After a promising rookie season on a small sample of snaps, Locker was a popular 2012 breakout candidate. A handful of injuries and underwhelming production now have Tennessee’s 2011 first-round pick on the wrong side of a bust label. The Titans’ projected 2013 Week 1 starter, Locker has enough weapons and does enough with his legs to keep him in the QB2 conversation for now…Traded to Kansas City, Smith is all but locked in as the Chiefs’ 2013 starter. With Andy Reid in control of the offense, there will be no shortage of pass attempts. No longer protected by an elite defense and strong play-action offensive attack, 2013 will tell us if Smith really is a capable NFL starter. His ceiling figures to be a strong QB2 option.
Schaub is closing in on age 32 and, although he’s signed through 2016, there are already rumblings that the team will (or should) be looking to upgrade at the position. Even if he sticks as the starter for a few more years, Houston has adopted an extremely run-heavy attack, capping Schaub’s ceiling…Gabbert’s sophomore-season completion percentage increase was the highest among all rookies over the last five years. Of course, part of that was a product of an awful rookie season performance. There’s still a small chance Gabbert pans out, but he has the looks of a bust.
As ultra-conservative as they come, Ponder has not lived up to expectations after being selected with the No. 12 overall pick of the 2011 draft. He’s the favorite for the Vikings’ Week 1 starting job in 2013, but, to be frank, he’s not very good. It’s a good time to sell…Kolb is one of the league’s most injury prone players, but was strong in limited action during the 2012 season. He’s currently the top dog in the race for the Cardinals’ starting job in 2013…The new regime in Cleveland hasn’t decided which way they’ll go with Weeden, but he figures, at the very least, to be in the mix for the team’s starting job in 2013. Already 29-years-old, however, there’s not much upside here.
Quarterback-needy teams are reportedly eyeing Mallett prior to an April draft weak at the position. Considered to have first-round talent prior to the 2011 draft, there’s a ton of upside here…Foles doesn’t appear to be a fit in new Eagles’ coach Chip Kelly’s plans, but showed enough in limited rookie-season action to warrant a stash in most leagues…Flynn figures to be traded somewhere to compete for a starting gig. We saw his high ceiling in Green Bay back in Week 17 of the 2011 season.
Pryor and Palmer are competing for the Raiders’ starting job in 2013. Palmer is the current favorite, but is closing in on 34 and wasn’t overly impressive this past season. The younger Pryor is the better stash….Moore will be one of the hottest quarterbacks come free agency time, but the odds don’t favor him landing a clear path to a starting job.
Peyton Manning’s primary backup in Denver, Osweiler, a 2012 second-round pick, is a must-stash in all dynasty formats…Cassel will be cut loose by Kansas City, but he’ll latch on somewhere as a competitor for a starting job, or as one of the league’s top No. 2 quarterbacks…Cousins is a must-own as Griffin’s primary backup in Washington. In fact, he may even have to start a few games early in the 2013 season.
With Flacco extended for six years, Taylor is locked in as a backup for at least the next two seasons…Jackson is a better fit than Fitzpatrick for the Bills’ new offense under Doug Marrone…Henne will push Gabbert for the starting job in Jacksonville…McCoy figures to finally find a new home this offseason, but he’ll be a No. 2 wherever he lands…Dixon is a major long-shot for the Eagles’ starting job, but it’s possible if Vick struggles and Foles is traded…It’s possible the cash-strapped Jets will need to lean on Sanchez during the 2013 season…The Vikings figure to add competition for Webb (and Ponder) this offseason…A free agent, Stanton will generate some attention for a No. 2 job…Johnson is a name to watch as a potential backup to Kaepernick in San Francisco.
Harrell will compete with Coleman for the primary backup job behind Rodgers…Campbell and Orton are longshots for realistic opportunities to win a starting job, but both will be among the league’s better No. 2 options…Yates isn’t pushing Schaub just yet in Houston, but the leash is getting shorter on the aged veteran…Davis could get a look if Bradford doesn’t take another step forward…Quinn, Leinart, and Daniel are free agents looking for a chance to compete for a starting job…If Arizona fails to add competition, Hoyer will push Kolb for the starting gig…McElroy is currently atop the Jets’ depth chart, but he’s sure to have competition within a few weeks…Garrard is flirting with the Jets and figures to latch on somewhere as a No. 2…Hasselbeck is next in line if Locker struggles, but he’s closing in on 38-years-old…Skelton and Lindley are no longer realistic candidates for Arizona’s starting job…Tebow figures to require a position change in order to land on a roster…Tolzien is a longshot for the 49ers’ primary backup job.