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The backup QB quiz: Can you name each NFL team’s second-stringer?

Drew Brees. Eli Manning. Ben Roethlisberger. The list goes on.

For one reason or another, starting quarterbacks around the NFL are heading to the bench at an alarming rate. Not every team has a Plan B like the Eagles did in 2017 with Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, but can your favorite squad survive without its starter? Better yet, do you even know the name of your team’s backup QB?

Sporting News is here to put your knowledge to the test. We’ve compiled the quarterback depth chart for every NFL team. The starters are already listed, but it’s on you to fill in the gaps for the second- and third-stringers. (And, yes, these are all real NFL players.)

Good luck on the quest to name the league’s second-best.

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  • Arizona Cardinals

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Cardinals?

    1. Kyler Murray

    2. ???

  • Answer

    1. Kyler Murray

    2. Brett Hundley

    Hundley played in 15 games for the Packers over the course of the 2016 and 2017 seasons, throwing for 1,853 yards, nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Let’s try to keep Kyler healthy, guys.

  • Atlanta Falcons

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Falcons?

    1. Matt Ryan

    2. ???

  • Answer

    1. Matt Ryan

    2. Matt Schaub

    Matts on Matts on Matts. After being selected by the Falcons in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft, Schaub is back in Atlanta behind Ryan. Schaub enjoyed a few good years with the Texans, so he’s far from the worst backup option in the league.

  • Baltimore Ravens

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Ravens?

    1. Lamar Jackson

    2. ???

    3. ???

  • Answer

    1. Lamar Jackson

    2. Robert Griffin III

    3. Trace McSorley

    Griffin makes a great deal of sense in the Ravens’ system considering he is (theoretically) a dual-threat quarterback like Jackson. Baltimore also has McSorley in the last row of the car should Griffin revert back tothe NFL’s Mr. Glass.

  • Buffalo Bills

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Bills?

    1. Josh Allen

    2. ???

  • Answer

    1. Josh Allen

    2. Matt Barkley

    Barkley is still an all-timer for “looks like a star quarterback out of a Hollywood script,” but if the former USC star isactually on the field, it’s probably not going to end well (10 touchdowns, 18 interceptions, 68.3 rating for his career).

  • Carolina Panthers

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Panthers?

    1. Cam Newton

    2. ???

    3. ???

  • Answer

    1. Cam Newton

    2. Kyle Allen

    3. Will Grier

    It’s difficult to say how long Newton may deal with injury trouble throughout the season, but it’s clear Allen must be ready to step up with the first team. He doesn’t have much pro experience, but Allen did look fantastic in his lone career start last December in a 33-14 win over the Saints (228 yards, three totaltouchdowns, no interceptions).

  • Chicago Bears

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Bears?

    1. Mitchell Trubisky

    2. ???

  • Answer

    1. Mitchell Trubisky

    2. Chase Daniel

    On his fourth team (Saints, Chiefs, Eagles, Bears), Daniel is a career backup with an uninspiring resume (104-for-154 passing, 995 yards, four touchdowns, three interceptions). So, it’s fine, I guess?

  • Cincinnati Bengals

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Bengals?

    1. Andy Dalton

    2. ???

    3. ???

  • Answer

    1. Andy Dalton

    2. Ryan Finley

    3.Jake Dolegala

    The Bengals selected Finley in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, so he has yet to throw a pass in a regular-season game.Dolegala also has zero pro experience. Dalton needs to stay healthy.

  • Cleveland Browns

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Browns?

    1. Baker Mayfield

    2. ???

  • Answer

    1. Baker Mayfield

    2. Garrett Gilbert

    Good news: Gilbert has a career rating of 109.7. Bad news: He’s 2-for-3 for 40 yards.

  • Dallas Cowboys

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Cowboys?

    1. Dak Prescott

    2. ???

  • Answer

    1. Dak Prescott

    2. Cooper Rush

    The Central Michigan product is 1-for-3 in his career for a whopping two yards. With a name like that, he missed his calling as a NASCAR driver.

  • Denver Broncos

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Broncos?

    1. Joe Flacco

    2. ???

  • Answer

    1. Joe Flacco

    2. Brandon Allen

    A former sixth-round pick, Allen has yet to enter a meaningfulNFL game. He got bumped up the depth chart after Drew Lock went down with a thumb injury.

  • Detroit Lions

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Lions?

    1. Matthew Stafford

    2. ???

