1. Jacoby Brissett
If Brissett isn’t offered a starting job this off-season the veteran quarterback is clearly the best fit for Arthur Smith’s system. Brissett spent the first part of the season as the starter for Cleveland and clearly was the superior quarterback even after the team was turned over to Deshaun Watson.
Brissett finished the year with 2,608 passing yards in 11 starts throwing 12 touchdowns to only six interceptions. It is also worth noting that Brissett is elite at converting in short-yardage situations running the quarterback sneak to perfection. Something that could help the Falcons if they don’t want to run Desmond Ridder on the play.
Jacoby has the mobility needed to run Arthur Smith’s system while still clearly being a pass-first quarterback. Brissett finished with 243 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. Brissett isn’t an elite scrambler but has enough speed and physicality to take the space the defense gives him. Signing Brissett will be costly but considering the experience and value the veteran would bring to the roster the move would be well worth it. There is also the ability to move off of the contract if Ridder stays healthy and plays at a high level and a quarterback injury opens up a trade possibility.