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The clock struck zero in East Lansing and the head coaches strode to midfield to shake hands. Black Friday Redskins Jerseys . The majority of the green-clad fans had already left Spartan Stadium, the outcome of the afternoon long safe from any doubt. As the telecast wrapped up with a quick recap of the stunning final score -- Wisconsin 30, Michigan State 6 -- and before end-of-show copyrights had vanished from my TV screen, a text came in from a friend on the LSU football staff as the Tigers were preparing to meet Auburn on The Plains (more on that in a minute):I TOLD U DUDE. DONT SLEEP ON WISKY. WISKY IS DAMN GOOD.Yeah, apparently it is. A team projected by most to have merely a nice season -- you know, maybe 8-4 and third in the Big Ten West -- is suddenly 4-0 with two wins over top-10 opponents for the first time since 1962. Can the Badgers make the College Football Playoff? Can they win the College Football Playoff? Can they win their conference? Are they good enough to, at the very least, ruin all of the above for someone for whom much more was expected?In August the answer to all of those questions was a pretty solid nope. Now its ... well, maybe. And Wisconsin isnt alone. As a wacky September finally comes to a close, the theme of the 2016 college football season just might end up becoming The Rise of the Other Guys.Check out the roll call of the quickly shrinking roster of the undefeateds. No, not the big brand names that we knew would have a great shot being loss-free by this point -- Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Michigan, Stanford, those guys. Based on preseason expectations you could even include Houston, Tennessee and Washington in that group. And no, no ones going to declare unbeatens such as Wake Forest, Maryland or the top shelf of #MACtion West as being ready to shock the world.Its when you go one level down from the superstars that it really becomes intriguing, if not totally confusing. Thats where the storylines are, headlines growing in the present with a real chance at growing into something gigantic in the near future.Im talking about Wisconsin, Nebraska, Miami and Texas A&M. Im looking out west to a gaggle of something-and-0 programs, from late-night drama kings Utah and Arizona State, picked to finish third and fifth in the Pac-12 South, to the trio of Mountain West undefeateds,?Boise State, San Diego State and Air Force. In the Big 12 theres Baylor, whom wed all thrown onto the scrap heap after one of the all-time worst offseasons, and even West Virginia, which showed us some previously missing mettle by gutting out a neutral-site victory over BYU.All of those big box store programs we skipped over two paragraphs ago? Theyll all have to get through this years crop of other guys if they want to stay up top all the way through New Years.Texas A&M hosts Tennessee on Oct. 8 and visits Tuscaloosa two weekends later. Utah hosts Washington at the end of the month and two weeks later travels to Arizona State, which goes to Washington the very next weekend. During October, Ohio State has to visit Wisconsin and host Nebraska.A football schedule is like tiptoeing through a minefield, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said to me in the spring. You think you know where to step and you think you know where you are going to be safe. But you really have no idea. And just about the time you think you have it figured out, someone comes along and moves it all around on you.More than a few teams spent September moving stuff around on us. Now the programs on that top tier are about to try to navigate the maze in front of them. It starts this weekend when Michigan hosts Wisconsin and Clemson battens down the hatches for the arrival of the years other guys captain, Lamar Jackson and Louisville.The reality is that every coach and every program wants to make their living at that top level all the time, to be a Florida State or an Oklahoma or an Alabama, confesses Cardinals head coach Bobby Petrino. But you know what? Knocking off those big guys, taking a step toward moving from where you were to where they are, surprising people, thats pretty fun, too.You know what else is fun? Flipping The Field. So, lets get on with it, shall we?Too Much Mad for The Hatter. On the eve of the 2016 college football season I used this column to predict headlines we would read in November and December. The first listed was for Nov. 13: MILES OUT AT LSU. Sadly, my predicted date was six weeks too late. Even more sadly, this was the