Poll Friday: Best backup QB?

June, 1, 2012
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Earlier this week we ranked the top starting quarterbacks in the AFC East. But what about their backups?

Backup quarterbacks are not thought about much until you really need them. An entire season can go completely down the drain if a team doesn’t have a solid No. 2 behind the starting quarterback.

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Who is the best backup QB in the AFC East?

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    36%
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    20%
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    21%

Discuss (Total votes: 11,253)

In our latest edition of “Poll Friday,” we want to know who our community thinks is the best No. 2 quarterback in the AFC East. We have some interesting choices from all four teams.

Let’s start with Tim Tebow of the New York Jets. Perhaps no player in the NFL is more polarizing. Tebow is not your conventional quarterback, but he’s won in the playoffs at the NFL level, which is not easy. Is he the best security blanket at quarterback the division has to offer?

Is it Vince Young? The Buffalo Bills recently signed the former first-round pick as insurance behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. Young has won games as a starter in Tennessee and Philadelphia. Is he the top backup quarterback in the division?

What about Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill? This year’s No. 8 overall pick has all the tools but just 19 collegiate starts. Is he ready for the NFL game? By the way, we are disqualifying Matt Moore and David Garrard from this poll until we find out who is the starter and backup.

Finally, the New England Patriots have backup quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett. Both are unknowns, because they see little playing time behind future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. Is Hoyer or Mallett the best backup quarterback in the AFC East?

Cast your vote using our SportsNation poll. You can also share your thoughts in the comment section below.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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