As a precursor to the AAF action this week, let’s take a look at the top five quarterbacks currently. This essentially is a four horse race but for the purpose of the post I dug deep to find that fifth individual.
1. Garrett Gilbert – 34/53 passing 64.2% completion percentage 4 TD 0 INT
Gilbert is getting another opportunity to show why he was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school. He has not disappointed in his first two games in the AAF. Gilbert has shown flashes of NFL caliber arm strength on deep balls. Helping Charles Johnson to average 5.6 receiving yards per route run. Gilbert has also done a nice job taking care of the football. While it is still early, the 4/0 TD/INT ratio is a great start. Gilbert will look to continue his success at home this week against the Memphis Express.
2. John Wolford – 32/51 passing 62.7% completion percentage 6 TD 2 INT
Wolford opened the season with a stellar performance, taking home player of the week honors. His week two performance was not far off from week one but there were a couple of mistakes that caused him to fall in the power rankings. Memphis did a nice job taking away the Run-pass option game that Arizona has utilized this season, causing Wolford to make some throws from in the pocket. While staying the pocket he failed to read some of Memphis’ coverage adjustments and threw two interceptions. While Wolford was still able to lead a comeback and win, I am keeping him out of the top spot this week. Wolford takes the show on the road again this week, taking on Salt Lake in their home opener.
3. Luis Perez – 43/71 passing 60.6% completion percentage 0 TD 0 INT
Luis Perez is arguably the top NFL caliber quarterback in the AAF. The number one thing he needs from this league is reps. Not playing quarterback until after high school has set him back in that aspect. The arm strength is there, the poise seems to be there but there is something not fully clicking yet. It may be the fact that his receivers have a habit of dropping footballs. Perez has shown flashes of touch and strength on his throws, but has yet to throw for a touchdown. One of Luiz’s strengths has been taking care of the football. I expect to see him rise in the rankings as the season goes on. Perez gets the chance to get off the touchdown goose egg this week against Atlanta.
4. Logan Woodside – 38/75 passing 50.7% completion percentage 1 TD 3 INT
Woodside has been slinging the football around so far this season. The Commanders have a solid receiving core and have been making plays for their quarterback. What is keeping Woodside at fourth in the power rankings is the fact that he gets careless with the football. Woodside has one touchdown pass this season and three interceptions. Having more interceptions than touchdowns has to change if San Antonio plans to reach their full potential. Woodside gets a chance to help his team reach 2-1 at San Diego this week.
5. Matt Simms – 32/53 passing 60.4% completion percentage 1 TD 3 INT
Finding a fifth for this list was difficult. There simply hasn’t been a quarterback the fifth spot on this list. So for this week I will throw Matt Simms in the fifth spot and see if that changes next week. Atlanta is struggling to put points on the board and some of that is on Simms shoulders. He needs to take better care of the ball. His completion percentage is solid but he simply isn’t capitalizing on his time with the football. Atlanta is at home this week with a chance to knock off an undefeated Birmingham team.