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The Top 5 NFC South Quarterbacks of 2014

The Top 5 NFC South Quarterbacks of 2014

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There is a plethora of talent at the quarterback position in the NFC South. How do the division's top signal callers stack up against one another? Check out these rankings.

5. Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Glennon
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5. Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Glennon
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In an otherwise disappointing 4-12 season, Mike Glennon's solid play at quarterback was a pleasant surprise for the Buccaneers. Despite the dismal record, Glennon kept Tampa Bay competitive in many contests by managing the game like a veteran and avoiding costly mistakes. It looks like head coach Lovie Smith will be inserting Josh McCown into the starting lineup, but there's a good chance Glennon could see snaps at some point in 2014.

4. Josh McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh McCown
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4. Josh McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh McCown
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Speaking of Josh McCown, who is coming off his best season as a pro with the Chicago Bears, the Buccaneers signed the soon-to-be 35-year-old veteran to start. If he can carry over his success in the Windy City to Tampa Bay, he'll likely be an upgrade for the Buccaneers' offense, which bolstered it's pass-catching prowess with several promising draft picks. McCown's 2013 season appears like an aberration compared to his first 10 seasons, however.

3. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton
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3. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton
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The former No. 1 overall pick hasn't been the surest model of consistency, but Cam Newton has had moments of brilliance during his first three years in the league. He's far from just an athlete playing quarterback, like many initially tabbed him, as he possesses the arm strength and decision-making adeptness to beat opponents from the pocket. He'll still keep defenses honest with his legs, though, which makes him a dangerous duel threat.

2. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan
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2. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan
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Yes, the Falcons stumbled to their worst season since 2007 last year, falling to 4-12 despite entering the campaign as a perceived Super Bowl contender. But Matt Ryan shouldn't wear the blame -- at least not the brunt of it. Sure, he could have made more plays, but one of the league's worst defenses and rushing attacks were bigger factors as to why Atlanta struggled. Ryan remains one of the game's most efficient pocket passers.

1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees
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1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees
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It should surprise no one that Drew Brees is the top quarterback in these rankings. As one of the most prolific and accurate passers in the history of the NFL, Brees continues to dissect opposing secondaries like a surgeon. His window of opportunity to win another Super Bowl in New Orleans is fleeting at 35 years old, but he should remain a top-five quarterback for at least one or two more seasons.