Who’s Out There? Backup QBs

With Marc Bulger’s retirement, who else is available to back up Joe Flacco.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Considering the news of Marc Bulger’s retirement on Wednesday, the Ravens could be left searching for another quarterback to provide depth behind starter Joe Flacco.

The Ravens did spend a sixth-round draft pick on Virginia Tech signal-caller Tyrod Taylor, the reigning ACC Player of the Year, but he has not seen a snap of professional football at this point.

“This kid, again, is he going to be backing up this year? I am not saying that because we don’t know,” Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron said.  “That may not be in our – or his – best interest.”

So who else is out there on the market?

Here is a look at the next tier of potential backup quarterback candidates:

Brodie Croyle (Kansas City Chiefs)
6-year veteran
The Alabama product has played in 18 career contests, completing 56.7 percent of his passes for eight touchdowns and nine interceptions.  He was the Chiefs’ primary backup the past two seasons, starting two games last year.  Unfortunately, one of them was a 31-0 loss to the San Diego Chargers where Croyle completed seven of 17 throws for 40 yards and was sacked four times.

Jake Delhomme (Cleveland Browns)
13-year veteran
The former Carolina Panthers quarterback has been to a Super Bowl, but injuries derailed his career rebooting with Cleveland.   Essentially, Delhomme has a mentor to young passer Colt McCoy for the past two seasons.  Delhomme is known for his strong character and gunslinger attitude.

J.P. Losman (Seattle Seahawks)
7-year veteran
A former first-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills, Losman didn’t see any time as the third quarterback of the Seahawks last year.  He did have one season in Buffalo where he started all 16 games (2006) where he completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 3,051 yards, 19 scores and 14 touchdowns.

Patrick Ramsey (Minnesota Vikings)
9-year veteran
The longtime journeyman has played for nine different teams, but does have two seasons as the Washington Redskins’ full-time starter (2003 and 2005).  Ramsey bounced around to four different clubs in 2010.

J.T. O’Sullivan (Oakland Raiders)
9-year veteran
O’Sullivan was named the San Francisco 49ers’ starter in 2008, but he was replaced midway through the season when Head Coach Mike Nolan was replaced by Mike Singletary.  At the time of his demotion, he led the NFL in interceptions.  O’Sullivan earned his way to the big leagues after a stint in NFL Europe where he led the Frankfurt Galaxy to World Bowl XII.

Todd Collins (Chicago Bears)
17-year veteran
Collins is a longtime backup who really caught fire during the 2007 campaign when he led the Redskins to three consecutive victories to close out the regular season and guide the team to the playoffs.  Collins finished that year with a 106.4 passer rating. He also saw time in the postseason last year for the Chicago Bears.

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