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  • Brad Kaaya QB | DET

    Lions' Brad Kaaya: In the mix for backup QB role

    Kaaya should compete with Jake Rudock for the No. 2 quarterback job, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports.

    The Lions made it clear how much they think of Rudock by uncharacteristically carrying him as their No. 3 QB on the active roster the majority of the 2016 season -- in order to ensure another team couldn't sign him off their practice squad -- and subsequently parting ways with incumbent backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky earlier this offseason. However, Detroit management probably wasn't expecting a quarterback of Kaaya's caliber to fall to the end of the sixth round and couldn't resist when he landed in their laps. While the Miami (Fl.) product might lack the ideal frame to succeed at the professional level, he likely offers higher upside than Rudock and could make a bid for the backup job out of the gates if he can put together impressive summer and preseason showings.

  • Brock Osweiler QB | CLE

    Browns' Brock Osweiler: Could lose roster spot before Week 1

    Head coach Hue Jackson said 2017 second-round draft pick DeShone Kizer will have a chance to compete with Osweiler and Cody Kessler for the starting job, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    Acquired along with a 2018 second-round draft pick as part of a salary dump earlier in the offseason, Osweiler is on the books for a guaranteed $16 million salary in 2017 -- giving the Browns little incentive to release him at this juncture. He thus figures to be part of the team's quarterback competition, though he'd presumably have to outshine the 23-year-old Kessler and 21-year-old Kizer by a wide margin to actually win the starting job for a rebuilding team. While they wouldn't get any cap relief from releasing Osweiler, the Browns might ultimately decide they prefer 24-year-old Kevin Hogan as the third quarterback for the final roster. Kizer and Kessler are obvious locks to make the team, with the latter an early favorite to start Week 1.

  • Cardale Jones QB | BUF

    Bills' Cardale Jones: Competition ahead

    The Bills drafted Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman in the fifth round of this weekend's draft, setting the stage for some competition with Jones and Josh Woodrum for the No. 3 job.

    Veteran T.J. Yates is expected to get the No. 2 role behind Tyrod Taylor, though we suppose if both Jones and Peterman make great strides this summer that could alter the landscape. As it stands now, the second-year Jones and the rookie Peterman appear to have a full-out competition ahead of them to make the team. The practice squad is an option, although, given the upside of each QB, it's likely another team would snap them up.

  • 49ers' C.J. Beathard: Not expected to start

    Head coach Kyle Shanahan stated that Beathard will not compete for a starting job as a rookie, Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Despite spending a third-round draft pick on the quarterback out of Iowa, the 49ers are committed to developing the young arm behind the seasoned veteran, Brian Hoyer. Beathard could potentially wind up on the practice squad if both Hoyer and Matt Barkley enter camp healthy. While the rookie doesn't have the characteristics of a high-end fantasy quarterback, working with Shanahan -- who has gotten the most out of his quarterbacks -- could result in some fantasy-friendly performances down the road.

  • Brad Kaaya QB | DET

    Lions' Brad Kaaya: Picked by Detroit

    The Lions selected Kaaya in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 215th overall.

    Kaaya was one of the better quarterbacks in college football the last three years, starting as a true freshman and finishing his three-year run with 9,968 yards (8.4 YPA), 69 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. Kaaya (6-foot-4, 214 pounds) is a skinny quarterback, however, and for some reason didn't add any weight since his freshman year. The NFL was evidently skeptical about his physical ability to play the position.

  • Brian Hoyer QB | SF

    49ers' Brian Hoyer: Remains starter despite team drafting QB

    Head coach Kyle Shanahan stated that Hoyer is still the team's starting quarterback despite taking C.J. Beathard in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Beathard was considered a developmental draft selection, so Hoyer's starting job is in no danger and Shanahan confirmed that sentiment Friday. The journeyman quarterback has shown flashes of fantasy usefulness over the past few seasons, but injuries have always cut the 32-year-old's seasons short. Health and inconsistent results will keep veteran's value depressed heading into drafts next season, but there is some potential for a career year under Shanahan, for whom Hoyer threw for a career-high 3,326 yards in 2014 when both were with the Browns.

  • Cody Kessler QB | CLE

    Browns' Cody Kessler: In competition for starting role

    Kessler, along with the other quarterbacks on the roster, will compete for the starting job, according to Cleveland.com.

    Even though the Browns took DeShone Kizer in the second round of the draft, head coach Hue Jackson made it clear Kessler is still very much in the conversation to be the team's starting quarterback. In his rookie campaign, Kessler completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,380 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions across parts of nine games. He showed flashes of potential at times, but ball security was an issue. On the flip side, his knowledge of the offense should give him a leg up on the job as training camp begins.

  • DeShone Kizer QB | CLE

    Browns' DeShone Kizer: WIll compete for starting gig

    Coach Hue Jackson said Friday that Kizer will have a chance to compete for the starting job, according to Cleveland.com.

    The second-round draft pick out of Notre Dame joins quarterbacks Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan and Brock Osweiler on the roster, and it seems each will have a shot to start the season under center. Osweiler and Kessler have the most experience, but neither performed at an especially high level in 2016, giving Kizer a fair chance. As with all rookies, there are many things he needs to improve on to be a successful NFL quarterback, but as of now, his competition is rather weak. However, all of this would change if the Browns finally convince the Patriots to part ways with Jimmy Garoppolo.

  • Bills' Nathan Peterman: Picked by Buffalo

    The Bills selected Peterman in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 171st overall.

    Peterman (6-foot-2, 226 pounds) was expected to go at least a round earlier than this, so this looks like a good value for the Bills. Peterman presumably fell this far due to a perceived lack of upside, but the former Tennessee transfer deserves some credit for quietly playing very well the last two years. Despite only having one decent receiver on his roster, Peterman threw for 2,855 yards (9.3 YPA), 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2016. He'll try to stick as Buffalo's third quarterback.

  • Joshua Dobbs QB | PIT

    Steelers' Joshua Dobbs: Fourth-round pick for Pittsburgh

    The Steelers selected Dobbs in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 135th overall.

    Dobbs (6-foot-3, 216 pounds) is a great athlete and verified genius with lots of starting experience, and he has the tools to make for an interesting developmental project behind Ben Roethlisberger. While his downfield accuracy was quite strong by the end of his Tennessee career, Dobbs never showed the natural ability to read defenses that you'd like to see in a quarterback. If his experiment at quarterback doesn't go well, Dobbs has the athleticism to transition to receiver.