QB Fantasy News
There are many talented rookie quarterbacks all around the league. Only a few of these rookies will start this season (and possibly become a great fantasy QB option) while others will serve as backups while gaining experience for the day their number is called. Here's a look at the new signal callers with 2015 in mind.
1. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The number one pick in this year's NFL draft, Winston is a talented quarterback that is the second string quarterback on the buccaneers depth chart, but it's highly expected by many that head coach Lovie Smith will eventually promote Winston permanently over the current number one quarterback, Mike Glennon, who played poor as the starting quarterback for Tampa Bay. Winston has even received raves from Lovie Smith about his great performance with the first and second-string offense. Winston also has a good receiving group to throw to including Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, who both had over 1,000 yards receiving this past season, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who are all over 6 feet, and 5 inches tall, which makes them great red zone targets.
2. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
In Tennessee, head coach Ken Whisenhunt has already stated he plans to start Mariota week one of the season. The Titans didn't have a great receiving corps last season, but with the additions of Harry Douglas, Hakeem Nicks, and Dorial Green-Beckham, Mariota could have great weapons to throw to in his rookie season. Meanwhile, the gap between Mariota and all other names on this list is Grand Canyon-sized.
3. Bryce Petty, New York Jets
Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey claims there is an open quarterback competition. Fine, but don't expect Petty in the mix for now. Geno Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick have been splitting the majority of the first team, as expected. Petty likely opens as the third string, but the real intrigue for Dynasty owners comes beyond 2015. Head coach Todd Bowles claims he views Petty as the quarterback of the future, maybe as soon 2016. At the very least, New York could be searching for a new starter if Smith doesn't step up this year.
4. Garrett Grayson, New Orleans Saints
Grayson is another quarterback that won't start next season, but should be on the radar for Dynasty players. Don't worry about Grayson's spot on the depth chart this season. Instead, focus on the future. Starting quarterback Drew Brees, 36, remains highly productive, but is certainly on the back nine of his career. Grayson may not have to wait too long to eventually get the starting position in Coach Sean Payton's high-scoring attack.
5. Brett Hundley, Green Bay Packers
Hundley is currently the fourth string quarterback and with his poor play in training camp, it seems the coaching staff might keep him there. While it is very unlikely the Packers will just straight up release Hundley, there is a good chance he could be sent to the practice squad. Hyped at UCLA for his athleticism, Hundley's has years before he gets an opportunity for the starting quarterback position.
6. Sean Mannion, St.Louis Rams
Whether Mannion ever gets a legitimate shot at starting with the Rams depends on Nick Foles' play with his new team. The ex-Eagle shinned at times during his run in Philadelphia. At 26, he remains plenty young. St. Louis hasn't had much luck with quarterbacks recently. Maybe that changes with the new guy, but whoever wins the backup battles between Austin Davis, Case Keenum and Mannion could have value down the line.
7. Shane Carden, Chicago Bears
Super deep sleeper alert. Carden went undrafted but indications are the East Carolina product has a good shot at making the final roster or at least sticking around on the practice squad. Considering Jay Cutler is an implosion away from losing his starting job if not getting run out of Chicago, tracking the backups makes for a fun parlor game. Jimmy Clausen and David Fales are main options behind Cutler, which really means the Bears' QB of the future in a Cutler-free world remains uncertain. Could be a good QB fantasy football stash in deep dynasty leagues.
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