20. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
The man is a magician. Ben Roethlisberger somehow led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a winning season and they made a trip to the postseason. They did this despite the fact that he lost one of his best wideouts for a stretch and while playing behind a pretty bad offensive line.
In the end, he finished with some very respectable numbers including a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 22-to-10. Not to take anything away from him, but those numbers don’t tell the whole story. Big Ben is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game but during 2021, he was making it work with quick passes that were schemed to get his players running after the catch.
He wasn’t the same player we were used to seeing for so many years but he still got the job done and deserves some respect for that.
19. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles elected to go with Jalen Hurts this season as they sent Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts. After one season, it appears they made the right call.
Hurts might not be a dynamic passer but he did manage 3,144 yards and had 16 touchdown passes. He might never be an elite pocket passer but as long as he forces defenses to respect his arm, he could find success as he did in 2021.
Of course, his running is what moves him into the top-20- as he ran for 784 yards with 10 touchdowns.