Here's a full list of NFL backup quarterbacks for 2021


For the first time this season, Minshew Mania is back. 

Gardner Minshew will be the starter for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday with Jalen Hurts ruled out with an illness, according to Derrick Gunn

After being acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars in August, Minshew has served as Hurts’ backup for the season. He made one appearance in Week 8, completing two passes on two attempts for 11 yards in the Eagles’ 44-6 win over the Lions. This will be Minshew’s first start in the NFL since Week 14 of the 2020 season. 

Looking at some of the other backup QB situations, the New York Giants will turn to Mike Glennon with Daniel Jones out, Andy Dalton will start for the Chicago Bears with Justin Fields still out and Colt McCoy may be getting another game if Kyler Murray can’t return for the Arizona Cardinals. 

Who is each NFL team’s backup quarterback?

There are 17 signal-callers who have made at least one start after entering the 2021 season as a backup: Seattle's Geno Smith, Washington’s Taylor Heinicke, Houston’s Davis Mills, Miami’s Jacoby Brissett, Chicago’s Justin Fields, San Francisco’s Trey Lance, Cleveland's Case Keenum, Dallas' Cooper Rush, New York's Mike White, New York’s Joe Flacco, New Orleans' Trevor Siemian, Green Bay's Jordan Love, Arizona's Colt McCoy, Carolina's P.J. Walker, Carolina’s Cam Newton, Pittsburgh's Mason Rudolph and Detroit’s Tim Boyle. With Glennon and Minshew starting in Week 13, that number will be bumped to 19. 


Here’s an updated look at all of the quarterback rooms across the NFL (* = backup currently filling in for injured starter):

Arizona Cardinals

Starter: Kyler Murray

Backups: Colt McCoy, Chris Streveler

Atlanta Falcons

Starter: Matt Ryan

Backups: Josh Rosen, Feleipe Franks, AJ McCarron (IR)

Baltimore Ravens

Starter: Lamar Jackson

Backup: Tyler Huntley

Buffalo Bills

Starter: Josh Allen

Backup: Mitch Trubisky

Carolina Panthers

Starter: Sam Darnold (out with injury)

Backup: Cam Newton, P.J. Walker 

Chicago Bears

Starter: Justin Fields (out with injury)

Backups: Andy Dalton*, Nick Foles

Cincinnati Bengals

Starter: Joe Burrow

Backup: Brandon Allen

Cleveland Browns

Starter: Baker Mayfield

Backup: Case Keenum

Dallas Cowboys

Starter: Dak Prescott

Backups: Cooper Rush, Will Grier

Denver Broncos

Starter: Teddy Bridgewater

Backups: Drew Lock, Brett Rypien

Detroit Lions

Starter: Jared Goff

Backups: David Blough, Tim Boyle

Green Bay Packers

Starter: Aaron Rodgers

Backup: Jordan Love

Houston Texans

Starter: Tyrod Taylor

Backups: Davis Mills, Deshaun Watson

Indianapolis Colts

Starter: Carson Wentz

Backups: Brett Hundley, Jacob Eason, Sam Ehlinger

Jacksonville Jaguars

Starter: Trevor Lawrence

Backup: C.J. Beathard

Kansas City Chiefs

Starter: Patrick Mahomes

Backup: Chad Henne

Las Vegas Raiders

Starter: Derek Carr

Backups: Nathan Peterman, Marcus Mariota

Los Angeles Chargers

Starter: Justin Herbert

Backups: Chase Daniel, Easton Stick

Los Angeles Rams

Starter: Matthew Stafford

Backups: John Wolford, Bryce Perkins

Miami Dolphins

Starter: Tua Tagovailoa

Backups: Jacoby Brissett, Reid Sinnett

Minnesota Vikings

Starter: Kirk Cousins

Backups: Sean Mannion, Kellen Mond, Nate Stanley (IR)

New England Patriots

Starter: Mac Jones

Backups: Brian Hoyer, Jarrett Stidham

New Orleans Saints

Starter: Jameis Winston (IR)

Backups: Taysom Hill, Trevor Siemian, Ian Book

New York Giants 

Starter: Daniel Jones (out with injury)

Backup: Mike Glennon*

New York Jets

Starter: Zach Wilson

Backups: Mike White, Joe Flacco

Philadelphia Eagles

Starter: Jalen Hurts (out with injury)

Backup: Gardner Minshew II*

Pittsburgh Steelers

Starter: Ben Roethlisberger

Backups: Mason Rudolph, Dwayne Haskins, Joshua Dobbs

San Francisco 49ers

Starter: Jimmy Garoppolo

Backup: Trey Lance

Seattle Seahawks

Starter: Russell Wilson

Backup: Geno Smith

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Starter: Tom Brady

Backups: Blaine Gabbert, Kyle Trask

Tennessee Titans

Starter: Ryan Tannehill

Backup: Logan Woodside

Washington Football Team

Starter: Ryan Fitzpatrick (IR)

Backups: Taylor Heinicke*, Kyle Allen