns on the ground.

Until we see Ridder in NFL action, it’s going to be hard to take him out of this bottom spot, so he sits here for now.