easiest of the five headlines to predict.Headed into the teams opener with Wisconsin at Lambeau Field, I wondered aloud how long would it take for the environment in Baton Rouge to fall back into the toxicity that overran Death Valley late last fall, when administrators and alums were coming at Miles as if he were Julius Caesar, but suddenly put away their daggers. It took less than one half of football. By the time LSU hit the halftime locker room down 6-0, the social media pitchforks were out and the people who promised to have his back after last years embarrassing soap opera were back to dipping their torches in kerosene.In the end, Miles stubborn refusal to evolve offensively was his undoing, especially as his perpetual measuring stick, Nick Saban, was expanding his mind and playbook via the hiring of Lane Kiffin. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, also fired on Sunday, is no stranger to creativity with the football. Dont forget, he was do-everything QB pioneer Antwaan Randle Els head coach at Indiana. But there are too many stories about Miles invading Camerons offensive meetings to replace imagination with we must assert our will on the ground.What makes the Miles firing hard for everyone is trying to balance out frustration with the coach versus love for the man. That love goes much further than funny quotes, eating grass or even a national championship. In Louisiana what people will remember is how he was a champion and a leader for this community when times were tough, whether it was Hurricane Katrina, which happened during his first year on the job, or just this summer during the floods and violence in Baton Rouge.Thats what I will think of when I think of Les Miles, former running back Jacob Hester said to me last year during Katrinas 10th anniversary. He walked in here and said, forget where I came from, Im from Louisiana now. Were in this together.From the Ridonculous Stats Department: It was a humongous day for ACC wide receivers. Syracuses?Amba Etta-Tawo hauled in 270 yards, which broke the schools single-game record that had stood since 1985, according to my number-devouring friends at ESPN Stats & Info. Virginia QB Kurt Benkert threw for a school record 421 yards as the Cavs (finally) won over Central Michigan. UNCs Ryan Switzer had a school record 16 catches in a comeback win over Pitt, only one catch short of his total for the first three games (17).Against Texas State, Houston WR?DEriq King?scored TDs via run, catch and kickoff return, the first FBS player to do that in one game since 2010. Louisiana Techs?Ryan Higgins threw for 504 yards and Trent Taylor hauled in 204 yards ... and they still lost to Middle Tennessee.Were going streaking! Stanford is now beaten UCLA nine straight times (none more painful than Saturday night), the longest win streak by an opponent in Bruins football history. Texas A&M has now started three consecutive seasons 3-0, the first time the Aggies have done that since 1939-41, a streak that began with the 39 national championship. Louisvilles Lamar Jackson has produced five or more touchdowns in four straight games. Houston QB Greg Ward Jr. has now won 17 straight as a starter, the longest active FBS streak.Get in the car, Frank ... Clemson snapped a five-game losing streak to Georgia Tech and a decade-long losing streak in Atlanta. In the third quarter of its stunning home loss to Duke, Notre Dame finally registered its first sack of the season, the nations last FBS program to finally bring down a quarterback. Stanfords Christian McCaffrey rushed for 138 yards in the UCLA win, but curiously still has yet to score a touchdown in a dozen career true road games. Indianas eight-game nonconference winning streak was snapped by Wake Forest. ... Wait, Indiana had an eight-game nonconference winning streak?! Ferris State lost to Ashland in an NCAA Division II clash, the Bulldogs first loss in 29 regular season games, a run that dates back to 2013.Time for a dance break. This time last year Flipping The Field was overrun with videos of coaches dancing. This year that fad seems to have tapped itself offstage. Thats cool. Sebastian the Ibis has it covered, even when Miami didnt have a game.Tommy West Coachs News Conference of the Week: Jimbo Fisher, Florida State. By my watch, the collective time spent answering the final 20 questions was about one minute. When hes in a good mood, he cant answer any one question in less than one minute. When I think about it, after a 55-35 game that was already 7-7 with 159 yards of offense after the first 29 seconds