Josh Larky and Marty Mornhinweg dive into the different types of backup QBs and how to evaluate their current and future value to a team. Can players like the Jets’ Mike White and the Browns’ Jacoby Brissett win starting jobs?
Former NFL quarterback Matt Cassel played with seven teams in his career, most notably for the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys. His weekly QB rankings are a snapshot of where the league’s 32 current starters are right now.
1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Record: 7-2 | QB Rating: 78.6 | Passing Touchdowns: 25
Comment: Nobody creates magic like Mahomes. The Chiefs’ offense hasn’t slowed up much despite the loss of Tyreek Hill this offseason.
2. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles
Record: 8-1 | QB Rating: 63.7 | Passing Touchdowns: 14
Comment: His growth in the passing game coupled with his ability to run is elite. The Eagles may have lost on Monday night, but Hurts has still performed well this season.
3. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Record: 6-3 | QB Rating: 74.3 | Passing Touchdowns: 20
Comment: Despite the elbow injury Allen dealt with, he showcased what makes him special. The Bills’ offense as a whole has been fun to watch all year and Allen is the main component in that.
4. Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks
Record: 6-4 | QB Rating: 67.7 | Passing Touchdowns: 17
Comment: What a resurgent year for Smith. He has Seattle atop the NFC West despite the team’s loss to the Buccaneers in Germany.
5. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals
Record: 5-4 | QB Rating: 55.6 | Passing Touchdowns: 18
Comment: After a rough start to the season, the Super Bow hangover seems to be over for Burrow and the Bengals. He has seemingly found his rhythm and has only thrown two interceptions since Week 2.
6. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
Record: 6-3 | QB Rating: 65.1 | Passing Touchdowns: 16
Comment: Despite his contract being a lingering issue, Jackson has demonstrated he is worth whatever contract comes his way.
7. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins
Record: 7-1 | QB Rating: 118.4 | Passing Touchdowns: 18
Comment: He has thrown for 10 TDs and 0 INTs in the last four wins for Miami. He’s now got them leading the AFC East after Buffalo’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
8. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Record: 5-5 | QB Rating: 54.5 | Passing Touchdowns: 12
Comment: In what has turned into a hard season, Brady has not given up and is coming off an impressive win against the Seahawks. He’s also still second in the NFL in passing yards.
9. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
Record: 8-1 | QB Rating: 47.7 | Passing Touchdowns: 14
Comment: Cousins made some impressive throws in overtime to give his team their biggest win of the season. Don’t overlook the Vikings with Cousins playing the way he is.
10. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
Record: 5-4 | QB Rating: 55.3 | Passing Touchdowns: 14
Comment: Despite missing Keenan Allen, Herbert has done his best to keep the Chargers afloat. He does need to tone down the turnovers as he has thrown an interception in four straight games.
11. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
Record: 4-3 | QB Rating: 48.2 | Passing Touchdowns: 11
Comment: He has done a good job of avoiding sacks recently and has secured consecutive wins against teams from Los Angeles.
12. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Record: 4-6 | QB Rating: 39.6 | Passing Touchdowns: 17
Comment: Rodgers got a much-needed win against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. However, his three interceptions against Detroit last week bumps him down the list.
13. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
Record: 2-2 | QB Rating: 52.6 | Passing Touchdowns: 6
Comment: He couldn’t get the job done at Lambeau, but Dallas has put up 101 points in the last three weeks since his return.
14. Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
Record: 3-6 | QB Rating: 47 | Passing Touchdowns: 12
Comment: Played okay against Seattle, however, his six fumbles (and two lost) in the last four weeks have hurt the Cardinals this season.
15. Justin Fields, Chicago Bears
Record: 3-7 | QB Rating: 57.1 | Passing Touchdowns: 12
Comment: While Fields has been growing in his passing attack, the way he has used his legs to have 325 rushing yards in three games is simply outstanding.
16. Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders
Record: 2-7 | QB Rating: 58.4 | Passing Touchdowns: 13
Comment: While the Raiders as a whole have not played their best, Carr has been somewhat of a bright spot for the team.
17. Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans
Record: 5-2 | QB Rating: 49.7 | Passing Touchdowns: 8
Comment: Tennessee is glad to have their franchise quarterback under center once again. He did enough to earn a win this week and most importantly, he didn’t turn the ball over.
18. Daniel Jones, New York Giants
Record: 7-2 | QB Rating: 60.3 | Passing Touchdowns: 8
Comment: Last year, Jones’ problem was turnovers. In 2022, he hasn’t thrown an interception since Week 2 and has the Giants at 7-2.
19. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars
Record: 3-7 | QB Rating: 51.9 | Passing Touchdowns: 13
Comment: Lawrence played well against the Chiefs. He linked up with Christian Kirk for two more touchdowns.
20. Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos
Record: 3-5 | QB Rating: 33 | Passing Touchdowns: 7
Comment: Wilson simply hasn’t elevated this Broncos offense the way we all expected. He is taking far too many sacks (at least three in every game since Week 2).
21. Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams
Record: 3-5 | QB Rating: 47.4 | Passing Touchdowns: 8
Comment: He has the same number of INTs and TDs all with a decimated OL. He’s struggled during the Rams’ attempted Super Bowl repeat so far this season. His favorite target, Cooper Kupp, is going to be out for at least the next four weeks after ankle surgery.
22. Jared Goff, Detroit Lions
Record: 3-6 | QB Rating: 54.5 | Passing Touchdowns: 15
Comment: The Lions are starting to figure some things out. Goff has played well in his last three games with just one interception and two wins against the Packers and Bears.
23. Jacoby Brissett, Cleveland Browns
Record: 3-6 | QB Rating: 87.1 | Passing Touchdowns: 8
Comment: Brissett has 748 pass yards in the last three games without an interception, and he’s doing his best to help the Browns win.
24. Taylor Heinicke, Washington Commanders
Record: 3-1 | QB Rating: 47.2 | Passing Touchdowns: 5
Comment: He has led Washington to wins against the Packers, Colts and now the once-undefeated Eagles. He only lost to Minnesota by three points.
25. Marcus Mariota, Atlanta Falcons
Record: 4-6 | QB Rating: 59.2 | Passing Touchdowns: 12
Comment: Despite a tough performance on Thursday night football, he’s proving to be a key reason why Atlanta is one game behind the NFC South lead.
26. Matt Ryan, Indianapolis Colts
Record: 4-3-1 | QB Rating: 44.7 | Passing Touchdowns: 10
Comment: Ryan played within himself in Jeff Saturday’s debut, and has a real opportunity going forward with the new coach.
27. Zach Wilson, New York Jets
Record: 5-1 | QB Rating: 75.5 | Passing Touchdowns: 4
Comment: Wilson led the Jets to a monumental victory over Buffalo, and he hasn’t thrown an interception in four of his last five games.
28. Mac Jones, New England Patriots
Record: 3-3 | QB Rating: 32.7 | Passing Touchdowns: 4
Comment: The former first-round pick has thrown an INT in five of his six starts and only has 354 pass yards in his last three starts. The Patriots need more out of the quarterback position in a competitive AFC East.
29. Andy Dalton, New Orleans Saints
Record: 2-5 | QB Rating: 45.9 | Passing Touchdowns: 11
Comment: Dalton hasn’t elevated the New Orleans offense, leading to four losses in the last five contests with six picks during that span.
30. Davis Mills, Houston Texans
Record: 1-7-1 | QB Rating: 32.4 | Passing Touchdowns: 11
Comment: Mills has thrown an interception in his last four games leading to four straight Houston losses in the process.
31. Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Steelers
Record: 2-3 | QB Rating: 39.1 | Passing Touchdowns: 2
Comment: Despite winning at home against the Saints, he has thrown just two touchdowns in his rookie campaign thus far.
32. Baker Mayfield, Carolina Panthers
Record: 1-4 | QB Rating: 78.1 | Passing Touchdowns: 6
Comment: Mayfield is taking over for the Panthers again after PJ Walker’s recent injury. He led three scoring drives against the Cincinnati Bengals the last time he was on the field.