Who are the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL?
The 10 Best Backup QBs in the NFL
No team wants to lose their starter, but some teams are more prepared than others. Who are the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL?
10. Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars
He may just be a rookie, but has quickly been thrown into the fire with Nick Foles' collarbone injury.
In his first two games, Minshew hasn't disappointed. He's thrown for 488 yards, three touchdowns, and just one interception in two games of action. If he keeps his solid play up, the Jaguars may have a tough decision to make when Foles returns.
9. Blake Bortles, Los Angeles Rams
Yes, we're being serious. Bortles was often the butt of all jokes during his time in Jacksonville but has actually had spurts where he was quite impressive.
Just two years ago, he was at the helm for a Jaguars team that was a couple plays away from a Super Bowl appearance. Now, he's Jared Goff's backup and coached by one of th e brightest minds in football in Sean McVay.
What other team has a backup QB on their roster who's thrown 35 touchdown passes in a season?
8. Mason Rudolph, Pittsburgh Steelers
The often-forgotten quarterback from the loaded 2017 NFL Draft, Mason Rudolph will finally have his chance to start for the Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger sidelined for the rest of 2019.
In limited game action, the Oklahoma State product has impressed. Now, he has a whole season to show the Pittsburgh brass what he's capable of.
7. Matt Moore, Kansas City Chiefs
The 35-year-old has made a career of being a solid backup quarterback. He spent the last eight seasons as the Dolphins backup and has saw action almost every year.
His career numbers: 46 touchdowns, 35 interceptions. Not bad.
6. Brian Hoyer, Indianapolis Colts
Hoyer has spent much of his career treading the line between a quality backup and a fringe starter. He even had one season where he led the Browns to seven wins as the starter. There are few players teams would rather have in the backup role.
The Patriots chose rookie Jarrett Stidham to be Tom Brady's backup this season, releasing Hoyer during final cuts. He was immediately picked up by the Colts.
With Jacoby Brissett now the starter in Indianapolis, Hoyer will backup his former New England Patriots teammate.
5. Nick Mullens, San Francisco 49ers
A year ago, Mullens was an unknown. Undrafted in 2017, he was cut by the 49ers. third-string QB behind Jimmy Garoppolo and C.J. Beathard. After the two were each injured, Mullens got his shot.
In eight games as the starter, Mullens was solid. He threw for 13 touchdowns to 10 interceptions, earning three wins. He's not a starting QB in the league yet, but has proven he can be in spurts if needed. He's still only 24 years old.
4. Teddy Bridgewater, New Orleans Saints
Teddy Bridgewater was on the verge of being the Vikings franchise quarterback until a catastrophic knee injury derailed his career. He signed with the Jets last offseason and impressed during the preseason enough that the Saints traded for some Drew Brees insurance.
Bridgewater is by no means Drew Brees, but he can certainly run the Saints offense if their future Hall of Fame QB were to go down.
3. Josh Rosen, Miami Dolphins
Rosen was one of the many coveted quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft, as the Arizona Cardinals selected him with the No. 10 overall pick. But a year later, they took Kyler Murray first overall and shipped Rosen to South Beach after just one season.
His NFL career may not have started the way he imagined, but Rosen still has plenty of potential. With Miami embracing the tank in 2019, it will only be a matter of time before Rosen starts. After all, he could impress enough for Miami to draft a different position come next April.
2. Tyrod Taylor, Los Angeles Chargers
A longtime backup in Baltimore, Taylor was given the opportunity to start in both Buffalo and Cleveland. After initially impressing in Buffalo, they decided to cut ties with him after 2017. In 2018, he was the Week 1 starter for the Browns, but was replaced by Baker Mayfield in Week 3 after suffering an injury. He never got his job back.
Now behind Phillip Rivers, the Chargers hope Taylor never has to see the field. But over the years, Taylor has proved he can be more than just a serviceable quarterback.
1. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans
After six seasons in South Beach, the Dolphins decided to go a different direction at quarterback. A direction that will fully embrace the tank.
At this point in their careers, Tannehill is a far better option than either Ryan Fitzpatrick or Josh Rosen, the two QBs Miami currently employs.
Now, he'll be Marcus Mariota's backup in Tennessee. Mariota enters a contract year in 2019, and Tannehill could see some time if the starter doesn't play up to par.