of play, this staccato pace feels about right.?News Conference of the Week, Part Deux: Mark Dantonio, Michigan State. It shouldnt have been a surprise that a college football weekend ending an emotional week for America would be marked by emotional statements, from raised fists in the student section at UNC to protesters who surrounded Friday nights game at Eastern Michigan and then rushed the field when the game was over. After a shocking loss to Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon, Dantonio was poignant in his remarks when asked about three of his players quietly protesting during the pregame playing of the national anthem. Your patriotism and your faith, they are sort of the same. Thats your choice, and its influenced by what youve, what youve experienced in this world. ... I can promise you one thing: When the flag is presented, in some respect, I guess, it becomes much more important now.Danny Ford Scientific Rocket Quote of the Week: Cam Phillips, WR, Virginia Tech. After the Hokies rolled East Carolina 54-17, Tech has outscored opponents 103-17 over the past two weeks. Phillips, who hauled in a 55-yard TD catch, was asked what it feels like to get on that kind of offensive roll: Like, Krispy Kreme doughnuts when the hot sign is on.Tom Herman Cool Coach Tweets of the Week: Nick Rolovich, Hawaii. I give Hawaii a bit of a hard time in the Bottom 10, but theres no more likable bunch of players than the Rainbow Warriors or coach than Rolovich. Late last week he started a What He Looks Like chain using headshots and stock photos of his coaching staff. Fans soon jumped in and the best one was reserved for Rolovich himself, which he promptly retweeted.Weston Steelhammer Name of the Week: Bug Howard, WR, UNC. Known on Twitter as @TheBugMan, theres nothing buggy about him unless youre a defensive back. On Saturday, the 6-foot-5, 210-pound senior won a jump ball possession for a buzzer-beating TD grab that took down Pitt 37-36. His full name is Jonathan Jamaul Howard, but when he kept bugging his grandma she jokingly started calling him Bugger and it was eventually shortened to just Bug.David Copperfield Cool Coach Magic Trick of the Week: Dantonio. When youre getting housed by Wisconsin, you just want to vanish.Speaking of vanishing acts ... and getting back to the Tar Heels, I got into a little bit of a Twitter spat with UNC fans during their dramatic shootout with Pitt over the disappearance of their run game, particularly Elijah Hood. Weve already mentioned a pair of UNC wide receivers, two of the four who caught TD passes from QB Mitch Trubisky, who was stunningly accurate at 35-of-45 for 453 yards. But the lack of balance from Larry Fedoras offense is baffling, whether Kenan Stadium fans want to admit it or not. Hood is regarded as one of the nations most talented runners and was on all of the preseason award watch lists, but in the season opener against Georgia he had only 10 carries and on Saturday he was handed the ball 11 times for 25 yards. Over that same span his receptions per game have dropped from six to three to two to one. Fedora knows more about offensive football than most living humans and his team is 3-1, but this just feels weird and conventional football wisdom says theyll need to find a balance to keep on winning.Frank Reich Backup QB Of The Week Award: Steven Montez, Colorado. The redshirt freshman was 0-for-7 passing at Michigan last week after entering the game for injured starter Sefo Liufau. This week against Oregon he threw for 333 yards and 3 TDs and rushed 135 yards and another TD, including a (controversial) game-winning 31-yard TD pass to Bryce Bobo, followed a two-point conversion toss, also to Bobo. The Buffs scored their first win over Oregon since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.Jacoby Brissett Third-String QB Week Of The Week: Tyler Chadwick, Coastal Carolina. College baseball already knows about Chadwick, second baseman and senior leader of the Chanticleers team that shocked collegiate sports by winning the College World Series in June. High school football fans in Charlotte, North Carolina, remember him as a quarterback at Marvin Ridge High School and know his father, Scott, as head coach of Myers Park High School, which just so happens to be 6-0. After losing two starting quarterbacks to injury, CCU head coach Joe Moglia turned to Tyler, who was working as an intern with the football team since his graduation earlier this year, and brought him onto the depleted roster as a backup QB. On Saturday evening he didnt take the field