Who Are the Best Backup QBs in the NFL?

Who Are the Best Backup QBs in the NFL?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

As starting quarterbacks are being set for the NFL regular season next month, keep in mind that backup quarterbacks are of the utmost importance to teams.

If your main guy goes down with an injury for an extended amount of time, who will next be in line to step up and lead the offense to success?

EmpireStakes.com – your source for New York sports betting - utilized data on all 32 backup QBs from Pro-Football-Reference.com on games started, QB rating, TD% and INT% to compile an aggregate ranking of the most valuable backup QBs in the league.

We utilized ESPN.com as well as updated team depth charts to determine backup QBs. At this point, of course, not all depth charts are set.

Here is what we found out about backups for the New York teams. 

Rating NFL’s Backup Quarterbacks

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TeamBackup QBAggregate RankGames StartedQB RatingTD %INT %
ColtsGardner MinshewT-1st15th2nd3rd2nd
EaglesMarcus MariotaT-1st3rd4th6thT-9th
PanthersAndy Dalton3rd1st7th5thT-11th
GiantsTyrod Taylor4th7th5thT-10th3rd
LionsTeddy Bridgewater5th4th3rd15thT-5th
SaintsJameis Winston6thT-5th9thT-10th8th
SteelersMitch Trubisky7th2nd8th2nd22nd
CommandersJacoby Brissett8thT-8th12th22nd1st
RaidersBrian Hoyer9th10th14thT-16thT-5th
FalconsTaylor Heinicke10th14th10thT-7thT-15th
BengalsTrevor SiemianT-11th12th16th9thT-11th
PatriotsBailey ZappeT-11thT-27th1st1stT-19th
CowboysCooper Rush13th24th11thT-12th4th
TexansDavis Mills14th13th13thT-12thT-15th
VikingsNick Mullens15th19th6thT-7thT-23rd
49ersSam Darnold16thT-5th20thT-16thT-19th
CardinalsColt McCoy17th11th18th23rdT-9th
JaguarsCJ Beathard18th20th17thT-16thT-11th
BillsKyle Allen19th18th15th14th18th
SeahawksDrew Lock20th17th19thT-16th14th
ChiefsBlaine Gabbert21stT-8th24th20thT-19th
RavensTyler Huntley22nd21st21st28thT-5th
JetsZach Wilson23rd16th25thT-25thT-15th
BroncosJarrett Stidham24thT-27th23rd4th28th
DolphinsMike White25thT-22nd22nd24th25th
BrownsJosh Dobbs26thT-27th26thT-25thT-23rd
BearsPJ Walker27thT-22nd27th27th26th
RamsBrett Rypien28thT-25th28th21st29th
TitansMalik Willis29thT-25th29thT-29th27th
BucsKyle Trask30thT-30th30thT-29thT-30th
PackersSean CliffordT-31stT-30thT-31stT-29thT-30th
ChargersEaston StickT-31stT-30thT-31stT-29thT-30th


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Giants Have Veteran Taylor

A good sign for the New York Giants, who are looking for their second straight postseason berth, is backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor is in the top five with an overall aggregate rank of 4. Keep tabs of the Giants playoff chances all season long.

The former Buffalo Bills starting quarterback (2015-17), Taylor enters his 13th season in the league. In our rankings, he was seventh in games started, fifth in QB rating, tied for 10th in TD percentage with Mitch Trubisky of the Pittsburgh Steelers and third in interception percentage.

With athleticism and experience on his side, the Giants are in good hands with Taylor  if Daniel Jones is not available.

Wilson Will Learn from Rodgers

The Jets’ Super Bowl odds have surged since the acquisition of Aaron Rodgers.

That means Zach Wilson will be relegated to the sideline in his third season as he learns from the Rodgers, a sure-fire Hall of Famer.

After being selected second overall by the Jets in the 2021 NFL Draft, Wilson was thrown into the fight immediately as a rookie and last season played in just nine games. He completed 132 of 242 passes for 1,688 yards with six touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Wilson posted an aggregate rank of 23: 16th in games started, 25th in QB rating, tied for 25th with Josh Dobbs of the Cleveland Browns in TD % and tied for 15th with Taylor Heinicke of the Atlanta Falcons and Davis Mills of the Houston Texans for INT %.

This is a prime opportunity for Wilson to learn from the best, be patient and, hopefully, the second time he will be ready for another coming out party.

Allen Backing Allen

The Bills’ Super Bowl odds have been high in recent years but the team hasn’t gotten over the hump.

An injury to star quarterback Josh Allen would be a critical blow. It would be up to Kyle Allen to conjure images of Frank Reich for the Bills.

Allen finished 19th in our rankings, sandwiched between the Jaguars’ C.J. Beathard and the Seahawks’ Drew Lock.

Allen is in his first year with Buffalo after stops in Carolina, Washington and Houston.



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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