The Top 10 Backup Quarterbacks in the NFL
Football fans always seem to be talking about who are the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
This is my list of the NFL's top 10 backup quarterbacks. The guys who need to step into the biggest role on the field at a second's notice.
All six of the guys that I have listed here have the potential to be great quarterbacks someday.
But for now they are all too young to tell if they are going to be great starting or backup quarterbacks, so they land on the honorable mention list.
Tyrod Taylor - Baltimore Ravens
Jake Locker - Tennessee Titans
Blaine Gabbert - Jacksonville Jaguars
Christian Ponder - Minnesota Vikings
Ryan Mallett - New England Patriots
Dennis Dixon - Pittsburgh Steelers
10.) Brett Favre*
9.) Brian Hoyer
Brian Hoyer showed this preseason that he is a very capable backup quarterback.
After seeing what the Patriots did with Matt Cassel, and how they groomed him into a starting NFL quarterback, I think New England has done the same with Hoyer.
He would be able to take on Tom Brady's role if necessary and he could definitely be potential trade bait in the future.
8.) David Carr
7.) Tim Tebow
6.) Tyler Thigpen
It would not surprise me if Tyler Thigpen gets the starting job for the Buffalo Bills at some point this season.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is the current starter but Thigpen is easily just as worthy of the job. In 2008 with the Kansas City Chiefs, Thigpen threw for 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while rushing for an additional three touchdowns.
Thigpen is definitely a reliable backup.
5.) Matt Flynn
Rodgers is without a doubt the star of the Packers and they desperately need him, but if I was a Green Bay fan I would definitely feel comfortable with Flynn distributing the football if he is needed.
4.) Vince Young
Everyone has their doubts about Young, but last season when he played in nine games the quarterback had 10 touchdowns against only three interceptions for a QB rating of 98.6.
Vince Young can still play football, and if Vick gets hurt this season I bet that Young will surprise a lot of people with his play as the backup.
3.) Derek Anderson
The Carolina Panthers have both Cam Newton and Jimmy Clausen, but Derek Anderson in the most experienced quarterback of the three.
Both Newton and Clausen are young and inexperienced, and Anderson could get some quality snaps this year if either of them aren't ready to run an offense in 2011.
2.) Jon Kitna
1.) Kerry Collins
Kerry Collins has been manning the offense for Tennessee the last few seasons while Vince Young tried to sort out his personal issues.
No Colts fan wants to hear this, but if there was one guy that the Colts could have replaced Manning with, Kerry Collins was the guy they needed.
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