2011 NFL Preview: 5 Quarterbacks With the Most to Prove This Season

Jeffrey SchmidtCorrespondent IIIAugust 29, 2011

2011 NFL Preview: 5 Quarterbacks With the Most to Prove This Season

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    NFL quarterbacks always have the microscope pointed in their direction, always giving them something to prove. Some quarterbacks get the benefit of the doubt, but that's only the case if they have preformed to the highest level year after year.

    A number of veteran quarterbacks have found new homes during the offseason, leaving them to prove to their respective fanbases that they can get the job done and carry the load.  

    Some can handle the added pressure, while others cannot, and in this article I'll break down the five quarterbacks who have the most to prove this season. 

5. Tarvaris Jackson

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    Tarvaris Jackson signed a two-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks this offseason, and Pete Caroll wasted no time in announcing him as the team's starting quarterback. Jackson was also appointed as the offensive captain, which was a position held by veteran Matt Hasselbeck for the past 10 seasons. 

    Jackson has a number of weapons to throw to, including his old teammate in Minnesota, Sidney Rice. On the opposite side of Rice is former first-round pick Mike Williams, who showed a ton of promise during the 2010 season. 

    Jackson has Charlie Whitehurst waiting in the wings though, and with a slow start, Jackson could get the boot. 

4. Kevin Kolb

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    It is not often that a team gives up numerous draft picks and a top flight corner for a unproven quarterback, but that's exactly what the Arizona Cardinals did this offseason.

    Kevin Kolb has started a mere seven games during his four-year NFL career, but he has shown major upside in those starts. Kolb became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 300 yards in each of his first two career starts, after Donvan McNabb went down with an injury. 

    Kolb has a ton of upside, but he also has a lot to prove to not only to the Arizona faithful but to the entire league.  

3. Donovan McNabb

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    Andy Reid must have a crystal ball because he sensed that last season would not be a great year for Donovan McNabb. McNabb struggled mightily with the Washington Redskins, and part of the problem was with the relationship with head coach Mike Shanahan.

    McNabb has his first power running game to work with this season in Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart, which will help his already stellar play action passing game. 

    McNabb also has receiving weapons in Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian, which is why with a slow start, head coach Leslie Frazier could go to this year's first-round pick Christian Ponder.  

2. Chad Henne

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    The Dolphins offense was down right pathetic last season, and a major contributer to that disaster was quarterback Chad Henne. The defense was ranked No. 6 in the NFL and set this offense up with numerous opportunities to succeed.

    Dolphins fans were heard at practice screaming "We want Orton" which is something that the Dolphins should have pursued more heavily this offseason. Henne has a number of targets in Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess, so there really are no more excuses.

    This will be Henne's final chance to prove himself to the Dolphins organization.   

1. Michael Vick

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    Michael Vick clearly has the most to prove during the 2011 season. The Philadelphia Eagles were labeled the "Dream Team" by backup quarterback Vince Young, so it's Super Bowl or bust for this team.

    Vick had one of the most memorable seasons a quarterback could have, and the game against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football will never be forgotten.

    However, Vick has yet to prove he can stay healthy during his career, and now, with teams having an entire offseason to prepare, its hard to gauge how well this season will fare for the Eagles quarterback.

    Vick just signed a new deal that is worth 100 million over six years, which is only going to add additional pressure for the quarterback to preform at the highest level.