Injuries have hit the AFC hard the past 10 days. In Week 10, the Cleveland Browns lost Deshaun Watson for the year. More recently, on Thursday Night Football, Joe Burrow suffered a wrist injury that will cut his season short. This will in turn hurt the Cincinnati Bengals' chances of making the playoff push. While injuries aren't a cause for celebration, the Jacksonville Jaguars will benefit from not having to face either Watson or Burrow in what's left of their 2023 schedule.
On the other hand, there are a couple of quarterbacks that could give the Jags fits in the upcoming weeks. Who are they, and how good are the signal-callers remaining in their schedule? Here's a ranking of the quarterbacks the Jaguars will face the next eight weeks.
No. 7 QB remaining in the Jacksonville Jaguars 2023 schedule: Jake Browning, Bengals
Nobody will blame you if you hadn't heard of Jake Browning before Joe Burrow got hurt. An undrafted free agent in 2019, Browning spent time with the Minnesota Vikings before landing in Cincy in 2021. This season marked the first time the Washington product saw the NFL field. He fared relatively well when he filled in for Burrow in Week 11, going 8-of-14 for 56 yards with one touchdown.
However, things will be considerably more difficult moving forward. At this point of his career, Browning hasn't proved he's anything more than a journeyman back. It's true that he will have the same arsenal of weapons Burrow had at his disposal but opposing teams will make it difficult for him to fully take advantage of it.
No. 6 QB remaining in the Jacksonville Jaguars 2023 schedule: Bryce Young, Panthers
Teams usually expect the No. 1 overall pick in the draft to have an immediate impact and turn things around from the get-go. Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case for the Carolina Panthers and Bryce Young in 2023.
While Young might very well be the player the Panthers envisioned when they traded for him, he's got an uphill battle to climb. He's looked overwhelmed at times and hasn't shown progress throughout the season. The fact that the Carolina brass didn't give him a good surrounding cast hasn't helped matters.
Right now, his best receiver is an aging Adam Theilen. Leaving aside Ikem Ekwonu and Taylor Moton, their offensive line is also filled with glaring holes. That's not precisely the recipe to help a young quarterback like Bryce Young succeed. Not surprisingly, the Panthers are 1-8 this season.