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& so it begins
Join Date: Sep 2005
QB Situations Ranked (Bucky Brooks)
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30) Houston Texans
Starter: Ryan Fitzpatrick31) Cleveland Browns
Backups: Ryan Mallett and Tom Savage
Outlook: The Texans' quarterback situation has been shaky throughout the preseason, with Fitzpatrick, Savage and the since-released Case Keenum struggling to find consistency under center. The veteran Fitzpatrick, in particular, hasn't looked good throwing the ball to receivers on the perimeter, and his perpetual turnover woes are always a problem. Mallett, who was acquired from the Patriots in a move to solidify the backup quarterback spot on Sunday, has limited experience and was outplayed by the rookie Garoppolo in New England.
Starter: Brian Hoyer32) Buffalo Bills
Backup: Johnny Manziel
Outlook: Hoyer fended off a challenge from the rookie for the starting job, but it's hard to get fired up about his potential, based on his play this preseason. The veteran struggled to string together completions, and his suspect accuracy kept the team from getting on a roll. Sure, he led the Browns to a pair of wins last season, but he is coming off a torn ACL and might need some time to find his rhythm in the pocket. Manziel is an unorthodox playmaker capable of delivering spectacular highlights, but he has been inconsistent as a passer and was unable to move the Browns' first-team offense down the field with regularity.
Starter: EJ Manuel
Backup: Kyle Orton
Outlook: Buffalo is primed to make a postseason run, based on a wealth of talent on both sides of the ball, but Manuel's shaky preseason has sparked concerns about his readiness as a starter. There is already a feeling around the NFL that veteran Kyle Orton -- brought in to stabilize the backup position -- could unseat the second-year pro in a few weeks. Given the overall instability at the position, the Bills are in a bit of a quandary.