Charlie Batch began the season as the fourth quarterback on the Pittsburgh Steelers depth chart. Even with Ben Roethlisberger being suspended for four games, a roster spot was still not guaranteed for Batch.
Then an injury to Byron Leftwich made Dennis Dixon the starting quarterback and secured Batch's spot on the team for at least the early part of the regular season. In Week 2, Dixon suffered an injury that would lead to a Week 3 start for Batch.
In his Week 3 start, Batch was impressive enough to earn himself a start in Week 4, the last week the Steelers will be without Roethlisberger. Batch's unlikely rise to the top of the depth chart leads one to wonder who the best backups in the NFL today are.