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Rating the very best backup NFL QBs of 2022: 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo headlines list of veteran No. 2s


Quarterbacks are all the time the talk of the NFL, and this 12 months, there isn’t a shortage of star power on the position. Consider just the top 10 signal-callers of 2022, a crop headlined by the ageless Tom Brady but chock-full of young, ascending play-makers. But what happens when the large names go down? Injuries take their toll every 12 months, and unfortunately, that features the QB position.

But which teams are best prepared to weather a loss under center? Here’s a have a look at the very best backups within the league:

Note: There are more QBs listed (33) than teams (32), because we expect at the least one in all either Baker Mayfield or Jimmy Garoppolo to be traded and assume a starting job before the 2022 season.

The children

Tyler Huntley

We’re rating recent high draft picks (since 2020) separate from the remaining, only because they differ a lot from profession No. 2s. For instance, if our starter went down, we would quite gamble on Jordan Love’s upside than, say, Andy Dalton’s experience. But we may additionally prefer the proven vet for a single vital start or two. So here’s how we would rank the children:

6. Matt Corral (Panthers)

He appears to have the requisite swagger and mobility, but how quickly can/will he settle into the NFL?

5. Desmond Ridder (Falcons)

It might be a challenge to separate him from the Falcons’ rebuilding lineup. Will his confidence translate into consistency?

4. Jordan Love (Packers)

We have seen only one real game from him, and he’s still developing his vision, but at 23, with good size and a legitimate arm, we still like his potential as a big-play passer.

3. Malik Willis (Titans)

Like Love, he’s almost a complete unknown, but he also possesses some freakish athletic qualities. In his case, it is not only the laser arm but the electrical legs. In a pinch, those sorts of gifts can mask other flaws.

2. Kenny Pickett (Steelers)

He’s widely considered more of a protected than special prospect, however the guy did a variety of the little things well in and across the pocket at Pittsburgh, and he may possibly start for a playoff-caliber Steelers team as a rookie.

1. Tyler Huntley (Ravens)

No, he isn’t Lamar Jackson, but he’s an ideal substitute in Baltimore, where he’s shown in limited sample sizes that he can throw confidently and create space on the bottom. It isn’t such a nasty thing to have an athlete as your emergency fill-in.

The very best of the vets

Jimmy Garoppolo

10. Tyrod Taylor (Giants)

Recent York is overpaying considering he’s struggled to even stay healthy coming off the bench in recent times, and he isn’t particularly accurate despite an inclination for short-area passing. Still, he’s been a serviceable starter before, and he can move.

9. Andy Dalton (Saints)

He hasn’t posted a winning record as a QB in seven years. He still throws a variety of picks despite an increasingly “protected” approach. But you furthermore may cannot teach 148 games of starting experience, and he’s proven he may be OK with talent around him.

8. Jacoby Brissett (Browns)

Like Taylor and Dalton, he’s one way or the other managed to be each conservative and comparatively inefficient during prolonged motion. But he’s adapted quickly in sudden profession changes and shown, with the Colts, he may be borderline playoff-caliber with good support.

7. Case Keenum (Bills)

Keenum gets himself into trouble together with his gunslinging style, but he also extends plays and wins over teammates the identical way. A real journeyman after starting runs in Minnesota and Denver, he would’ve been a higher-upside backup plan for the 2022 Browns, who opted as an alternative for Brissett as Deshaun Watson’s likely suspension substitute.

6. Taylor Heinicke (Commanders)

Washington got the full Heinicke experience in 2022: energetic, exciting and mercurial. He’s best suited to a run-heavy or short-area attack, but his moxie, mobility and willingness to try big throws make him one in all the more enticing emergency starters.

5. Gardner Minshew (Eagles)

The dimensions and arm power might never be there, but this guy is a prototypical No. 2, oozing swagger, flashing athleticism and touting pretty downfield touch. In 27 profession games with rebuilding Eagles and Jaguars teams, he’s thrown 42 touchdowns to simply 12 picks.

4. Nick Foles (Colts)

His disappearing act in 2021 is an indictment of the Bears, who preferred the pricier Andy Dalton as Justin Fields’ predecessor. Foles and his big arm are volatile, and he needs protection up front. But few backup QBs have been more calm, collected and willing to make tight-window throws in crunch time when called upon.

3. Teddy Bridgewater (Dolphins)

He’s never been greater than a serviceable full-timer, offering a gradual hand over big-time throws. But he’s well-liked, generally accurate, mostly avoids killer turnovers and has guided several winning streaks in talented lineups. Most teams would like to have him of their locker rooms, as long as he’s only stepping in under center for a select variety of games.

2. Baker Mayfield (Browns)

He’s still starting material. Yes, he’s been on a rocky trajectory, going from daring to sloppy to underrated to battered in 4 years as Cleveland’s guy. His ceiling may possibly be as the purpose guard for a run-heavy approach that takes pressure off his good but streaky arm. But there isn’t any doubt, at 26, he still belongs somewhere for a final audition as a No. 1.

1. Jimmy Garoppolo (49ers)

Like Mayfield, who figures to relocate before the beginning of the season, Jimmy G has to this point maxed out as a mid-tier starter, thriving more when the burden shouldn’t be on his arm but quite on the system during which he plays point guard. He’s also really struggled to remain healthy. And yet, at his best, he’s a prototypical pocket passer who could make all of the throws with deep playoff experience.

The leftovers

These guys make up nearly all of the backup QBs within the NFL and, to be frank, aren’t separated by much. Sure, you’ll be able to make the case for one over the opposite, but at the top of the day, you are especially hopeful they haven’t got to see prolonged motion. They’re listed roughly so as of preference:

Colt McCoy (Cardinals), Drew Lock/Geno Smith (Seahawks), Chad Henne (Chiefs), Chase Daniel (Chargers), C.J. Beathard (Jaguars), Brandon Allen (Bengals), Josh Johnson/Brett Rypien (Broncos), Kyle Allen (Texans), Blaine Gabbert (Buccaneers), Trevor Siemian (Bears), Brian Hoyer (Patriots), Joe Flacco (Jets), Jarrett Stidham (Raiders), Cooper Rush (Cowboys), John Wolford (Rams), Sean Mannion (Vikings), David Blough (Lions)

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