Top 10 Black Quarterbacks Entering NFL Week 1

Brothers are balling in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season.

1. Russell Wilson 

The only African-American quarterback to reach back-to-back Super Bowls and one of two Black QBs to ever win a Lombardi Trophy (shoutout to Doug Williams), Wilson continues to blossom as a passer despite a lack of weapons and a weakened defense.  The four-time Pro Bowler threw a League-high 34 TD passes last season to a band of receivers that couldn’t equal Antonio Brown if you put them into one person.

Parker Lewis on Twitter

The best part of Russell Wilson’s NFL Top 100 highlight package is this throw vs the Colts. Great camerawork on an insane throw. https://t.co/HQ5QbkD61C

Wilson is neck and neck with Michael Vick for most elusive QB in NFL history. His combination of leadership, talents and his ability to hold down a marriage with singer Ciara puts DangeRuss at the top of this list.

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Babe @DangeRussWilson We Are Soooo Proud Of You! @WheatiesCereal #BreakfastOfChampions https://t.co/qsgvL1eN0Y

 

2. Cam NewtonCam Newton is probably the most popular player in the NFL and hes one of the more captivating personalities. Sometimes his honesty and attempts to be comical or witty, get him into trouble with the social media mosh pit, but overall he has carried this Carolina Panthers franchise on his back since his arrival in 2011.

ProFootballTalk on Twitter

Cam Newton: We don’t know what we have yet https://t.co/MKIVk5O1WJ

Its no secret that the Panthers have failed to surround Newton with any other special players. Just critics and Butterfinger boys.

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Cam Newton saw Kelvin Benjamin talking spicy about him so it seemed he wanted to have a little talk about things. https://t.co/aec3yZqtzl

Its been Cam Newton or bust for the most part and the emphasis on his performance has led to increased and overstated criticism about his accuracy, his consistency as a pocket passer, his reliance on his legs and at times, even his character. Some see Cam as a player on the decline, but as KRS once said, We’re not done…We’re not done

Cam led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50 and he is the toughest SOB toting cleats. Expect him to have a rebound season. Probably his best since his 2015 MVP campaign.

3. Jameis Winston — The “demise of Jameis Winston” or the implication that he is somehow a bust or in danger of losing his starting job is absurd and a direct result of his recurring issues with his improper treatment of women. the talented QB’s sexist decorum has resulted in a decrease in popularity, value to the NFL and trust from his organization and teammates.

Around The NFL on Twitter

Bucs GM Jason Licht: Jameis Winston not guaranteed to reclaim starting job in Week 4 https://t.co/XGfxmO4bbN

Winstons current three-game suspension for wilding out on an Uber driver and later blacking out on the details when discussing the situation with NFL investigators doesn’t help his public image at all, but it doesn’t hurt his ranking.

What Winston has worked in his favor is the fact that he’s just in his third year and has already thrown for over 4,000 yards twice. He has uncanny skills when it comes to pocket poise and vision. He’s also an undeniable leader on the field. If he can get his maturity level to reach his talent then Tampa Bay can start taking off.

4. DeShaun Watson — Watsons six-game historical audition that ended with a torn ACL in practice is still fresh on the minds of Texans fans. If Watson returns as the same player he was in his short-circuited rookie season, then he could swiftly move up this list. The Patriots are a tough Game 1 opponent for any team.

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Deshaun Watson will be a problem for the Pats in Week 1

NFL defenses are ready for him now and he has to prove all over again that he’s ready for the responsibility of helping the Houston Texans take over pro football in that state.

5. Tyrod Taylor — How many times can we say it? He’s not a QB that’s going to leave you breathless, but he protects the ball. He can lead drives and orchestrate runs to the playoffs.

Virginia Tech Football on Twitter

IT’S TYROD TIME IN CLEVELAND – PART 2 “As a quarterback, you’re a leader. But there are different ways to lead.” – @TyrodTaylor Watch T2 leading his team on the practice field. Excellent via @Browns + @WEWS #Hokies https://t.co/B8fLfHfkkQ

Hes also a super productive rusher when he tucks and jets. Taylor is the perfect candidate to teach No. 1 overall pick, Baker Mayfield, how to be an NFL pro and also lead the first phase of a Cleveland Browns resurgence.

 

The Next 5

6. Dak Prescott — This is the season to show he can be a complete quarterback with game-closing responsibilities.

7. Teddy Bridgewater — So far so good with the return from injury. He was used by Todd Bowles and The Jets to push rookie Sam Darnold in the preseason. Now he just needs an opportunity to play, but he most likely won’t get it this season in New Orleans.

8. Patrick Mahomes Jr.  — Andy Reid’s new toy was iffy in the preseason, but the potential for this season is massive. The young pigskin slinger is not lacking weapons.

9. LaMar Jackson — The leagues most polarizing rookie will sit behind Joe Flacco and learn his craft. Eventually, there will be an explosion in Baltimore known as The LaMar Jackson Era.

10. Jacoby Brissett — As a second-year player, Brissette got to start 16 games for a brutal Indianapolis Colts squad and showed some true potential and a crafty swag to his game. He could be a starting QB in the NFL for years to come.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.