against Furman as the 17th-ranked FCS Chanticleers defeated the Paladins 41-21. But how big of a deal is Chadwick, not to mention anything pertaining to the national champs? Last weeks news conference attracted the biggest media turnout that anyone with the football program can remember ... and it was to announce a new third-string quarterback.Linebacker Kicker U. At 5-10, 258 pounds, Penn State kicker Joey Julius is a navy blue bowling ball. If you give him half a field to get some momentum going, youd better look out. This is not the first time No. 99 has done this.Comeback of the Week Award, also named for Frank Reich: Tennessee over Florida. There were so many candidates this week, from UNC to even North Texass rally to win in OT over Rice. A total of 11 teams rallied from double-digit deficits on Saturday, which tied for the most on a single day in the past decade. But none was more impressive -- or bigger -- than what the Tennessee did at home in Knoxville. When the Vols trailed 21-3 in the third quarter, ESPN Stats & Infos win probability chart placed their chances of victory at a paltry 8 percent. When they scored with 59 seconds remaining in that quarter to pull to within four, those chances jumped to 32 percent. I havent looked at the final chart, but Im assuming that eventually it reads their chances reached 100 percent.The Guy You Should Know About, But Probably Dont: Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State. After holding off Oregon State the Broncos are now 3-0 and 10-3 versus Pac-12 teams since 2006. The engine behind their most recent success is McNichols, who scored four TDs against the Beavers, bringing his season total to nine and extending his FBS-best streak of consecutive games with a rushing to TD to 15. His 34 total TDs are tops in the nation over the last two seasons, topping even my admitted man crush, San Diego States Donnel Pumphrey, who had the weekend off.The Guy You Used to Know About But Forgot About But You Should Know About Again: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri. It was no small deal when the much-ballyhooed Lees Summit, Missouri, native decided to attend the home state school. But after a bizarre freshman season in Columbia that was overshadowed by losses, off-field controversy and the retirement of Gary Pinkel, Lock was largely forgotten. Not anymore. The 19-year old ranks second in the nation in passing (1,508 yards) and the team has already scored more in four games (178) than they did all of last season (163). On Saturday against FCS Delaware State he was 15-of-22 for 252 yards and three TDs ... in the first quarter. That included this gem to?JMon Moore.The Team You Should Know About, But Probably Dont: Memphis. Speaking of the still-undefeateds who could alter the 2016 season, the Tigers are 3-0 after routing Bowling Green. Memphis set an American Conference record with 77 points scored, led by QB Riley Fergusons 6 TDs and 395 yards. They travel to Ole Miss on Saturday and Navy on Oct. 22. If they carry a big win total into their regular season finale at Houston, it could be an unexpectedly big boost for the Cougars playoff party crasher hopes ... or a season-destroying loss.The Game You Should Be Psyched For But Probably Arent: Navy at Air Force. As we have told you repeatedly here at Flipping The Field, the Army Black Knights appear to finally be getting their act together after a long stretch of losing. However, the Commander-in-Chiefs Trophy is still most likely to be won by sea or air. Over the past 19 years, Navy has won 10, Air Force has won nine and Army has been skunked. Both Navy and Air Force are 3-0 and are in position to make a push to be spoilers in their respective conferences. Before Houston can worry about the College Football Playoff, it will have to worry about the Midshipmen and their triple option on Oct. 8. If Boise State or San Diego State want to make a run at a New Years Six bowl, theyll likely have to do it by getting through the Falcons. Sure, Army-Navy receives most of the attention, but this is the matchup with more on the line.Extra Point: Ahead of a home game (and much-needed win) against South Carolina, Kentucky held an emotional unveiling of four statues outside Commonwealth Stadium honoring the four Wildcats players who broke the SEC color barrier. Defensive back Nate Northington was the first, taking the field against Mississippi State on Sept. 30, 1967. He was followed shortly thereafter by linebacker Wilbur Hackett and running back Houston Hogg. All three were in attendance and all three