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10 Starting NFL QBs Destined For Backup Roles in 2014

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10 NFL QBs Destined For Backup Roles Next Season

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There's not much debate when it comes to the most important position in football, it's QB. So by default, the backup QB position is also incredibly important. If the starting signal-caller goes down with an injury, how good is the guy behind him? If he's more than serviceable, the team's chances of survival without the regular starter go up greatly.

This year the Chicago Bears have shown us how important the backup QB position really is on a roster. Josh McCown stepped in for Jay Cutler on a couple of occasions and kept the Bears afloat. He played so well, that it's actually still being debated in Chicago who the better man for the job is. I suppose it's a good problem to have if you're the Bears, but it's also going to make things tough if Cutler is struggling and McCown is in the bullpen. But to this point, all signs point to the Bears sticking with Cutler.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are plenty of QBs that have started games this year, that won't be doing the same in 2014. Many guys across the NFL have played their way out of jobs this season and now will be looking for a new employer next year. It certainly goes both ways when it comes to starters and backups in the NFL.

So after looking across the league at QBs who have started games in 2013, I decided to put together a list of those destined for backup roles in 2014. Sure, they could end up with another starting gig, but more than likely, these 10 guys will be holding clipboards to kick off next season:

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Josh Freeman

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It's really hard to see Freeman getting a starting job right out of the gate in 2014. He played poorly for two teams in 2013 and it's possible that his time in the NFL has passed him by.

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Brandon Weeden

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The former first round pick is likely done in Cleveland and could be holding a clipboard near you next season.

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Matt Schaub

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Schaub will make a solid backup QB for a team in need next year.

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Matt McGloin

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McGloin showed that he might have what it takes to start in the NFL this season. However, he hasn't shown enough to warrant a starting job in 2014. But things could certainly change.

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Mark Sanchez

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I think the Sanchize's shoulder injury saved his career. Instead of running it into the ground this season in New York, he's now likely headed to the free agent market with a clean slate in 2014.

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Michael Vick

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Vick has the best chance of any QB on this list to start somewhere next season. He says he views himself as a starter, so it's just a matter of a team willing to take a risk on him.

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Chad Henne

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Henne has played well for the Jaguars in 2013, but I think they go in a completely different direction next season. On top of that, he's set to be an UFA.

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Christian Ponder

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Ponder's run in Minneapolis is all but over. Will another team be willing to take a chance on him? Sure, but they wont' trust him with more than a clipboard.

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Case Keenum

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Keenum had a promising start to his NFL career in Houston this season. But as of late, things have come unraveled. In eight career starts, Keenum is now 0-8.

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Blaine Gabbert

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This guy was once projected to be a future star in the NFL. Now, he'd be lucky to land a backup role if the Jags cut him loose.