Going With Two Quarterbacks

When the Chiefs decided to carry just two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster to open the season, more than a few fans were surprised. In the last 30 years, the team has never had fewer than three quarterbacks on the active roster for a game.

But in going with Matt Cassel and Brodie Croyle on the 53-man roster, the Chiefs were one of 10 NFL teams that kept only two quarterbacks.

The others were Baltimore, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New England, New Orleans, New York Giants and Seattle.

That group includes four of the best starting quarterbacks in the game: Peyton Manning with the Colts, Tom Brady with the Patriots, Drew Brees with the Saints and Aaron Rodgers with the Packers.

Of those 10 teams with only two QBs on the active roster, four do not have a quarterback on the practice squad: Baltimore, Minnesota, New England and New Orleans.

As of the season opening game on Thursday night, here’s how the quarterbacks are parceled out around the two conferences:


Team Starter Backup #1 Backup #2 Practice Squad
Baltimore Joe Flacco Marc Bulger    
Buffalo Trent Edwards Ryan Fitzpatrick Brian Brohm  
Cincinnati Carson Palmer Jordan Palmer Dan LeFevour  
Cleveland Jake Delhomme Seneca Wallace Colt McCoy  
Denver Kyle Orton Tim Tebow Brady Quinn  
Houston Matt Schaub Dan Orlovsky Matt Leinart  
Indianapolis Peyton Manning Curtis Painter   Tom Brandstater
Jacksonville David Garrard Luke McCown   Brett Ratliff
Miami Chad Henne Chad Pennington Tyler Thigpen  
New England Tom Brady Brian Hoyer    
N.Y. Jets Mark Sanchez Mark Brunell Kellen Clemens  
Oakland Jason Campbell Kyle Boller Bruce Gradkowski  
Pittsburgh Ben Roethlisberger* Byron Leftwich Charlie Batch &

Dennis Dixon

San Diego Phillip Rivers Billy Volek J.T. O’Sullivan  
Tennessee Vince Young Kerry Collins Rusty Smith  

*Roethlisberger is serving a four-game NFL suspension.


Team Starter Backup #1 Backup #2 Practice Squad
Arizona Derek Anderson Max Hall John Skelton  
Atlanta Matt Ryan Chris Redman John Parker Wilson  
Carolina Matt Moore Jimmy Clausen Tony Pike  
Chicago Jay Cutler Todd Collins Caleb Hanie  
Dallas Tony Romo Jon Kitna Stephen McGee  
Detroit Matthew Stafford Shaun Hill Drew Stanton  
Green Bay Aaron Rodgers Matt Flynn   Graham Harrell
Minnesota Brett Favre Tarvaris Jackson    
New Orleans Drew Brees Chase Daniel    
N.Y. Giants Eli Manning Sage Rosenfels   Rhett Bomar
Philadelphia Kevin Kolb Michael Vick Mike Kafka  
St. Louis Sam Bradford A.J. Feeley Thaddeus Lewis  
San Francisco Alex Smith David Carr Troy Smith Nate Davis
Seattle Matt hasselbeck Charlie Whitehurst   Zac Robinson
Tampa Bay Josh Freeman Josh Johnson Rudy Carpenter  
Washington Donovan McNabb Rex Grossman John Beck  

One Response to “Going With Two Quarterbacks”

  • September 10, 2010  - Michael says:

    Any new players at practice?

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