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Look: The NFL’s 10 Best ‘Deep Ball’ Passing Quarterbacks


TAMPA, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 12: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers through the third quarter at Raymond James Stadium on December 12, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

While NFL offenses have gotten higher at creating quick and effective passing opportunities, the deep ball stays an important component to success.

NFL’s Nick Shook checked out NFL Next Gen Stats metrics to discover last season’s premier deep passers. He found 10 quarterbacks with the highest passing scores on passing attempts of 20 yards or more by comparing their results to expected completions on those throws.

Josh Allen tops the list with a near-perfect 99 rating. 

While Allen is not a shocking leader, it’s surprising to see Matt Ryan also net a 99 rating. In spite of everything, he fell wanting 4,000 passing yards for the primary time since 2010 despite the NFL expanding to a 17-game schedule. He averaged 7.3 yards per attempt, his lowest mark since 2013.

It’s value noting that Matty Ice made far fewer deep attempts (42) than some other quarterback contained in the top 10. Nevertheless, he accomplished 20 of them for 718 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception despite playing behind a subpar offensive line without Calvin Ridley for many of the season.

Kyler Murray, Justin Herbert, and Matthew Stafford round out the highest five. Seeing Patrick Mahomes right alongside Carson Wentz at sixth and seventh, respectively, is unexpected. Recent AFC West foes Russell Wilson and Derek Carr are next with 92 rankings, and MVP Aaron Rodgers rounds out the rankings.

Although Tom Brady accrued an NFL-high 5,316 passing yards in his twenty second season, he feasted more on quick strikes. Joe Burrow, Kirk Cousins, and Davis Mills also just missed the cut.

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