Kirk Cousins and the 5 Backup QBs With the Most To Prove in Week 15
Kirk Cousins and 5 Backup QBs With Much To Prove in Week 15
2013 has been the year of the backup quarterback. With numerous starters going down across the league for a variety of reasons, backups have been getting many chances to show off their skills. Most notably, Robert Griffin III has been benched in favor of Kirk Cousins in Washington.
Mike Shanahan has made the call to put RG3 on the bench, because he says he doesn't want him to get hurt and potentially alter the future of the franchise. At 3-8 the Redskins aren't going anywhere this season, so it would be absolutely terrible if Griffin went down with another serious injury.
Now Cousins will get a shot to show what he can do. I don't think there's any chance he will win the Washington starting job over RG3, but I do think that the front office folks are beginning to open up to the concept of trading him. The Redskins don't have a first round pick in 2014 (because of the RG3 trade) and they have no money to spend in free agency. They could really use a high draft pick in exchange for Cousins.
In Chicago, there's another backup QB situation involving Josh McCown and Jay Cutler. It's a different situation because Cutler is hurt, but McCown is making it interesting because he's been playing so well. It's seems likely that Cutler will return in week 15 or 16, but it's still very possible that McCown could see a lot of field time in 2013.
So besides Cousins, who are the NFL backup QBs with the most to prove in week 15? Let's take a look a five guys with plenty on the line:
The future of the Texans is very much up in the air right now. Gary Kubiak has been fired and Matt Schaub likely won't be back in 2014 either. After seven career starts, the Texans definitely aren't sold on Keenum. Can he make a case for being the QB in Houston moving forward?
It's been QB musical chairs in Minnesota all season long and it's Cassel's turn once again in week 15 to guide the ship. Can he make a case to be in the QB conversation for the Vikings once again in 2014? Or will he draw the interest of another team?
Flynn is still out to prove that he deserves a job in the NFL. He's been on four different teams in 2013 and you have to wonder how long he'll keep getting picked up for if his mediocre play continues.
McCloin is trying to make his case for being the Raiders starting QB heading into 2014. He's done decent so far this season in four starts, comping a completion percentage of 57.1, while tossing for 1,044 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions.
Campbell is still under contract for another year with the Browns, but his future is still very uncertain. Will he be kept on as a backup or will he be shown the door? He'll make the Browns' decision a lot tougher if he plays well the rest of the way in 2013.