Subject: Ranking every NFL team's backup QB, from 1 to 32
Go to the below site, for the best viewing,
but I've included the discussion.
(Has a decent discussion of Beathard and Hoyer situation!)
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,
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
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
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
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?
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.
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?
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
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.