10. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
Derek Carr is another quarterback who had to deal with adversity in 2021 but still found success. The Las Vegas Raiders were an absolute mess with Jon Gruden resigning after some horrible emails he sent were leaked. Then there was the tragic incident involving Henry Ruggs.
Even after losing his head coach and top receiver, Carr showed his leadership skills and helped the Raiders navigate a 10-7 campaign. They wound up losing in Round 1 but he still threw for 4,804 yards with Hunter Renfrow serving as his wide receiver No1.
There will again be some change coming to Vegas this offseason which will lead to speculation about Carr’s future with the team. If he does get moved, some team will wind up with a great option under center.
9. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
After breaking his ankle in Week 5 of the 2020 NFL Season, Dak Prescott was able to come back this year and put together a great campaign. He completed a career-high 68.8 percent of his throws for 4,449 yards. He also broke the franchise record for most touchdown passes with 37.
Of course, it all ended in a complete flameout as he and the Dallas Cowboys played poorly for 45 minutes of their Wild Card game against San Francisco. A late comeback fell short when Prescott ran an ill-advised quarterback draw and allowed the clock to run down.
There are issues with him — and this team — including their continual choking in the big games, but Dak is still a top-10 quarterback who boasts a 53-32 record in the regular season.