5 NFL teams who will have new starting quarterbacks in 2021

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Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. . 1.. AFC East. New York Jets. player. 30

Just because it’s obvious doesn’t mean it’s not true. The Jets are heading for 0-16, and Trevor Lawrence can starting considering how he’ll look in green when he’s taken No. 1 by them in April.

The new head coach who takes Adam Gase’s place will have an opinion on Sam Darnold, good or bad, but as he plays out the final four games this season (perhaps still with a bum throwing shoulder) he’s got one foot out the door. The Jets won’t be picking up his fifth-year option for 2022, and there should be some trade suitors one way or another.

Joe Flacco was brought in as the veteran backup for Darnold last offseason, and he’ll be continuing his career elsewhere (if anywhere else will have him) next year. Rookie fourth-round pick James Morgan is a wild card who rose some leading up to last April’s draft, but he’s not going to be a starting option over Lawrence or any other premium quarterback prospect who may cross the Jets’ bow pre-draft.

The Jets will be trying it again with another young quarterback in 2021. It’s just a matter of who it is, even if Lawrence feels inevitable. If Lawrence isn’t the starter out of the gate, a different veteran will be the placeholder.

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