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Friday, September 3, 2010
Chase Daniel appears to be No. 2 QB

By Pat Yasinskas

Although the New Orleans Saints haven’t formally announced any roster moves today, it’s become apparent that Chase Daniel has won the backup quarterback job.

Mike Triplett reports that the agent for Patrick Ramsey said the veteran has been cut. Ramsey was signed as the heir apparent to veteran Mark Brunell to serve as the backup for Drew Brees. But Daniel, who spent part of his rookie season on the regular roster and practice squad, had such a strong preseason that he beat out Ramsey.

Under coach Sean Payton, the Saints often carry only two quarterbacks. Rookie Sean Canfield already was released, but remains a candidate to be signed to the practice squad next week.

Ramsey didn’t play poorly in the preseason and could be on the radar for several other teams looking for experienced backups. I see one possible destination in the NFC South, and let me make this clear: this matchmaking is purely speculative on my part.

Although the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been singing the praises of Josh Johnson, I really think they need a backup with some real experience behind starter Josh Freeman. Johnson isn’t very experienced, and I’m not convinced he can be a solid backup.

If the depth chart at quarterback stays the way it is in Tampa Bay, the Bucs are in a world of trouble if anything happens to Freeman, who is recovering from a fractured thumb and expected to begin practicing soon. A guy like Ramsey wouldn’t be a threat to Freeman, but he has some experience and talent, and he’d provide better insurance than Johnson.