Matt Schaub. Matt Cassel. Kevin Kolb. Matt Flynn.
What do all these players have in common?
Well, besides the rhythmic cadence of their names—Schaub, Kolb and a whole lot of Matts—each of these players signed big, starting quarterback contracts after serving as backups.
In today’s NFL, depth is pivotal. But it’s especially pivotal at the quarterback position.
If a team’s starting signal-caller goes down, there needs to be someone waiting who can take the reins and help the offense carry on. When that someone proves he can do this effectively, he makes the rest of the league take notice.
Matt Flynn was this year’s backup-turned-starter after marinating behind Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay’s lethal offense. But which quarterbacks will be next?
Here are seven names to monitor over the next year or two who could go from backup shmackup to franchise quarterback.