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Jameis Winston Tampa Bay

Age: 23

Drafted: 2015 with first overall pick out of Florida State

Record: 6-10 as a starter during his rookie season, 11-12 since. The Bucs are last in the NFC South this season at 2-5.

ESPN Total QBR: 40.8 (24th)

Noteworthy: Bucs are 29th in total defense. Winston suffered an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder at Arizona on Oct. 15.

Marcus Mariota Tennessee

Age: 24

Drafted: 2015 with second overall pick out of Oregon

Record: 3-9 as a starter during his rookie season, 12-9 since. The Titans lead the AFC South this season at 4-3.

ESPN Total QBR: 58.3 (11th)

Noteworthy: The Titans are averaging 124.6 rushing yards per game, which ranks eighth.

Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams

Age: 23

Drafted: 2016 with first overall pick out of California

Record: Rams are 5-2 this season, tied with Seahawks atop the NFC West (Seattle owns tiebreaker with 16-10 win in Week 5).

ESPN Total QBR: 52.7 (15th)

Noteworthy: Goff benefited from the change of head coaches and the arrival of Sean McVay.e_SClBCarson Wentz Philadelphia

Age: 24

Drafted: 2016 with No. 2 overall pick out of North Dakota State

Record: Eagles are 7-1 this season, the league’s best record.

ESPN Total QBR: 70.8 (third)

Noteworthy: Wentz has help. The Eagles are averaging 129.3 rushing yards per game, which ranks fifth in the league. They are 10th in scoring defense.

Dak Prescott Dallas

Age: 24

Drafted: 2016 with 13th overall pick (fourth round) out of Mississippi State.

Record: Cowboys are 17-6 in his two seasons

ESPN Total QBR: 74.0 (second)

Noteworthy: Cowboys are averaging 150.6 rushing yards per game, which ranks second in the league.

Deshaun Watson Houston

Age: 22.

Drafted: 2017 with 12th overall pick out of Clemson

Record: 3-3 as a starter

ESPN Total QBR: 81.9 (first)

Noteworthy: Watson, who passed for 400 yards and four touchdowns in a loss at Seattle last week, suffered a season-ending knee injury during practice Thursday.

Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

     
 
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