10 quarterbacks the Tennessee Titans should watch

LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach Bobby Petrino of the Louisville Cardinals talks with Lamar Jackson
LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach Bobby Petrino of the Louisville Cardinals talks with Lamar Jackson /

The Tennessee Titans need to solve the backup quarterback issue now.

6 quarters. That is all it took for me to know that the Tennessee Titans have a huge need at backup QB.

Argue however you want, it is inexcusable to play as poorly as the Titans did on Sunday offensively. A large portion of that falls on the play calling and the quarterback.

With that fresh on my mind, here is what I would do at the quarterbacks position. These 10 names are a mix of people the Titans should look at both short and long term.

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Some are more expensive and some are less reliable. That is the risk/reward of a backup QB. Before anyone asks, no Colin Kaepernick is not on this list because he has to exist outside of any QB conversation because there is just so much politics around his possible signing with a team.

Let’s start with the short term and work our way up.

Immediate Help off the street

1. Robert Griffin III

-RG3 will never be what he was in Washington, and that is alright for our list right now. However even in Cleveland he was able to run the ball really effectively.

In a short time in Cleveland he ended up with nearly 60% completion, 6 yards per attempt, 4 total touchdowns and 3 interceptions in 5 games.

That is a guy that can at least move an offense in multiple ways and you can run him at will because you don’t really have to worry about long term issues if you want him to just be a backup and play a few games.

Potential trade

2. Case Keenum

-In a few weeks the Minnesota Vikings are going to have Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater and Case Keenum all on their roster. However, all three are free agents after this year.

It makes no sense to keep all three of them and not get anything back, I think Case Keenum would be the easiest to trade given the potential to re-sign him. Meanwhile the Vikings can hide Bridgewater and try to get him back on a reasonable deal this offseason.

Future free agents

3. Sam Bradford

-The Vikings QBs are going to get a lot of attention on this list, but Sam Bradford is interesting. I think his struggles last night may indicate that he is more hurt than we believed and that Mike Zimmer rushed him back into action.

Still in their first game when he was healthy he looked great. Teams know they can’t trust him long-term, but they can trust him in bursts. He could be the best backup in the NFL.

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  • 4. Teddy Bridgewater

    -He is a borderline starting quarterback based off of what he has looked like in the past and the injury makes it look like even more of a question. He is a minimalist QB who can move and offense, but really doesn’t do much to excite you.

    Still, he is a really good option as far as back up QBs go and the Titans would have to kick the tires on him.

    5. Chad Henne

    -It feels like every time I have seen Henne play he has been beating the Titans, so I may be biased. However, he feels like a good backup option and it would be the most talented team he has ever been on.

    6. Ryan Fitzpatrick

    -I’m not in love with this idea, but he gives offenses a big spark when he is on and he continues to find his way into the starting lineup due to his play as a backup. That generally means that he is solid.

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    7. Lamar Jackson

    -If teams are going to be foolish enough to try to turn him into a wide receiver or whatever, forget that. The Titans should know a good QB when they see him and this front office loves collecting Heisman trophy winners.

    8. Josh Allen

    -Mr. Tools over there will probably fall out of the first and maybe out of the second round. If the Titans can get a guy with potential in the third round that can at least stretch the field then maybe that makes sense.

    9.  Mason Rudolph

    -It is hard to say how much of Rudolph’s production is because of his WRs and how much of it you should credit some of his beautiful downfield passes. However, what is clear is that with a good cast and a plan, Rudolph can be a productive player.

    10. Luke Falk

    -Falk is probably the best example of a Day 3 QB that could be a good backup with upside. He killed USC by checking down over and over until things opened up down the field.

    That patience and persistence is what you need if you don’t have all the traits of a starting QB. You can call it a “system QB” or whatever, but I still think he has a lot of potential as a developmental guy.