Ranking of the best NFL backup QBs of 2022: Jimmy Garoppolo of the 49ers is on the front page of the list of veterans no. 2

Quarterbacks are always the talk of the NFL and this year there is no shortage of star power in this position. Just consider the the top 10 callers of 2022, a harvest named after the timeless Tom Brady but crammed with young actors on the rise. But what happens when the big names fall out? Injuries take their toll every year and, unfortunately, this includes the QB position.

But which teams are best prepared to overcome a defeat under the center? Here’s a look at the best backups in the league:

Note: There are more QBs listed (33) than teams (32), because we expect at least one of Baker Mayfield or Jimmy Garoppolo to be traded and assume a starting job before the 2022 season.

Young people

Tyler Huntley


We are ranking the recent highest draft picks (from 2020) separate from the others, only because they differ greatly from the No. 2 in career. For example, if our starter went down, we might rather be betting on Jordan Love’s edge rather than, say, Andy Dalton’s experience. But we may also prefer the proven vet for just one major start or two. So here’s how we would classify young people:

6. Matt Corral (Panthers)

He seems to have the necessary swagger and mobility, but how quickly will he / she be able to settle in the NFL?

5. Desmond Ridder (Falchi)

It might be a challenge to separate it from the Falcons’ rebuilding formation. Will his trust translate into consistency?

4. Jordan Love (packers)

We’ve only seen one real match from him and he’s still developing his vision, but at 23, with good build and a legitimate arm, we still like his potential as a large passer-by.

3. Malik Willis (Titans)

Like Love, he is almost a total stranger, but he also possesses some weird athletic qualities. In his case, it is not only the laser arm, but also the electric legs. In a pinch, these kinds of gifts can mask other flaws.

2. Kenny Pickett (Steelmakers)

He’s widely considered more of a confident prospect than a special one, but the guy has done a lot of little things in and around his pocket well in Pittsburgh, and he could very well start for a team of Steelers of playoff caliber as a rookie.

1. Tyler Huntley (Ravens)

No, he’s not Lamar Jackson, but he’s a perfect replacement in Baltimore, where he has shown in limited samples that he can confidently launch and create ground clearance. It’s not a bad thing to have a athlete as an emergency fill.

The best of vets

Jimmy Garoppolo


10. Tyrod Taylor (Giants)

New York is overpaying considering that in recent years it has struggled to stay healthy even off the bench, and is not particularly accurate despite the tendency to pass from the short area. However, it has been a useful starter before and can move.

9. Andy Dalton (saints)

He hasn’t had a record of wins as a QB in seven years. It still launches many choices despite an increasingly “safe” approach. But you can’t teach 148 games of early experience either, and he has shown he can agree with the talent around him.

8. Jacoby Brissett (brown)

Like Taylor and Dalton, he has somehow managed to be both conservative and relatively inefficient during prolonged action. But he quickly adapted to sudden career changes and proved, with the Colts, that he can be on the edge of the playoffs with good support.

7. Keenum case (invoices)

Keenum gets into trouble with his gunslinger style, but he also extends plays and wins over teammates alike. A true blue-collar after starting racing in Minnesota and Denver, would have been a higher backup plan for the 2022 Browns, who instead opted for Brissett as the likely replacement for Deshaun Watson’s suspension.

6. Taylor Heinicke (Commanders)

Washington got the total Heinicke experience in 2022: energetic, exciting and fickle. He is best suited for a heavy or short-range attack, but his moxie, mobility, and willingness to try big throws make him one of the more tempting emergency starters.

5. Gardner Minshew (Eagles)

The size and power of the arm may never be there, but this guy is a prototype No. 2, which exudes swagger, flashing athleticism and pretty ground touting. In 27 career games with the rebuilding of the Eagles and Jaguars teams, he has thrown 42 touchdowns on just 12 picks.

4. Nick Foles (Colts)

His deed of disappearance in 2021 is an indictment of the Bears, who preferred the more expensive Andy Dalton as Justin Fields’ predecessor. Foles and his big arm are unstable and need protection ahead of time. But few reserve QBs have been calmer, more collected, and willing to make tight pitches in tough times when called.

3. Teddy Bridgewater (Dolphins)

He has never been anything but a full-time profit, offering a steady hand in highly successful shots. But he is well-liked, generally accurate, avoids mostly deadly turnovers, and has led several winning streaks in talented formations. Most teams would love to have him in the locker room, as long as he only gets under the center for a select number of games.

2. Baker Mayfield (brown)

The material is still starting. Yes, he’s been on a rocky trajectory, going from bold to sloppy to underrated to abused in four years as a Cleveland kid. His ceiling could very well serve as a point guard for a heavy approach that relieves the pressure from his good but streaked arm. But no doubt, at 26, he still belongs somewhere for a final audition as number 1.

1. Jimmy Garoppolo (49ers)

Like Mayfield, who plans to move ahead of the season, Jimmy G has so far reached his peak as an intermediate starter, thriving most when the weight is not on his arm but rather on the system he plays point guard in. He also struggled a lot to stay healthy. Still, at his best, he’s a pocket passer-by prototype who can shoot all the shots with deep playoff experience.


These guys make up the bulk of the reserve QBs in the NFL and, to be honest, they’re not that far apart. Sure, you can argue over each other, but at the end of the day, you’re especially confident they don’t have to see extended action. They are listed roughly in order of preference:

Colt McCoy (Cardinals), Drew Lock / Geno Smith (sea hawks), Chad Henne (Heads), Pursue Daniele (Chargers), CJ Beathard (Jaguars), Brandon Allen (Bengali), Josh Johnson / Brett Rypien (Bronchus), Kyle Allen (Texans), Blaine Gabbert (buccaneers), Trevor Siemian (Bears), Brian Hoyer (patriots), Joe Flacco (Jet), Jarrett Stidham (Marauders), Cooper Rush (Cowboy), John Wolford (Aries), Sean Mannion (Vikings), David Blough (Lions)

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