6. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
As a whole, the Los Angeles Chargers finished their season in the worst way possible. For much of the year, they were in line to challenge for the AFC West title but then they dropped three of their final four games to go from 8-5 to 9-8.
Even worse, they still nearly made the playoffs as all they needed was a tie with the Raiders but a last-second kick in overtime ended that hope.
Despite the frustrating finish, Justin Herbert had a season to remember. In his second NFL campaign, he had 5,014 yards passing and 38 touchdowns. He added another 302 yards and three touchdowns on the ground as he continues to prove he’s one of the better young quarterbacks in the game.
5. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
When Josh Allen entered the NFL in 2018 there was a lot of debate about how good he could be. He had an insane arm but struggled with accuracy and there were plenty of critics who thought he could never make it.
But they were proven wrong as Allen has carved out a nice start to his career — and has led the Buffalo Bills to the AFC East title the past two seasons. In 2021, he had 4,407 yards and 36 touchdowns and he continued to be dangerous with his legs.
Allen added 763 yards on the ground which was a career-high for him and put up six more touchdowns rushing as well.