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10 Quarterbacks Trying To Make An Impression During 2014 NFL Preseason

10 Quarterbacks Trying To Make An Impression During The NFL Preseason

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The NFL preseason is essentially a four-week long tryout for players who might not necessarily have a starting role cemented and need to showcase their skills. Position battles are what make the preseason great. Here's a look at 10 QB's who will try to make an undeniable impression over the course of the next four weeks.

10. Matt Flynn

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10. Matt Flynn

 Green Bay Packers Matt Flynn
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Flynn started his career in Green Bay and returned last season after bouncing around the NFL for a few years. The Packers' backup QB role is incredibly important as documented in 2013 when the team essentially fell apart without Aaron Rodgers. Flynn is fighting with Scott Tolzien for the job and needs to separate himself from the competition with a strong preseason showing.

9. Charlie Whitehurst

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9. Charlie Whitehurst

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Whitehurst could easily end up as the Tennessee Titans' starting QB if Jake Locker cannot get his act together in 2014. Whitehurst has been a heralded backup at times in his career with Seattle and San Diego, and probably gives head coach Ken Whisenhunt the ability to have a quick hook with his starter.

8. Case Keenum

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8. Case Keenum

Houston Texans Case Keenum
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Keenum mainly struggled in Houston after taking over for Matt Schaub in 2013 despite a few solid outings, and he lost his starting role to Ryan Fitzpatrick after the Texans signed him over the offseason. Houston drafted Tom Savage in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft, so at this point, Keenum needs a strong preseason just to cement his role as Fitzpatrick's backup.

7. Mike Glennon

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7. Mike Glennon

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Glennon
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Glennon did a respectable job quarterbacking a team in turmoil in 2013 with the Buccaneers. New head coach Lovie Smith has a rapport with Josh McCown from their time together in Chicago with the Bears, which undoubtedly hurts Glennon's chances of getting back into a starting role. But a strong preseason bodes well for Glennon's intentions on taking over for McCown if he starts to struggle in 2014.

6. E.J. Manuel

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6. E.J. Manuel

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Manuel hopes to put his dreadful rookie campaign behind him and start anew in 2014. The Bills have enough offensive talent to mask his struggles for a bit, but the team cannot win many games if Manuel's season resembles what happened in 2013. He really needs to get off to a fast start during the preseason.

5. Brian Hoyer

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5. Brian Hoyer

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Hoyer was having a solid 2013 season prior to being injured, but he finds himself in a difficult situation with one of the most popular athletes in America, Johnny Manziel, breathing down his neck for the starting job. Hoyer really needs to have a huge preseason to quiet the fans and media alike who will be clamoring for Manziel to start Week 1 of the regular season.

4. Blake Bortles

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4. Blake Bortles

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Bortles ironically was the highest QB taken in the 2014 NFL draft at third overall by the Jaguars, yet gets the least attention of the entire QB class. Jacksonville intends on starting the veteran Chad Henne in the regular season, but if Bortles looks terrific over the course of the next four weeks, one has to wonder if the team could change its mind and give Bortles the promotion earlier than expected.

3. Teddy Bridgewater

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3. Teddy Bridgewater

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Bridgewater could be starting at QB for the Minnesota Vikings within a couple of weeks into the regular season if Matt Cassell gets off to a tough start. A strong performance in the preseason will make it easier for the Vikings' brass to pull the plug on Cassel and insert Bridgewater into the role.

2. Geno Smith

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2. Geno Smith

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Smith needs to put his putrid rookie campaign in 2013 behind him and never think of it again. Geno undoubtedly has more talent than he displayed last season and he has an ability to gain yards by running, which he needs to use more often. The preseason is the perfect time to try new plays, and with some solid offseason offensive acquisitions, Smith should feel less pressure in 2014.

1. Johnny Manziel

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1. Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns Johnny Manziel
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Manziel easily carries the most hype for a QB making the transition from college to the pros since Tim Tebow, and at times it seems he is equally as popular. If Manziel plays well in the preseason, it's going to be nearly impossible for the Browns to start the season with Hoyer. Manziel is a fierce competitor and he will be starting in Cleveland before too long into the fall, if not earlier.

Timothy Downs is a St. Louis Rams/NFL writer for RantSports.com. You can add him on Google or follow on Twitter @Tidow1212.