    3. ???

  • Answer

    1. Matthew Stafford

    2. David Blough

    3. Jeff Driskel

    The Lions dropped Josh Johnson and added Driskel, who played nine games for the Bengals last season (105-for-176, 1,003 yards, six touchdowns, two interceptions). Blough is the No. 2 for now, but he’s also a rookie. Driskel could be the true backup once he learns Detroit’s system.

  • Green Bay Packers

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Packers?

    1. Aaron Rodgers

    2. ???

  • Answer

    1. Aaron Rodgers

    2. Tim Boyle

    No career passes for Boyle. The Packers’ backup plan if Rodgers isn’t available? Be really bad.

  • Houston Texans

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Texans?

    1. Deshaun Watson

    2. ???

    3. ???

  • Answer

    1. Deshaun Watson

    2. AJ McCarron

    3. Alex McGough

    McCarron had a nice run in 2015 with the Bengals, throwing for 854 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions on 119 attempts. He hasn’t done much since that season, though, with only 17 total attempts since 2016. McGough is a person. Protect Watson at all costs.

  • Indianapolis Colts

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Colts?

    1. Jacoby Brissett

    2. ???

  • Answer

    1. Jacoby Brissett

    2. Brian Hoyer

    Following Andrew Luck’s shocking retirement, Brissett suddenly found himself as Indy’s starter. Hoyer is a decent backup option with nearly 10,000 career yards and 48 touchdowns to his credit.

  • Jacksonville Jaguars

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Jaguars?

    1. Gardner Minshew

    2. ???

  • Answer

    1. Gardner Minshew

    2. Joshua Dobbs

    Nick Foles is stuck on IR, so Minshew is the starter for the foreseeable future. He …might be good? He’s got a 111.8 rating through two games. Dobbs was sent from Pittsburgh to Jacksonville in a trade earlier this season, but he shouldn’t have trouble figuring out the Jags’ playbook — it’s not rocket science! No, really,he is an actual rocket scientist.

  • Kansas City Chiefs

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Chiefs?

    1. Patrick Mahomes

    2. ???

  • Answer

    1. Patrick Mahomes

    2. Matt Moore

    Fun fact: Moore has been an NFL quarterback since 2007. He has 45 career touchdown passes to 36 interceptions. Mahomes went for 50 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season. Yeah, a Mahomes injury would not be ideal.

  • Los Angeles Chargers

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Chargers?

    1. Philip Rivers

    2. ???

    3. ???

  • Answer

    1. Philip Rivers

    2. Tyrod Taylor

    3. Easton Stick

    Taylor has been consistent with his opportunities. He won’t blow you away with explosive plays, but he doesn’t turn the ball over (20 interceptions on 1,356 attempts). Stick should have been a hockey player. Come on, Mr. and Mrs. Stick.

  • Los Angeles Rams

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Rams?

    1. Jared Goff

    2. ???

  • Answer

    1. Jared Goff

    2. Blake Bortles

    Bortles Service, baby. The former Jaguars starter wasn’t elite in Jacksonville by any stretch of the imagination, but he did lead a team to the AFC championship game. He’s certainly a respectable backup.

  • Miami Dolphins

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Dolphins?

    1. Ryan Fitzpatrick

    2. ???

  • Answer

    1. Ryan Fitzpatrick

    2. Josh Rosen

    Miami’s 2019 campaign is going to be a nightmare, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Rosen supplant Fitzpatrick in the near future. It’s worth seeing what the 22-year-old can do.

  • Minnesota Vikings

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Vikings?

    1. Kirk Cousins

    2. ???

  • Answer

    1. Kirk Cousins

    2. Sean Mannion

    Mannion is a 6-6, 230-pound quarterback with zero touchdown passes in 53 attempts. That’s all I’ve got for you.

  • New England Patriots

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Patriots?

    1. Tom Brady

    2. ???

  • Answer

    1. Tom Brady

    2. Jarrett Stidham

    Stidham is only a rookie QB and would be under a lot of pressure to replace the greatest quarterback of all time. But Bill Belichick is a football genius, so …no, that’s too far.

  • New Orleans Saints

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Saints?

    1. Drew Brees

    2. ???

    3. ???

  • Answer

    1. Drew Brees

    2. Teddy Bridgewater

    3. Taysom Hill

    The Saints aren’t placing Brees on the IR after thumb surgery, so we’ve kept him as the starter. Sean Payton plans to use both Bridgewater and Hill in Brees’ absence, so expect a lot more wild formations as part ofNew Orleans’ offensive gameplan.

