Quarterbacks…Can’t live without them, can’t…live without them.
Having a reliable starter behind center is not only important, but having a second- or third-string signal-caller that can step in when called upon is crucial as well.
We saw it in San Francisco when Colin Kaepernick wound up taking over (permanently) for Alex Smith, now a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. We saw it in Washington, where Offensive Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III was banged up several times and gave way to fellow rookie Kirk Cousins.
And we saw it in Pittsburgh, when Ben Roethlisberger, then Byron Leftwich went down and veteran Charlie Batch wound up playing, with mixed results.
Hence this look at all 32 teams quarterbacking status. We are not only rating the starting quarterback but the backup situation as well. And while you’ll see the obvious suspects both at the top and the bottom of the list, you’re probably splitting hairs when ranking the best of the best.
For now, we’re going to stay away from the undrafted free-agent quarterbacks that have reportedly agreed to terms with teams until those transactions become official (on more than one occasion a player has changed his mind and signed elsewhere).
Let the debate(s) begin.