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Page 2's Backup Quarterback Rankings!

Originally Published: September 22, 2010
By Thomas Neumann | Page 2

Trent Edwards, Tim Tebow, Kevin KolbESPN.com Illustration

Other weeks' rankings:
Sept. 15 | Sept. 22 | Sept. 29 | Oct. 6 | BYE | Oct. 22 | Oct. 28 | Nov. 4 | INACTIVE | Nov. 18


After just two weeks, the NFL's quarterback carousel is already in overdrive. Changes have been made in Carolina, Philadelphia and Buffalo, and controversy is bubbling on several other teams.

How will this shake up Page 2's Backup Quarterback Rankings from last week to this week? Read on and find out.


1. Kevin Kolb

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
10
-1
6
9
24

Kevin Kolb

Kolb cements his grip on the clipboard and moves up two spots
to No. 1. "I actually think this helps Kevin Kolb's maturation process," Eagles coach Andy Reid said at a news conference to announce Kolb's new role. "The future is bright for Kevin Kolb."


2. Tim Tebow

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
10
-3
3:16
10
20

Tim Tebow

After taking the field for three plays in Week 1, Tebow did not play on Sunday. Still, Page 2 would like to congratulate Tebow for
edging out Jared Lorenzen to earn that lucrative Jockey endorsement. Meantime, Florida seems to miss Tebow's influence.


3. Matt Leinart

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
8
-4
6
9
19

Matt Leinart

Hot tub. Hot-tuh. A fulla water. I say hot tub. Day-bah, very, very hot. Say hot tub. Gonna getcha hot-tuh. Gonna make ya sweat. Hey, say hot tub. Rub-a-dub in the hot tub. Rub-a-dub with me. Should I get in the hot tub? Yeah! Will it make me sweat? Yeah! Should I get in the hot tub? Yeah! Will it make me wet? Yeah!


4. Jeff Hostetler

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
7
-3
6
8
18

Jeff Hostetler

We're approaching the 20th anniversary of Hostetler piloting the Giants to their second Super Bowl championship in place of the injured Phil Simms. Likewise, Page 2 simply can't wait to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lawrence Taylor's awesome flat-top.


5. Nate and Nick Montana

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
9
-7
7
7
16

Nick Montana

Neither of Hall of Famer Joe Montana's sons figure to see the field this week, leaving the brothers plenty of time to socialize with large numbers of co-eds who are impressed by their famous father apply themselves to challenging academic pursuits.


6. Trent Edwards

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
8
-6
7
6
15

Trent Edwards

Just a week ago, Edwards was an upwardly mobile young professional with a degree from Stanford. Next thing he knows, some whiz from Harvard takes his job. Just goes to show that nothing can be taken for granted on Wall Street in the NFL.


7. Colt and Case McCoy

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
7
-6
5
7
13

Colt McCoy

Jake Delhomme is nursing an ankle injury and might not be back for Sunday's game at Baltimore, which only loosens Colt's grip on the clipboard behind Seneca Wallace. Meantime, younger brother Case will likely be Garrett Gilbert's caddie at Texas for some time.


8. Kyle Boller

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
7
-6
5
6
12

Kyle Boller

While Jason Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski squabble over the starting role, Boller provides unquestioned stability on the bench. Plus, Boller played at Cal, so he can happily point teammates and coaches to all the best restaurants the East Bay has to offer.


9. Matt Moore

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
6
-8
7
6
11

Matt Moore

As predicted in this space last week, it proved too much for Moore to hold off the precocious Jimmy Clausen. Moore can now focus on recovering from injury and being ready when John Fox taps Moore to replace the soon-to-be floundering Clausen in Week 8.


10. Kerry Collins

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
3
-9
8
8
10

Kerry Collins

Crank up the Foghat, because this graybeard didn't look half bad in mopping up for Vince Young against the Steelers on Sunday. Collins will likely have trouble climbing the Backup QB Rankings, though, because he pulls down the paycheck of a starter.


Promoted to starter from last week's rankings: Jimmy Clausen, Panthers.

Dropped out of rankings: David Carr, 49ers; Steve Bono, seven teams; Curtis Painter, Colts.


Thomas Neumann is an editor for Page 2.


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