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Go to the below site, for the best viewing,
but I've included the discussion.

(Has a decent discussion of Beathard and Hoyer situation!)

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000863224/article/ranking-ever...

Ranking every NFL team's backup QB, from 1 to 32

By Marc Sessler
Around the NFL Writer
Published: Oct. 18, 2017 at 11:24 a.m. Updated: Oct. 18, 2017 at 01:15 p.m.

Ranking human beings. We've been doing it for years on this website.

Best coaches, top pass rushers, finest college prospects -- and, 
naturally, quarterbacks.

This time around -- hang with us, please -- we're ranking the signal 
callers who aren't good enough to start. The backups. The guys behind 
the guys. Half of them are utter no-namers, but all of them are key cogs 
in the wheel of an NFL season, especially when the starter is shattered 
by a defense or deemed ineffective enough to take a seat.

The quality of your backup passer can make or break a campaign, leaving 
these men in the shadows as critical figures, especially in a pinch.

With this in mind, let's waste no more time and rank these 
supporting-cast members from top to bottom:

Note: Sunday's injuries and benchings have us viewing the Packers' Brett 
Hundley and the 49ers' C.J. Beathard as starters going forward. With 
Andrew Luck and Sam Bradford set to return at some stage, the Jacoby 
Brissetts and Case Keenums of the world still make this list as backups.

Heir to the Throne of Ease
1

Jimmy Garoppolo
QB
Patriots

In a league that just watched Kevin Hogan log an NFL start, New 
England's backup is already seen as future-star material. Many believed 
Garoppolo would serve as the longed-for subject of a massive offseason 
swap, but the Patriots refused to move him. Why? "To me, the answer is 
simple: Bill [Belichick] thinks he's got the next great one," one AFC 
scout told NBC Sports Boston in July. An ex-Patriots player said: "He 
can make all the throws. He can process all the information. He is a 
gamer. He can slow it down. He can spin it. I'm going tell you this, if 
he had gotten traded to Cleveland, they're a borderline playoff team. I 
really believe that."

What we've seen from Garoppolo tells a similar tale. The Patriots could 
have moved him for a mountain of draft picks, but New England chose 
instead to keep the backup in the fold, making Jimmy G a candidate to be 
franchise-tagged next offseason. Belichick's refusal to trade away this 
young quarterback is all you need to know about his perceived -- and 
very real -- value inside NFL circles.

Starters in waiting

2
Jacoby Brissett
QB
Colts

3
Patrick Mahomes
QB
Chiefs

4
AJ McCarron
QB
Bengals
It's flat-out ludicrous that the former backup to Brady's backup would 
even exist so high on this list, but Brissett has been a joy to watch 
this autumn. Now entrenched with the Colts and playing a key role in 
place of Andrew Luck, the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder operates as a 
scrambling, big-armed, old-school whirlwind who isn't afraid to attack 
defenses with a slew of aggressive downfield darts. As much as the Colts 
long for Luck, we'll miss seeing Brissett on a weekly basis when he's 
shipped into the background upon the veteran's return. ... Maybe you 
believe I have Mahomes too high here. Too high for a guy with no 
regular-season snaps to speak of, but Alex Smith's understudy was an 
object of pure fascination in the preseason. Raw moments aside, the 
first-rounder displayed a rocket arm and Brett Favre-like derring-do, 
giving Kansas City one of the deepest quarterback rooms league-wide. ... 
Like Garoppolo, McCarron spent all offseason bathing in trade gossip, 
but the Bengals thought enough of their backup to refuse a second-round 
pick in return for the 27-year-old quarterback. As with Brissett and 
Mahomes, McCarron projects as a future starter, either in place of Andy 
Dalton or somewhere far beyond.

They'll get you out of a jam
5
Case Keenum
QB
Vikings
6
Ryan Fitzpatrick
QB
Buccaneers
7
Brian Hoyer
QB
49ers
8
Matt Moore
QB
Dolphins
9
Derek Anderson
QB
Panthers

He might not be seen as a full-time solution under center, but Keenum 
has been a revelation for the Vikings. In what amounts to another 
concerning footnote to Jeff Fisher's troubled run with the Rams, Keenum 
has gone from looking like white-hot rubbish under Fisher in Los Angeles 
and St. Louis to a well-coached, productive asset in Minnesota. Vikings 
play caller Pat Shurmur has milked a string of impressive starts out of 
Keenum in place of the oft-injured Sam Bradford. Both quarterbacks have 
performed well, but with Teddy Bridgewater cleared to practice, the 
pecking order in Minnesota remains in flux. ... Fitzpatrick was ugly in 
the preseason and probably would have been cut if Ryan Griffin hadn't 
been hurt, but Tampa's No. 2 gives you 116 starts and excellent 
leadership in the quarterback room. Besides, he nearly pulled off a 
monstrous comeback against the Cardinals on Sunday. ... With C.J. 
Beathard taking over as San Francisco's starter, Brian Hoyer sits higher 
than most on this list as an experienced signal caller with a 48:30 
touchdown-to-pick ratio in the regular season. It makes sense for coach 
Kyle Shanahan to take a look at the rookie Beathard, but it's entirely 
possible we see Hoyer again during a long season for the Niners. ... 
Moore looked like the equal of Ryan Tannehill last season and deserves a 
shot to spell Jay Cutler if the Dolphins remain shaky through the air. 
.... Would the Browns have been any worse off under center had they just 
held on to Anderson for all these years as their wily-veteran starter?