admitted they werent ready for the reaction they had to seeing the likeness of the fourth player, Greg Page. The defensive end roomed with Northington and was expected to be the first to play, but suffered a neck injury during preseason practice that ultimately led to his death the night before the Mississippi State game.Overcome with grief, Northington transferred to Western Kentucky before seasons end. Pages son, Mel, was at the unveiling on his fathers behalf. We made Saturday the most racially diverse day of the week, Northington said of the multiracial crowds who came to see Kentuckys new football players, even during a time when the school was dominated by divisive basketball coach Adolph Rupp. He finally signed his first black basketball player in 1969. All of that, it started here.? Cheap Redskins Jerseys Cheap Redskins Store . -- Running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings were back at practice for the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday despite being hampered by hamstring injuries. http://www.cheapredskinsjerseys.net/ .875,000, avoiding arbitration. Clippards deal Monday means all eight Nationals players who filed for arbitration wound up settling before a hearing. NFL Nation reporters predict what all 32 quarterback depth charts will look like if the regular season started tomorrow. Each depth chart is listed in sequential order (starter, then second-string, then third-string -- if applicable).AFC East | AFC North| AFC South | AFC West NFC East | NFC North | NFC South | NFC WestAFC EASTBuffalo BillsTyrod Taylor, EJ Manuel, Cardale JonesIts a rarity as of late in Buffalo, but the Bills dont have any questions as to their QB depth chart this season. Taylor is the undisputed starter; Manuel will play out the final season of his rookie deal as the primary backup and probably head elsewhere for 2017; and the Bills feel the No. 3 job is the ideal spot for Jones to develop as a rookie. -- Mike RodakMiami DolphinsRyan Tannehill, Matt Moore, Brandon DoughtyTannehill is the unquestioned starter despite four uneven seasons, but coach Adam Gase is confident he can get Tannehill consistently playing his best football. Moore is a longtime veteran and a solid backup. Doughty, a rookie seventh-round pick, is pushing for a roster spot as the No. 3 quarterback. -- James WalkerNew England PatriotsTom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby BrissettWith Brady suspended for the first four games of the season, some have wondered if the club might add another signal-caller as an added layer of depth. But it would hardly be surprising if the Patriots simply stick with Garoppolo (2014 second round) and Brissett (2016 third round) until Brady returns. -- Mike ReissNew York JetsRyan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith, Bryce Petty, Christian HackenbergIt might seem crazy, but the Jets are thinking about keeping four quarterbacks on the final 53. Fitzpatrick, the undisputed starter, and Hackenberg, a second-round pick, are locks. Smith probably will stick because hes the only backup with NFL experience. Petty could be the odd-man out, but only if he implodes in the preseason. -- Rich CiminiAFC NORTHBaltimore RavensJoe Flacco, Ryan Mallett, Josh JohnsonFlacco is the unquestioned starter, especially after he has answered all the questions about his surgically repaired left knee in training camp. Despite not practicing this offseason, Flacco has put together one of the best camps of his nine-year career. Mallett struggled mightily in spring workouts and now in training camp, but Baltimore is committed to him as its primary backup through this season. Johnson is a training camp arm who wont be with the Ravens beyond the preseason. -- Jamison HensleyCincinnati BengalsAndy Dalton, AJ McCarron, Keith WenningDalton has held down the position of starter since he was drafted in 2011, and hell remain there this season, despite McCarrons strong play in relief of him late last year. McCarron was forced to start the Bengals final four games of 2015 because Dalton was out with a thumb injury. Its likely the Bengals take only two quarterbacks into the regular season, but Wenning has proven to be a capable No. 3. -- Coley HarveyCleveland BrownsRobert Griffin III, Josh McCown, Cody KesslerGriffin remains coach Hue Jacksons personal reclamation project. He had to play his way out of the job in preseason, and did not. McCown stays as the veteran backup and insurance in case of injury. The third QB is a toss-up between Kessler and Austin Davis, but the nod here goes