Who Is Going To Throw For More—Carson Wentz, Eli Manning, or Sam Darnold?

by Travis Pulver
August 19th 2019, 7:44am

In today’s NFL, if you cant throw the ball, then you are going to have a tough time winning games. You also need to be able to run the ball, block, tackle, and a whole host of other things. But throwing the ball is what generates points and gets people to watch, so we tend to focus on that.

It’s one of the primary reasons the Philadelphia Eagles drafted Carson Wentz, and why the New York Jets took Sam Darnold when they did. You could also say that it is why Eli Manning has lasted as long as he has, too.

Wentz, Darnold, and Manning are all good quarterbacks in their own right, but they are also at entirely different stages in their careers. Wentz is about to roll into his prime, Manning is definitely in the twilight moments of his, and Darnold’s is still developing.

But who is better?

With the different things that each one brings to his team, that is a hard question to answer. But one we can answer involves productivity, and DraftKings.com is offering a wager on it:

Who will have the most passing yards this season
(excluding playoffs)?

  • Carson Wentz   -125
  • Eli Manning       +450
  • Sam Darnold     +150

Carson Wentz

Carson WentzMost fans will likely be quick to say Wentz will lead the way this season, at least among those three. Darnold has promise, but he is not anywhere near being in the same league as Wentz (yet). As for Manning, most of us are surprised that he still has a job.

Wentz, on the other hand, is one of the up and coming young quarterbacks in the league today. At the rate he was going last year, he would have finished with around 4500 yards had he played in the last five games.

So, surely, he can best the other two in passing yards this season—but don’t be too quick to assume he will.

Eli Manning

Overlooking Eli Manning would be a mistake. Yes, he is not the same guy that won two Super Bowls, but he is still a capable passer.  Last season he was one of 12 quarterbacks to throw for 4000+ yards (ranked ninth with 4299; most since 2015).

Eli Manning

He had the highest completion percentage of his career (66) and had his lowest interception total (11) since 2008 (when he threw ten).

Manning will have some good receivers at his disposal, but no one that could be considered ‘great’ or a game-changer.’ However, he will have one of the best all-purpose running backs in the league in his backfield in Saquon Barkley—who could go for 1000 yards receiving this year.

He doesn’t have a great offensive line, but it isn’t bad. However, since the Giants are likely going to be coming from behind a lot this season, he will be throwing quite a bit.

Sam Darnold

With Darnold, it is a little harder to make a case. He is entering just his second year in the league and still has a lot to learn about playing in the NFL. But the talent is there, and if Adam Gase can develop it, he is capable of great things.

Sam DarnoldBut he only averaged about 220 yards a game last year while Manning averaged in the 260s and Wentz around 280. That’s a lot of ground to make up. However, with the personnel changes the Jets have made, he might be able to do it.

Last season, he didn’t have much to work within the backfield or at receiver. This season, he’ll have Le’Veon Bell in the backfield—a guy who could easily account for 1000 receiving yards coming out of the backfield. Ty Montgomery will likely get some work receiving out of the backfield as well.

Jamison Crowder is an excellent addition at wide receiver, and Josh Bellamy should provide some depth at the position.

The pieces are there; it’s just a matter of putting it all together on Sundays.

Our Betting Tip/Prediction

The stage is certainly set for Wentz to lead the way if he can stay healthy with Jordan Howard, DeSean Jackson, Miles Sanders, and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside added to his arsenal (that already includes Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffrey, and Nelson Agholor).

But at -125, he is only a good bet if you can feel confident that he will finish the season. With the Eagles already getting two quarterbacks hurt in the preseason, it is hard to feel confident in Wentz’s health.

Take Manning at +450. He doesn’t have the personnel that Wentz does, but he is more experienced and will be playing catch-up quite a bit this season.