Ham-and-eggers
10

Colt McCoy

QB
Redskins
11

Tom Savage

QB
Texans
12

Nick Foles

QB
Eagles
13

Chase Daniel

QB
Saints
14

Drew Stanton

QB
Cardinals
15

Mike Glennon

QB
Bears
McCoy is a fitting example of quarterbacks having nine lives in this 
league. After flaming out hard as Cleveland's starter, the former Texas 
hero has carved out a steady career as Washington's backup. Just 31 
years old, he'll draw league-mandated paychecks for years to come. ... 
Savage tells you where this list is headed, rapidly playing himself out 
of a job after months of hype about his steady starting role ahead of 
rookie QB Deshaun Watson. The offseason is the worst. ... Foles authored 
a semi-insane 27-touchdown, two-pick season with Philly in 2013, but his 
scattershot play ever since has removed him from the conversation. At 
just 28 years old, though, Foles could hang around for another 
near-decade as a second-stringer. ... After leaving New Orleans in a 
quest to become a starter with the Chiefs and Eagles, Daniel has 
returned to Earth -- and to the Saints -- though apparently he still 
burns for a chance to one day ditch the clipboard. ... Bruce Arians has 
shown intense loyalty to the 33-year-old Stanton, but there's a better 
backup in Arizona: Blaine Gabbert. ... Glennon showed little promise and 
far too many disastrous traits to be taken seriously as an NFL starter. 
While the Bears earn kudos for correctly scouting Mitchell Trubisky, 
their decision to pay Glennon $18.5 million guaranteed serves as the 
offseason's most ludicrous payday.

Mixed bag
16

Geno Smith

QB
Giants
17

EJ Manuel

QB
Raiders
18

Chad Henne

QB
Jaguars
Smith can't be taken seriously as a first-stringer and showed again this 
past summer that any rash of positive play will soon be undermined by 
game-changing gaffes. A frustrating player to watch. ... Manuel was 
vaguely serviceable in place of Derek Carr, but this former first-round 
pick still has a stink on him after flaming out in dangerous fashion 
with the Bills. ... Henne can't beat out Blake Bortles. Any more questions?

Would you recognize them at the grocery store?
19

Sean Mannion

QB
Rams
20

Austin Davis

QB
Seahawks
21

Landry Jones

QB
Steelers
22

Kellen Clemens

QB
Chargers
23

Kellen Moore

QB
Cowboys
The Rams are high on Mannion, but he's thrown 14 passes in games that 
count and won't see the field anytime soon with Jared Goff now thriving 
under wunderkind coach Sean McVay. ... Davis is a workmanlike backup who 
authored a promising start or two with the Rams before his current gig 
operating as a steep dropoff from Russell Wilson in Seattle. ... Jones 
played his best football last season in relief of Ben Roethlisberger, 
but the Steelers are cooked if this ragingly average backup is asked to 
do more than mop-up work. ... At age 34, Clemens is staring at the 
near-end of his playing career while he drifts around SoCal in the 
RIVERSMOBILE with Philip. ... A coach's son, Moore is a smart signal 
caller who authored a dazzling college career at Boise State. Still, I'd 
rather see Cooper Rush step in if anything happens to Dak Prescott.

Fading satellites and unsolved mysteries
24

Nathan Peterman

QB
Bills
25

Kevin Hogan

QB
Browns
26

Brock Osweiler

QB
Broncos
27

Jake Rudock

QB
Lions
28

Matt Cassel

QB
Titans
29

Bryce Petty

QB
Jets
30

Joe Callahan

QB
Packers
31

Matt Schaub

QB
Falcons
32

Ryan Mallett

QB
Ravens

Peterman was whispered about as a figure ready to eclipse Tyrod Taylor, 
but that uprising is on hold for now. It's clear the front office adores 
him, meaning a switch could come as soon as next offseason. ... Hogan 
produced a disastrous start against the Texans, but he brings a solid 
arm and plus mobility. Even with Kizer back in the starting role, it's 
likely Hogan sees additional action before Cleveland's season from the 
depths wraps. ... Osweiler lost a summertime battle to Hogan and DeShone 
Kizer, largely because he showed all the same mechanical issues and 
on-field drawbacks that earned him a swift ticket out of Houston. Paxton 
Lynch will take over Denver's No. 2 spot when healthy. ... Just 24, 
Rudock produced a positive preseason for the Lions, showing plus 
mobility behind starter Matthew Stafford. We have no idea how he'd fare 
in games that matter. ... Is it unfair to have Cassel, a one-time NFL 
starter, this low on the list? Absolutely not. He'd been purely 
unwatchable in place of Marcus Mariota, raising questions about 
Tennessee's ability to self-scout its own quarterback room. ... Petty is 
New York's No. 2 only because Christian Hackenberg utterly imploded in 
August. ... I designated Brett Hundley as a middle-of-the-pack backup in 
the first draft of these rankings. In a depressing edit, he's now Green 
Bay's starter, being asked to learn on the fly after Aaron Rodgers 
suffered a broken collarbone in Sunday's loss to Minnesota. Packers fans 
stare into the abyss, but Hundley brings plenty of strong preseason tape 
and the support of his coaches. As for Callahan, he's been signed off 
the practice squad. ... Don't get me started on Matt Schaub. ... 
Mallett, once seen as a mysterious trade target for quarterback-needy 
rosters, was an abject disaster all summer and the logical person to 
point to when asking how on Earth Colin Kaepernick doesn't have a job.