to Kessler because he was Jacksons draft pick. -- Pat McManamonPittsburgh SteelersBen Roethlisberger, Landry Jones, Bruce GradkowskiJones has solidified the backup job, and with Roethlisberger getting plenty of rest days this camp, Gradkowski is competing with project Dustin Vaughan, who has a big arm but is a bit erratic. The Steelers like the continuity a veteran such as Gradkowski brings to the quarterback room, so that gives him an advantage. As for Jones, hes throwing with more confidence than a year ago. -- Jeremy FowlerAFC SOUTHHouston TexansBrock Osweiler, Brandon Weeden, Tom SavageOsweiler will be the Texans starting quarterback (barring injury, of course). Though Savage has been in Houston the longest, the Texans gave Weeden a two-year contract in April after he led the Texans to two key victories to win the AFC South last season. It is Weedens backup spot to lose. -- Sarah BarshopIndianapolis ColtsAndrew Luck, Scott Tolzien, Stephen MorrisThe Colts hope Luck will take every meaningful snap this season after he missed nine games during the 2015 season. Tolzien replaces Matt Hasselbeck as Lucks backup after spending the past two seasons as Aaron Rodgers backup in Green Bay. Morris will be the third quarterback only if the Colts keep three. The Colts kept only two quarterbacks in each of the past two seasons. -- Mike WellsJacksonville JaguarsBlake Bortles, Chad Henne, Brandon AllenBortles established himself as one of the leagues top young QBs last season by throwing for 35 TDs. Henne is under contract through 2017, but the Jaguars really like Allen and will carry three QBs on the active roster. They view Allen as Hennes eventual replacement, possibly as early as next season. -- Mike DiRoccoTennessee TitansMarcus Mariota, Matt Cassel, Alex TanneyCassel is connected to general manager Jon Robinson from their time together in New England. The Titans dumped Zach Mettenberger after the draft. Tanney was on the roster for the final two games of the 2015 season and played in the finale. But coach Mike Mularkey wasnt into keeping a third quarterback last year and it seems unlikely if Mariota and Cassel are healthy that there will be room for Tanney. -- Paul KuharskyAFC WESTDenver BroncosMark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian, Paxton LynchThis isnt even written in pencil, let alone etched in stone. Sanchez and Siemian are in a dead heat at the moment for the starting job, and Broncos coach Gary Kubiak is in no hurry to make the decision. He wants to see how the two react to game situations in the coming preseason games as well as joint practices with the 49ers. Lynch has flashed his enormous potential but has plenty of ground to cover on the learning curve before hes in the conversation. -- Jeff LegwoldKansas City ChiefsAlex Smith, Nick Foles, Tyler BraySmith is solid as the starter but otherwise the depth chart is subject to change. Backup spots are in play for not only Foles and Bray but also the other two quarterbacks in camp, Aaron Murray and rookie Kevin Hogan. The Chiefs will depend heavily on results from the preseason games in making any future decisions. -- Adam TeicherOakland RaidersDerek Carr, Matt McGloin, Connor CookAny questions? There shouldnt be, not when Carr is the established franchise QB. McGloin is entrenching himself as the backup, and Cook, who was drafted in the fourth round to the surprise of many, got off to a slow start in training camp but is starting to show more confidence. Any young player at that position is going to come in, its a lot of volume, coach Jack Del Rio said. Its a lot of information to process. I think you can see each and every day hes becoming more and more comfortable, and hes doing a great job being a teammate, working within the group ... we like the way hes working. -- Paul GutierrezSan Diego ChargersPhilip Rivers, Kellen Clemens, Zach Mettenberger, Mike BercoviciRivers remains the unquestioned starter and leader of the Chargers. Clemens and Mettenberger are battling for the No. 2 job, with the experienced veteran and incumbent in Clemens leading the competition heading into the first preseason game. Bercovici has flashed at times, but is still working to pick up the nuances of offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunts system. -- Eric D. WilliamsNFC EASTDallas CowboysTony Romo, Dak Prescott, Jameill ShowersThe broken fibula suffered by Kellen Moore has put the Cowboys on the lookout for a veteran backup, but they dont want to give up too much in either free agency or a trade. The Cowboys know what they will get