- Bill Williamson, ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter
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After looking at the list, here is my advice to the starters in the division: stay healthy.
The AFC West’s group of backups is not very strong. I ranked the group and asked Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. for his opinion of my list. Williamson agreed with my rankings and that this is a weak class. He said the separation between all four quarterbacks is not big.
Let’s look at our rankings:
2. Matt Leinart, Oakland: Leinart is a good fit in Oakland because of familiarity with offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and starter Carson Palmer. But he has shown he can’t be trusted as a starter.
4. Charlie Whitehurst, San Diego Chargers: The Chargers like their former No. 3 quarterback, but I think they would have been better off keeping Billy Volek as Philip Rivers' backup. Volek, in my mind, would have been the best backup in this division.
Now that Matt Leinart has signed with the Oakland Raiders, each teams in the AFC West has a new backup quarterback.After looking at the list, here is my advice to the starters in the division: stay healthy.