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2014 NFL Training Camp: 5 Backup QBs To Keep An Eye On

2014 NFL Training Camp: 5 Backup QBs To Keep An Eye On
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The most important position on a football team is obviously the starting quarterback. A team’s success or lack thereof will always be linked to the starting quarterback.

But, what if the starting quarterback can’t go for whatever reason? What then? Well, then I hope that your team invested wisely in a backup quarterback.

For that reason I bring to you this list of five backup quarterbacks to keep an eye on at training camp.

Brandon Weeden, QB, Dallas Cowboys

2014 NFL Training Camp: 5 Backup QBs To Keep An Eye On
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Brandon Weeden, QB, Dallas Cowboys

2014 NFL Training Camp: 5 Backup QBs To Keep An Eye On
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Now that the Kyle Orton fiasco is over, Brandon Weeden is poised to be the backup quarterback in Dallas. He was awful in Cleveland, but then again, I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been. Keep an eye on Weeden because I think he’ll be staring for the Cowboys before the season is over.

Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders

2014 NFL Training Camp: 5 Backup QBs To Keep An Eye On
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Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders

2014 NFL Training Camp: 5 Backup QBs To Keep An Eye On
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It appears that Oakland’s starting quarterback gig is Matt Schaub’s to lose. That being said, Derek Carr looked good during minicamp and OTAs. Let’s face it; Schaub isn’t the long-term solution in Oakland, so this makes for an interesting battle to watch.

Michael Vick, QB, New York Jets

2014 NFL Training Camp: 5 Backup QBs To Keep An Eye On
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Michael Vick, QB, New York Jets

2014 NFL Training Camp: 5 Backup QBs To Keep An Eye On
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At times, Geno Smith looked good for the Jets, but more often than not, he looked bad. I’m not ready to throw in the towel on Smith, but I think that Vick has a legit shot at unseating him as the starter for the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!

Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

2014 NFL Training Camp: 5 Backup QBs To Keep An Eye On
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Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

2014 NFL Training Camp: 5 Backup QBs To Keep An Eye On
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Jaguars coach Gus Bradley was quick to say that Bortles, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, would sit the entire year behind Chad Henne. I, however, think that Bortles is the Jaguars best bet at winning. I don’t know if Bradley will stick to his guns, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Bortles finds himself starting in 2014.

Johnny Manziel, QB, Cleveland Browns

2014 NFL Training Camp: 5 Backup QBs To Keep An Eye On
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Johnny Manziel, QB, Cleveland Browns

2014 NFL Training Camp: 5 Backup QBs To Keep An Eye On
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The Browns want to go with Brian Hoyer as their starter in 2014, but I highly doubt that will be the case. In fact, I think that Johnny Manziel will, and should, beat Hoyer out in training camp.