Quarterback is one of the most important positions on the football field. In many instances it can decide what direction your franchise will go in for the next couple of years and beyond. The Buffalo Bills have their guy in Josh Allen after signing him to a mega extension. Meanwhile the other three teams in the division are going through some speed bumps, which we’ll address in this week’s AFC East Roundup.
Starting off in Buffalo, there were some concerns beginning to pop up about the Josh Allen’s performances to start the season. After two games it appeared Allen didn’t seem to be in rhythm—potentially even staring down a slump. That was, of course, until he played the Washington Football Team in Week 3. Allen went off for 358 yards passing with four touchdowns through the air and one on the ground. This game reminded people about why the team has put complete faith in their franchise quarterback and showed how deadly the offense can be when clicking. Hopefully, this will be a sign of things to come in 2021 and Allen will go back to how he was performing throughout last season.
While Buffalo just signed their guy of the future, the New York Jets and the New England Patriots are going through some growing pains with their rookie quarterbacks. Zach Wilson’s struggles continued as his offense failed to score a single point against the Denver Broncos. Wilson finished with only 160 yards through the air and a couple of interceptions. Through three games Wilson already has thrown seven interceptions, which ranks in the bottom of the league. Wilson currently holds a QBR of only 21.9. Things weren’t easier for Mac Jones in New England who got his welcome-to-the-NFL game against the New Orleans Saints. Jones had three interceptions on the day and did not appear to look like the smart rookie in the two weeks prior. Jones also had 51 pass attempts, which I'm sure was never the plan considering the Patriots usually go with the ground-and-pound approach.
We wrap things up with the Miami Dolphins who have a quarterback conundrum on their hands. Tua Tagovailoa is currently on injured reserve with cracked ribs that will have him out for at least two more games. This was an important year for the QB as there were some doubts about him after his rookie season. His backup, Jacoby Brissett did not have a great showing against the Las Vegas Raiders, passing for only 215 yards. He also had a questionable decision throwing a screen pass in his own end zone that resulted in a safety. Additionally, you may recall there have been rumors of the Dolphins making a splash by trading for Deshaun Watson who is currently dealing with his legal troubles but time will tell.