Backup QBs on the move

Matt Flynn

The QB carrousel in the NFL has been working overtime, especially when it comes to backups.

While the moves of Alex Smith (49ers to Chiefs), Carson Palmer (Raiders to Cardinals) and Matt Flynn (Seahawks to Raiders) into likely starting jobs have generated the most interest, even more interesting is the activity when it comes to the No. 2 spot at the No. 1 position.

Check out these teams that have made moves with their backups:

Team                  Backup was                             Backup is

Cardinals            Kevin Kolb/John Skelton       Drew Stanton

Falcons               Luke McCown                         Dominique Davis

Buffalo               Tyler Thigpen                          Tarvaris Jackson

Bengals               Bruce Gradkowski                 John Skelton/Josh Johnson

Browns               Colt McCoy                              Jason Campbell

Bears                   Jason Campbell                      Josh McCown

Colts                    Drew Stanton                         Matt Hasselbeck

Chiefs                  Brady Quinn                           Chase Daniel

Jets                      Greg McElroy                         David Garrard

Vikings                Joe Webb                                Matt Cassel

Saints                  Chase Daniel                           Luke McCown

Steelers              Charlie Batch                           Bruce Gradkowski

49ers                   Alex Smith                               Colt McCoy

Seahawks           Matt Flynn                               To be determined

Buccaneers        Dan Orlovsky                           To be determined

Titans                  Matt Hasselbeck                    Ryan Fitzpatrick

Which teams improved themselves the most in all this shuffling? Don Banks at SI.com weighs in with his rankings, which have Fitzpatrick, Cassel, Hasselbeck, Garrard and Campbell in the Top 5 – and in that order.


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