from Romo, but the added practice time for Prescott and Showers is a plus. Under normal circumstances they would be splitting third-team snaps, but the extra work can help their development. Showers is a quicker decision-maker at the moment, but the Cowboys like Prescotts development so far. They just dont want to see either guy in a game right now, which makes the health of Romo even more paramount. -- Todd ArcherNew York GiantsEli Manning, Ryan Nassib, Logan ThomasManning is the clear-cut starter. Nassib, a free agent after this season who the Giants believe knows the offense forward and backward, is undoubtedly the backkup. Authentic Redskins Jerseys. Hes going to receive a majority of the playing time this preseason so they can see how he handles the pressure of live game action. Thomas is the camp arm who gets to hang around for the summer. There isnt much drama or controversy when it comes to the Giants quarterback depth chart. -- Jordan RaananPhiladelphia EaglesSam Bradford, Chase Daniel, Carson WentzDoug Pederson announced this would be his depth chart and the first-year head coach hasnt wavered from that. From organized team activities through minicamps to the first two weeks of training camp, Bradford has taken the first-team reps. Pederson hasnt ruled out the possibility of Wentz, the No. 2 pick in the draft, playing at some point this year. But, barring injury, he will be the No. 3 QB going into the season. -- Phil SheridanWashington RedskinsKirk Cousins, Colt McCoy, Nate SudfeldCousins strong finish in 2015 earned him $19.95 million thanks to the franchise tag and cemented his status for this season as the No. 1 guy. Theres a clear order after him, too, as McCoy gives Washington an experienced backup well-versed in the system; Sudfeld has looked every bit a rookie in camp and will need to improve his accuracy to move up the depth chart in the future. -- John KeimNFC NORTHChicago BearsJay Cutler, Brian Hoyer, David FalesCoach John Fox is sold on Cutler, who finished the 2015 season with a career best 92.3 quarterback rating. Hoyer signed with Chicago because he played for offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains in Cleveland, and therefore knows the offense. Plus, the Bears paid Hoyer $750,000 in guaranteed money to back up Cutler. Fales is impressive. He is smart, accurate and reliable. Even if the Bears keep only two quarterbacks on the active 53-man roster, the organization would prefer to have Fales around in some capacity. -- Jeff DickersonDetroit LionsMatthew Stafford, Dan Orlovsky, Jake RudockNo change, really. Stafford is the entrenched starter. It would be surprising to see coach Jim Caldwell go into a season without an experienced backup and Orlovsky has had a strong enough camp where he is firmly the backup quarterback. The question is whether Detroit keeps three quarterbacks or if the Lions send Rudock through waivers to place him on the practice squad. Too early to tell there. -- Michael RothsteinGreen Bay PackersAaron Rodgers, Brett Hundley, Joe Callahan, Marquise WilliamsTheres no reason to think the Packers will carry any quarterbacks other than Rodgers and Hundley on the 53-man roster. However, they still need a third quarterback to run the scout team, meaning theres a practice-squad spot to be had. Callahan has shown some moxie standing in the pocket, a solid grasp of the offense and the coaches say his footwork has improved significantly since the spring. However, the NFL is a big jump for the Division III standout from Wesley College. Williams has better size, athleticism and arm strength -- and played far better competition at North Carolina -- but he came aboard late in the offseason and remains behind Callahan on the depth chart. -- Rob DemovskyMinnesota VikingsTeddy Bridgewater, Shaun Hill, Joel StaveWith Taylor Heinicke, the Vikings promising second-year backup, possibly out three months after severing a tendon in his foot, the Vikings could start the season with only two quarterbacks (Bridgewater and Hill). Stave was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin, and might not be ready to be on a regular-season roster. Theres no doubt Bridgewater is the starter, but the Vikings depth behind him is a bit of a question mark until Heinicke is healthy. -- Ben GoesslingNFC SOUTHAtlanta FalconsMatt Ryan, Matt Schaub, Sean Renfree, Matt SimmsSchaub, who thrived in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahans system in the past, gives the Falcons a veteran presence behind Ryan. The Falcons kept only two QBs on the 53-man roster, so