- Derek Carr, OAK:
Derek Carr’s rookie season was impressive, but not to the point where one could expect him to breakout as a sophomore in the NFL. That mindset changed once the Raiders selected WR Amari Cooper in this year’s draft and signed veteran wideout Michael Crabtree. With significant upgrades in his wide receiver corps, Carr’s job has become much easier. Instead of being forced to work with mediocre talents in Andre Holmes and Rod Streater, Derek Carr can now look to his new targets to make big plays for him. Carr can be considered a high-end QB2 currently, with the potential to be a QB1 towards the end of the season.
- Blake Bortles, JAC:
Blake Bortles did not have a stellar rookie season in 2014, but he has proven recently that he has grown and matured as an NFL quarterback. After struggling against a stout Panthers defense during Week 1, Bortles came back and put up 273 yards, 2 TDs and 0 interceptions on 18 completions in a surprising win against the Miami Dolphins. Bortles showed great chemistry with second-year wideout Allen Robinson, as the two connected for 155 yards and 2 TDs against Carolina on six receptions. Blake Bortles will also get another strong target in Julius Thomas in a few weeks back from his hand injury, giving him someone to look toward when in red-zone situations. Expect Bortles to be a middle-of-the-pack QB2 with major upside, especially once Julius Thomas returns to the starting lineup.
- Jameis Winston, TB:
Jameis Winston has not been spectacular in his first two NFL games, but his level of play will rise in weeks to come. His production should increase heavily with the implementing of WR Mike Evans into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense. Winston has only had veteran WR Vincent Jackson to turn to thus far, and a less-than-100% Mike Evans in Week 2. Now that his hamstring has fully healed, his pitch count will be reduced, and he can be counted on to make big plays for the rookie QB in games moving forward. While gaining NFL experience, and working with stud WRs in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, Jameis Winston should be considered a QB2 with upside as the season progresses.