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QB Tiers revisited: Risers, fallers and a look to the future

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Wilson makes Seahawks dangerous (1:11)

Jeff Saturday says that even without a run game and a diminished Legion of Boom, Russell Wilson is putting Seattle in a position to win as the regular season comes to a close. (1:11)

NFL quarterbacks have launched, tossed, shoveled, flipped and otherwise delivered more than 11,000 passes this season. Some QBs are rising, others are falling and a great many are what 2017 QB Tiers voters thought they were heading into the season.

Nearly four months after 50 coaches and evaluators voted all projected starters into five possible performance tiers, it's time to revisit some of the more interesting cases. I've singled out a combination of 16 risers, fallers, newcomers and players who are otherwise fun to debate right now. First, here's a refresher on each tier:

  • Tier 1: Can carry his team each week. The team wins because of him. Expertly handles pure-pass situations.

  • Tier 2: Can carry his team sometimes, but not as consistently. Can handle pure-pass situations in doses or possesses other dimensions that are special enough to elevate him above Tier 3.

  • Tier 3: A legitimate starter, but needs a heavier run game and/or defense to win.

  • Tier 4: Could be an unproven player with some upside, or a veteran who is ultimately best suited as a backup.

  • Tier 5: Should not start under any circumstances.


Three clear risers

Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams

2017 Tier: 4

Projected 2018 Tier: high 3