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The Top 5 NFC East Quarterbacks of 2014

The Top 5 NFC East Quarterbacks of 2014

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The NFC East is home to some of the most scrutinized quarterback play in the NFL. The division's top signal callers remain formidable, but enter 2014 with a lot to prove. Here's how the NFC East's quarterbacks stack up.

5. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

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5. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

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While Kirk Cousins may lack the experience of other notable backup quarterbacks in the division, like Josh Freeman and Mark Sanchez, his upside is the highest among the non-starters. He's flashed promise in relief duty for Robert Griffin III over the past two seasons. His accuracy, however, was shoddy in 2013. If he ever wants to earn a starting role in Washington or elsewhere, he'll need to clean up those issues moving forward.

4. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

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4. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III
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The dreaded sophomore slump victimized Robert Griffin III in 2013, but there isn't any major reason why he can't bounce back in year three. Griffin remains one of the league's most gifted quarterbacks, with a high-ceiling blend of pocket-passing prowess and athleticism. Better health should help him climb rankings such as these in future seasons.

3. Eli Manning, New York Giants

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3. Eli Manning, New York Giants

Eli Manning
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Some consider Eli Manning's two Super Bowl rings and chalk him up as an elite quarterback. Perhaps Manning has played on an elite level for spurts in the past, most namely in big games, but he's too inconsistent to be considered among the game's best. An improved supporting cast could allow him to reinvigorate his career in 2014, but his up-and-down play throughout the years made him susceptible to the division's newcomer in these rankings.

2. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

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2. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

Nick Foles
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Nike Foles has yet to provide a large sample size, but his efficiency in 2014 was unheard of. It's unlikely Foles will maintain it after throwing 27 touchdown passes to only two interceptions last year, but he doesn't have to. Simply being productive as the trigger man of Chip Kelly's fast break offense while limiting momentum-killing mistakes, to a less flawless extent, should allow Foles to solidify himself as one of the sport's better passers.

1. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

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1. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo
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Tomy Romo's late-season demise has been well documented but also exaggerated. No one would confuse Romo for clutch, but his efforts down the stretch weren't the reason why Dallas missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year. One of the league's worst defenses should wear that blame. But as the quarterback, as the leader, Romo has been heavily criticized for the Cowboys' shortcomings. Beyond the narrative, he remains a quality quarterback.

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