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Theismann ranks Alex Smith as the best QB in the NFC East

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The NFC East hasn't been the best division to find stellar quarterback play, but all four teams have sent out passers that have given folks plenty to talk about. 

Half the division is using a backup while the other half's starters have been incredibly turnover-prone, resulting in all four teams sporting three wins heading into Thanksgiving. 

But of the current crop of starters, who stands out as the best? Former Washington quarterback Joe Theismann weighed in on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas Wednesday morning and gave his old team's guy the nod. 

"Right now I would rank Alex No. 1," Theismann said. "Andy [Dalton] No. 2, Daniel [Jones] No. 3 and Carson [Wentz] is just having a horrible year. Goodness me, if it's gonna happen bad, it's gonna happen to him. That's the way this year has sort of been for [Wentz]."

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Smith has made the fewest starts of the bunch but sports the best completion percentage and second-lowest interception rate. In a division like this, that's all you need to stand out from the pack. 

With Dak Prescott out for the year with an ankle injury, Carson Wentz was supposed to be the runaway best quarterback in the division, but he's arguably been the worst. He leads the league in interceptions and fumbles and has developed some troubling habits trying to make plays in Doug Pederson's offense. 

 

With Wentz's down year, Jones' continued struggles with turning the ball over and Prescott's injury, it's opened the door for a more stable passer to take control in the division. With a Thanksgiving matchup against the Cowboys, Smith has a chance to do just that. Jones remains a work-in-progress with the Giants.  

"I think [Jones] has a tremendous upside, it's just a question of play the game mentally better, not physically," Theismann said. "I think [Smith] has a better command. [Smith] and [Dalton] are right there in the division."