Renfree and Simms will have to either outperform Schaub or showcase their skills for another team. Schaub, who was originally drafted by the Falcons in the third round, led the NFL with 4,770 passing yards in 2009 while running Shanahans offense with the Texans. -- Vaughn McClureCarolina PanthersCam Newton, Derek Anderson, Joe WebbIt has been this way the past two seasons and wont change unless theres an injury. The Panthers like having the veteran Anderson as Newtons backup. Hes good enough to start for at least half the teams in the NFL, which is why the Panthers signed him last year to a two-year extension through 2017 at a relatively low price ($5 million). He won two games during the 2014 season while Newton was injured and runs some portions -- short passing game -- of the offense more efficiently than the NFL MVP. Carolina likes the versatility of Webb, a more athletic quarterback like Newton, as the third stringer. General manager Dave Gettleman doesnt typically like to keep three quarterbacks, but since Webb also can play special teams, hes a keeper. -- David NewtonNew Orleans SaintsDrew Brees, Luke McCown, Garrett GraysonBrees has only one year left on his contract, but the Saints dont have a succession plan in place yet. They drafted Grayson in the third round out of Colorado State in 2015, then essentially redshirted him last year while his head was still swimming in the playbook. Grayson has looked a little more comfortable so far this summer, but hell need to develop rapidly to steal the backup job away from McCown. The Saints have trusted the veteran McCown for several years -- and he proved why when he filled in for an injured Brees last season and nearly knocked off the Carolina Panthers on the road. -- Mike TriplettTampa Bay BuccaneersJameis Winston, Mike Glennon, Ryan GriffinGlennon had 18 starts under his belt in two years, throwing 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions during that span. That might be good enough to start on other teams, but hell continue to be Winstons backup heading into the final year of his rookie contract, unless general manager Jason Licht receives an offer he just cant pass up. -- Jenna LaineNFC WESTArizona CardinalsCarson Palmer. Drew Stanton. Matt BarkleyTheres no change to the Cardinals QB depth chart. Palmer is the established starter. Stanton has been his backup since they both arrived in Arizona in 2013. And Barkley has a better sense of the offense after spending an entire offseason in the Cardinals system. Coach Bruce Arians wants (and needs) quarterbacks who have been around a while because his scheme is so complex, so the more time a QB can spend in it, the better it is for all parties. -- Josh WeinfussLos Angeles RamsCase Keenum, Jared Goff, Sean Mannion, Dylan ThompsonAt the moment Keenum is the designated starter, but its understood at some point this season Goff is going to take over the starting spot. And probably soon. The Rams are trying to be careful not to rush the 21-year-old Goff, but hes looking a little better every day in camp. The days of pampering a first-round quarterback seem over. The last five quarterbacks taken No. 1 overall -- Matthew Stafford, Sam Bradford, Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and Jameis Winston -- have opened the season as the teams starter. -- Steve DilbeckSan Francisco 49ersBlaine Gabbert, Colin Kaepernick, Jeff DriskelThere are two simultaneous battles going on here, first with Kaepernick and Gabbert for the starting job, then for Driskel and Thad Lewis for the No. 3 spot. Gabbert and Kaepernick is really too close to call at this early stage so well stick with the order of how things ended last season for now. Driskel has flashed on occasion and his combination of youth and upside would seem to give him a slight edge over Lewis. The preseason games will play a big role in deciding both competitions. -- Nick WagonerSeattle SeahawksRussell Wilson, Trevone Boykin, Jake HeapsThe Seahawks could still make a move to add a veteran backup before the season starts, but they like what theyve seen from Boykin during training camp. We will need to see him play in these games, and he will have to log a bunch of snaps before we get to the point of where we have enough background to understand what he is really going to do, coach Pete Carroll said. If Boykin impresses in the preseason, he could be the No. 2 QB. If not, the Seahawks will look elsewhere for Wilsons backup. -- Sheil Kapadia Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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