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By Marc Lawrence – ‘The Athletic’ did a study on the offensive support NFL teams provide their quarterbacks while pinpointing exactly how it can be a sensitive subject. The Green Bay Packers decision to draft a quarterback in the first round without securing receiver help for Aaron Rodgers set off alarms. Tom Brady’s departure from the New England Patriots to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers compels us partly because Brady might fare better with his new team s superior receiving talent. As the Dallas Cowboys work toward a new contract for Dak Prescott, skeptics question how the quarterback would fare without so many Pro Bowlers surrounding him on offense. Elsewhere, under-talented teams such as the New York Jets simply want to give their young QBs a chance. Disparities in quarterback support by ranking the 32 teams by how many starts they have received over the past four seasons from Pro Bowl players at running back, wide receiver, tight end and offensive line. Surprisingly, Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has benefitted the most with 235 of 640 possible starts (37%) that were made between 2016-2019 by positional offensive players that made the Pro Bowl. The gaps vary widely between teams, including five such teams that had zero percent starts. For a complete breakdown of how each of the 32 NFL teams adorned their quarterbacks, click here.

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When the Dallas Cowboys fired Jason Garrett as its head coach at the conclusion of last season, the NY Giants hired him immediately as its offensive coordinator. With it, Garrett brings the Cowboys playbook to the Big Apple and it figures to benefit QB Daniel Jones the most, as the G-Men will be running the Dallas offense for new head coach Joe Judge now. “There are going to be some similarities carried over from that,” said Judge. Look for the games between these two division rivals to be more of a chess match than track meets this season.

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From the 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine: Jimmy Lake has taken over the Washington Huskies for Chris Peterson, who shocked everyone with his resignation after last season. One of Lake’s first jobs is finding a replacement at quarterback for Jacob Eason, who left after playing just one season, following his transfer from Georgia. “It’s going to be more easy for a younger player to come in and play right away, the way this system is laid out,” insists Lake. The problem is the Huskies will also be missing their leading rusher and two top receivers along with several offensive linemen. To top it off, UDub might have the hardest slate in the PAC-12 with Oregon, Utah, USC, Cal and Washington on the road and just four home games.

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