Newton had to deal with injuries and a depleted squad. Wentz had an off-year, which may have been because he had backup quarterback Jalen Hurts breathing down his back, which put pressure on him. And Stafford also had to deal with injuries and a lack of offensive talent on the Detroit Lions.
But which quarterback has the best chance of making a comeback this season?
Trade breathes new life into Stafford
The biggest trade this offseason had to be the blockbuster deal between the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams, who literally just traded quarterbacks. Stafford was sent to LA while the Rams sent 2016 first-rounder Jared Goff to the Lions.
It was a trade that both quarterbacks needed. Stafford, 33, wasn’t going to win a Super Bowl quarterbacking the Lions. With the Rams, he is surrounded by better talent and better coaching, which should give him a great chance to compete for not only a playoff spot but a Super Bowl title.
The biggest question coming into this season is whether Stafford can stay healthy. He needs to if the Rams want to make any kind of run.
Wentz doesn’t have to look over his shoulder any more
All last season, Wentz had Jalen Hurts looking over his shoulders as he tried to lead the Philadelphia Eagles back to the playoffs. Wentz struggled a lot last year and wanted out of Philly. It was quite obvious that the Eagles had given up on him.
Rather than have him sit behind Hurts and wait his turn, the Eagles did him a favor and traded him to the Indianapolis Colts, where hopefully he has a whole new outlook.
The key to Wentz getting back on track is regaining his confidence. That might be easier said than done, but in this situation, he doesn’t have someone looking over his shoulder ready to take his job — at least for now.
Newton seeks to become Superman again
Out of all these quarterbacks, Newton probably has the most to prove because of the horrible season he had last year.
When the New England Patriots signed Newton, they thought they were going to get the MVP version. What they got was the often-injured former MVP.
At his best, Newton was the most dangerous man on the field. But have age and injuries finally caught up to him?
The Patriots seem to think so. They selected Mac Jones in the 2021 draft to eventually take Newton’s place.
Now when and if that happens is up to him. Newton seems to think he still has some gas in his tank, but Superman better show up soon because for now, all the Pats have is Clark Kent.
All these quarterbacks have a chance to bounce back, but do they have the pieces surrounding them to complete their comebacks?