  • New York Giants

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Giants?

    1. Daniel Jones

    2. ???

    3. ???

  • Answer

    1. Daniel Jones

    2. Eli Manning

    3. Alex Tanney

    Welcome to the club, Eli! At this point, we know what to expect from Manning should Jones go down. Tanney hasn’t thrown a pass since 2015. Just give it to Saquon Barkley every play.

  • New York Jets

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Jets?

    1. Sam Darnold

    2. ???

    3. ???

    4. ???

  • Answer

    1. Sam Darnold

    2. Trevor Siemian

    3. Luke Falk

    4. David Fales

    Darnold is out with mono (but should return soon), Siemian is onIR (and might be out for the year), Falk is suddenly the starter and Fales was recently added as Falk’s backup. This is the most depressing game of musical chairs.

  • Oakland Raiders

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Raiders?

    1. Derek Carr

    2. ???

    3. ???

  • Answer

    1. Derek Carr

    2. Mike Glennon

    3. DeShone Kizer

    After stints with the Bucs, Bears and Cardinals, Glennon appears to beready to bounce around the league as long as teams will keep offering him deals. He would likely put the Raiders in a better position to succeed than Kizer, who has thrown only 11 touchdowns and 24 interceptions over 18 games.

  • Philadelphia Eagles

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Eagles?

    1. Carson Wentz

    2. ???

    3. ???

  • Answer

    1. Carson Wentz

    2. Josh McCown

    3. Nate Sudfeld

    Yes, McCown is still going strong in 2019. The 40-year-old quarterback has more experience than any other second-stringer in the NFL, but Philly would prefere Wentz stay under center. Sudfeld comes witha “break glass in case of emergency” label.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Steelers?

    1. Mason Rudolph

    2. ???

  • Answer

    1. Mason Rudolph

    2. Devlin Hodges

    We’ve removed Ben Roethlisberger from the depth chart because he will not return in 2019. That leaves Rudolph, a third-rounder from the 2018 NFL Draft, and Hodges, who has not thrown an NFL pass. JuJu Smith-Schuster fantasy football owners are trembling.

  • San Francisco 49ers

    Who is the backup quarterback for the 49ers?

    1. Jimmy Garoppolo

    2. ???

    3. ???

  • Answer

    1. Jimmy Garoppolo

    2. Nick Mullens

    3. CJ Beathard

    If Garoppolo suffers another injury, San Francisco won’t suddenly drop off the edge of a cliff. Mullens was solid in eight games last season (2,277 yards, 13 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 90.8 rating) and finished fifth in yards per pass attempt. In addition to football, Beathard also plays the drums for Fall Out Boy. (That’s not true. It seems like it should be, though, right?)

  • Seattle Seahawks

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Seahawks?

    1. Russell Wilson

    2. ???

  • Answer

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Seahawks?

    1. Russell Wilson

    2. Geno Smith

    Smith has thrown for 29 touchdowns to 36 interceptions in his career with a poor 57.7 completion percentage on 906 attempts. Safe to say Seattle shouldn’t expect scintillating results should he sub in.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Buccaneers?

    1. Jameis Winston

    2. ???

    3. ???

  • Answer

    1. Jameis Winston

    2. Ryan Griffin

    3. Blaine Gabbert

    Gabbert suffered a shoulder injury in the preseason, so Griffin is the temporary backup for Winston. Griffin has not thrown a pass in the NFL. Winston’s job is probably safe.

  • Tennessee Titans

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Titans?

    1. Marcus Mariota

    2. ???

  • Answer

    1. Marcus Mariota

    2. Ryan Tannehill

    While he never elevated his game beyond average during his time in Miami, Tannehill is a competent backup for Tennessee. He has thrown for more than 20,000 yards and 123 touchdowns in his six seasons as a starter.

  • Washington Redskins

    Who is the backup quarterback for the Redskins?

    1. Case Keenum

    2. ???

    3. ???

  • Answer

    1. Case Keenum

    2. Dwayne Haskins

    3. Colt McCoy

    McCoy has been dealing with a leg injury, leaving Keenum as the starter and Haskins as Washington’s No. 2 quarterback. Haskins was selected at No. 15 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, so he is viewed as the QB of the future. It’s just a matter of when he takes the field.



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