sleep·er – One that achieves unexpected recognition or success. Here are four quarterbacks who will be sleepers in 2003.
Kordell Stewart – Over the past 2 seasons Stewart has completed 62% of his passes. That ranks him 11th among starting quarterbacks in that time span. While we all know that he is not a great passing quarterback, he’s averaged 185 passing yards a game over the past 3 seasons, he is one of the top running quarterbacks in the league. In his last 32 games he’s averaged 35 rushing yards a game, while also scoring 13 touchdowns. Chicago realizes that in order for Stewart to be effective he needs to run. They will give him every opportunity to do just that. Look for him to rush for 500 yards this season with at least 5 touchdowns.
Kerry Collins – The knock on Kerry Collins has been his ability to put the ball into the end zone. His career high is 22 in a season. However, in his final 10 games of 2002, Collins threw for 18 touchdowns. The addition of Shockey will help boost his number of touchdown passes. He has averaged 3800 yards passing in the past three seasons. Collins is also a durable quarterback; he hasn’t missed a start in 3 seasons. Look for him to get you at least 3800 yards and 25 td’s this season. Not bad for a guy that you can draft after round 10.
Patrick Ramsey – Ramsey looked great in some games last season and awful in others. In his 5 starts he averaged 213 passing yards a game. He also took a lot of sacks and threw way to many interceptions. Holding out of his first training camp definitely hurt him. But after a year in Spurriers offense, and a full training camp, Ramsey will turn into the quarterback the Redskins drafted. He has a strong arm and will have plenty of chances to throw in Spurriers offense. The addition of Laverneous Coles and having Rod Gardner on the other side, will give him solid targets to throw at. Look for 3500 yards and 20 touchdown passes from Ramsey this season.
Kelly Holcomb – Holcomb should be the man this year in Cleveland. If he doesn’t start the season as the #1 quarterback, he will soon after. Fans are putting pressure on the coaching staff to make Holcomb the starter. In three starts last season, Kelly averaged 318yds passing with 8 touchdowns. Kevin Johnson, Quincy Morgan, Dennis Northcutt, and Andre Davis make up a solid group of young and talented wide receivers for Holcomb to throw to. With William Green taking pressure off of the passing attack and the talented wide receivers to throw to, Holcomb has a chance to become a top 10 quarterback.