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Titans: Backup QB plan

June, 6, 2012
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Assessing the Titans’ backup QB situation if the guy who wins the starting job, Matt Hasselbeck or Jake Locker, is injured and misses time.

The Titans feel great about their quarterback situation, because they don’t expect the battle for the starting job to be a rout and believe they’ll come out of it with a quality guy serving as the backup. If it’s Locker, he’s a high-energy player who can provide a boost off the bench and can make plays on the run. He averaged 7 yards a carry the eight times he ran as a rookie. If it’s Hasselbeck, he’ll bring veteran savvy and experience and should be able to operate without having had many practice reps. Hasselbeck won’t be surprised by much. He's played in 186 games and has a career passer rating of 82.2. As the reliever, either quarterback would benefit from the Titans’ solid pass protection and improved corps of weapons.

Confidence rating (out of 100) if Hasselbeck or Locker is out for extended period: 81.

Texans: Backup QB plan

June, 6, 2012
6/06/12
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Assessing the Texans’ backup QB situation if Matt Schaub is injured and misses time.

With a regular-season passer rating of 80.7 over six games, T.J. Yates showed in 2011 that he can be a capable NFL starter. That proof came during a rookie season following the NFL lockout -- which meant he didn’t have the benefit of any organized team activities or offseason schooling. While Yates led the Texans to a first-round playoff victory over Cincinnati, he looked every bit the overmatched rookie in the game that ended Houston’s season in Baltimore. He’ll be Schaub’s backup this season and should be better equipped than he was a year ago to step in as needed. -- though the idea is a relief effort and a start or two, not the sort of long stretch the Texans had to ask of him a year ago.

Confidence rating (out of 100) if Schaub is out for extended period: 73.

Jaguars: Backup QB plan

June, 6, 2012
6/06/12
11:00
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Assessing the Jaguars’ backup QB situation if Blaine Gabbert is injured and misses time.

When Chad Henne arrived in Jacksonville as a free agent, there was some early talk that he could quickly win the favor of coaches and be only a short distance from the starter's job. If Gabbert struggles, as he did as a rookie, that could ultimately prove to be the case. But that feeling apparently cooled once the team got on the field for offseason work. Still, the team signed Henne because it needed a better alternative to Gabbert than it had last year in Luke McCown. Henne has a big arm and a reasonably good resume (36 games, a 75.7 passer rating) in a league in which many teams are thin at the backup quarterback spot.

Confidence rating (out of 100) if Gabbert is out for extended period: 64.

Colts: Backup QB plan

June, 6, 2012
6/06/12
10:40
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Assessing the Colts’ backup QB situation if Andrew Luck is injured and misses time.

When the Jets traded for Tim Tebow, it meant the recently added Drew Stanton became expendable. New York pledged to move Stanton to a better situation, and Indianapolis traded for him. He hardly has the kind of experience you’d like in a veteran who needs to be ready to step in without the benefit of a lot of practice reps, which you want going to the No. 1 pick in the draft. Stanton has played in 12 games, throwing nine interceptions and five touchdowns while completing under 56 percent of his passes. The other option is Chandler Harnish, but it’s hard to imagine the seventh-rounder won’t be either a third-stringer or a practice-squader.

Confidence rating (out of 100) if Luck is out for extended period: 15.

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