Knowing the identity of most backup quarterbacks in the NFL is usually far down the list of hot topics that football fans talk about, until a starting quarterback is lost due to a serious injury.
Once the starter goes down, fans are quick to rally behind the No. 2 guy, or rush to the waiver wire to save their fantasy football team.
Some examples of injuries that kept a starter out of the lineup for an extended time during the past decade include Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford. The results of how the backups fared were quite varied.
The Colts didn't have an adequate backup for Manning, and it cost Indianapolis GM Bill Polian his job. Reaction to that situation was a wake-up call to the rest of the league that you better have an adequate backup on board, or else.
Then there are raging debates about backup quarterbacks that strain relationships and put loyalty to the test. These arguments are the subject of great controversies that divide NFL locker rooms and teams' entire fan base. Tim Tebow caused quite a stir when he became a member of the New York Jets, but that wound up being much ado about nothing.
Today, we will look at every NFL team and rank their backup quarterback situation. The rankings will be in a team slide format, which allows us to discuss the No. 2 and No. 3 quarterbacks, when appropriate.
Since this is written in the middle of free agency, the rankings will be moving targets based on every subsequent draft pick, free-agent signing and veteran being released. Consider the rankings as a snapshot in time, where things stand on March 25, because they could be obsolete as of April 28.
Pro Football Reference.com and ESPN.com were the sources used for compiling stats for this report. ESPN.com was the source used for team rosters. Spotrac.com was the source of any contract information disclosed.