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Page 2's Backup Quarterback Rankings!

Originally Published: September 29, 2010
By Thomas Neumann | Page 2

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Three weeks of the 2010 NFL season are in the books, and quarterback roles around the league are becoming more defined.

Nevertheless, there's constant shake-up in motion on Page 2's Backup Quarterback Rankings. Kindly try to keep up.


1. Ben Roethlisberger

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
10
-5
10
10
25

Ben Roethlisberger

Fact: The Steelers are 3-0 this season without Roethlisberger.
Fact: Charlie Batch is 4-1 as a starter with the Steelers.
Fact: Roethlisberger was stripped of his captaincy on Sept. 6. Fiction: Big Ben still receives e-mail from this guy.


2. Tim Tebow

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
10
-2
4:13
10
22

Tim Tebow

Sure, Tebow is a valuable dual threat throwing and running the ball. More importantly to Page 2, he has never been rejected by a girl, and he was overwhelmingly the most popular kid in his high school. These facts are more than enough to hold serve at No. 2.


3. Kevin Kolb

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
9
-5
8
6
19

Kevin Kolb

Kolb is the cornerstone of any good quarterbacking foundation. After all, he cemented the starting status of not one, but two of his peers. Clearly, Kolb has a future as a quarterbacks coach. Heck, we could be looking at the next Gary Kubiak.


4. Tarvaris Jackson

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
8
-5
7
7
17

Tarvaris Jackson

Do you dare doubt the confidence that the Vikings and head coach Brad Childress have in Jackson? Yes? Hmmm ... OK then, we'd like to politely point out that Minnesota willingly traded this guy to a conference rival without thinking twice. Case closed.


5. Trent Edwards

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

Trent Edwards

Edwards was claimed off waivers by the Jags from the Bills on Tuesday. Still, we'll go out on a limb and say he was the jewel of the fabled 2007 draft class of quarterbacks. Of course, his chief rivals for that title are JaMarcus Russell, Brady Quinn and Kevin Kolb.


6. Frank Reich

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
1
0
6
8
15

Frank Reich

Reich was responsible for the biggest comeback in NFL history and one of the biggest comebacks in college football history. Clearly, this guy knows how to stay cool even when facing a huge deficit. Can the Lions honestly say they couldn't use this guy?


7. Brady Quinn

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
7
-8
6
7
12

Brady Quinn

Quinn makes his debut in this space on the strength of being elevated to the No. 2 role ahead of Tim Tebow this past Sunday. Still, he's not even the dreamiest passer on his own roster. So he has some work to do. Meanwhile, we must link to this and this.


8. Matt Leinart

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
7
-9
7
6
11

Matt Leinart

It's to the point where it's considered no surprise when Leinart can't beat out Dan Orlovsky and move into the No. 2 spot behind Matt Schaub. Therefore, Leinart is in serious jeopardy of falling off this list -- and yes, we're going to link to this again.


9. Mark Brunell

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
2
-2
5
5
10

Mark Brunell

Brunell earned a national championship ring at Washington as a backup in 1990. He earned a Super Bowl ring as a backup with the Saints last season. Tomlinson, Cromartie and Holmes are nice, but maybe this is the move that puts the Jets over the top.


10. Matt Flynn

Team
Upside
Downside
Intangibles
Tangibles
"It" factor
Buzz
6
-9
5
6
8

Matt Flynn

Between the legendary durability of Brett Favre and the sound consistency of Aaron Rodgers, no Packers backup quarterback has been called upon to start a game since Sept. 13, 1992. It's safe to say the LSU alum is entrenched in his current role.


Promoted to starter from last week's rankings: None.

Dropped out of rankings: Jeff Hostetler, three teams; Nate and Nick Montana, Notre Dame and Washington; Colt and Case McCoy, Browns and Texas; Kyle Boller, Raiders; Matt Moore, Panthers; Kerry Collins, Titans.


Thomas Neumann is an editor for Page 2.


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