LeSean McCoy Boldly Claims 49ers’ Purdy Is Second-Best NFC QB Originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area
Brock Purdy has made a name for himself in the NFL and continues to turn heads in his second season.
After his meteoric rise from Mr. Irrelvanted to the 49ers as the starting quarterback, Purdy’s storybook 2022 season came to a heartbreaking end after he suffered a torn UCL in San Francisco’s NFC Championship Game loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Purdy underwent surgery in March and returned to the 49ers’ practice field six months later. After a healthy training camp and preseason, Purdy shined in San Francisco’s Week 1 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, prompting former NFL running back LeSean McCoy to boldly claim on FOX Sports 1’s “Speak” on Wednesday that Purdy is the second best quarterback in history. the NFC.
“If you look at Brock Purdy, I’m going to be honest about this, man. Brock Purdy is the second-best quarterback in the NFC right now,” McCoy said. “I’m not talking about resumes because when we do resumes, he’s nowhere near that. Some of these guys, like Matthew Stafford, throw for so many yards. Now when we talk about playing today, if you put him on the Cowboys offense, I’m nervous. Brock Purdy? I’m nervous.
“So despite what y’all think about that, I have him as the second-best quarterback behind (Jalen Hurts) right now.”
That means McCoy ranks Purdy higher than quarterbacks Dak Prescott, Kirk Cousins, Matthew Stafford, Derek Carr, Jared Goff, Daniel Jones, Geno Smith, Justin Fields, Jordan Love, Bryce Young, Baker Mayfield, Desmond Ridder and Sam Howell.
McCoy isn’t the only current or former NFL player to put Purdy in the top half of NFL QBs. After the 49ers’ Week 1 win, Dallas Cowboys superstar pass rusher Micah Parsons said Purdy is one of the 15 best signal callers in the league.
“I just don’t think we should sleep on Brock Purdy anymore,” Parsons said on his podcast “The Edge with Micah Parsons.” “Yes, he was selected in the seventh round. Yes, he came in late in the season and won six games in a row [the 49ers] to the NFC Championship before his injury.
“But Purdy, you won’t be slept on anymore, brother. I think people come for you the same way they come for you. [Aaron] Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes. Yes, you are surrounded by a good team, but you play your way out. And you have a great story, brother.”
“If we were ranking Purdy right now, I would rank Purdy around it. I think Purdy is a top-15 quarterback,” Parsons said. “There are things we still want to see from Purdy, not when Purdy wins, but when Purdy is down. I think the adversity aspect of the game of football is huge. Learning to play from behind. Learning situational football. That’s not something I do.” I say he can’t do it, it’s just something we haven’t seen yet.”
Purdy still has a long way to go before he is universally recognized as one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but there is no doubt that the 23-year-old is well on his way.
As evidenced by the loud messages of support he continues to receive.
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