Quarterbacks are key at NFLPA game

Updated: January 18, 2013, 8:46 PM ET
By Kevin Weidl
CARSON, Calif. -- After four days of practice at the Home Depot Center, we're ready for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (Jan. 19, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN2). With experienced head coaches such as Dick Vermeil leading the National team and Herm Edwards leading the American squad, the game should be a good stage for these seniors to showcase their skills.

We want to see what the players can do in pads and in a game-type situation.

Here are the three things to watch in:

1. Quarterback play: In these types of games, you want to see which quarterback takes charge and steps up. The quarterbacks are usually set up for a good day. There are restrictions on coverages and very vanilla defenses. So it's their day to show their stuff. You want to see which quarterback could have a big day in a game-like atmosphere.