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Quarterback Player Notes
For The Last 15 Days
 
Brian Hoyer, QB, PIT8/20/2014 1:00:00 PM
Description: The Browns have named Brian Hoyer the starting quarterback for Week 1, according to clevelandbrowns.com. "He was the clear leader from the beginning," coach Mike Pettine said. "We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room."
Insight: Hoyer started three games last season but tore his ACL early in the third one. In the two games in which Hoyer played heavily, tight end Jordan Cameron had 16 catches for 157 yards and four touchdowns on 23 targets. If Hoyer doesn't get off to a good start in the Browns' first three games (at Pittsburgh, vs. New Orleans, vs. Baltimore), we could see the team make the switch to Johnny Manziel during the Week 4 bye.
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS8/19/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III completed 6-of-9 passes for 112 yards and one interception against Cleveland on Monday night. He also rushed for 24 yards on four carries.
Insight: Griffin's best throw was a deep ball to Andre Roberts, which gained 49 yards. He had a bad interception when the Redskins were driving in the first quarter. On the play, pass rushers flushed Griffin from the pocket, and he failed to set his feet. The quarterback often improvised when pressured and even though head coach Jay Gruden did not draw up any designed runs for his quarterback, Griffin still had four carries. Fantasy owners should be excited about Griffin's upside but still concerned with the amount of hits Griffin is taking when carrying the ball. The Washington Post reports Griffin suffered a minor thigh bruise on Monday night.
Johnny Manziel, QB, CLE8/19/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Browns quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer rotated every two series for the first half and neither played well. Manziel complete 7-of-16 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. Hoyer was 2-for-6 with 16 yards. Manziel's touchdown came in the second half against Washington backups. According to Bob Holtzman of ESPN, a Browns team source says Johnny Manziel is now ahead of Brian Hoyer in the competition for the starting quarterback job.
Insight: The quarterback situation in Cleveland is extremely cloudy as the pair combined to go 4-of-13 through the air in the first half. Both quarterbacks skipped passes in the dirt and threw behind receivers. Hoyer missed an easy touchdown throw to Andrew Hawkins midway through the second quarter. Head coach Mike Pettine wanted to name his starter this week, but he may have to wait until after the third preseason game. Fantasy owners should too before drafting these quarterbacks.
Matt Cassel, QB, MIN8/18/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel will start Minnesota's third preseason game against Kansas City on Saturday according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Insight: That means Cassel will have started all three preseason games so far. Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater played well in the second preseason game, completing 16 of 20 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns, but the third starting nod for Cassel would indicate he is clearly ahead in the competition. Cassel is 17-for-22 with 239 yards and a touchdown this preseason.
Drew Brees, QB, NOS8/17/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees (oblique) is back at practice, according to Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune.
Insight: Brees missed some time due to the injury, but was never in danger of missing the season opener. Friday. TSN's projection have Brees throwing for 5,284 yards, 40 TDs and 13 interceptions. Only Peyton Manning can rival those numbers.
Peyton Manning, QB, DENHot8/17/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: After going 10-for-13 in his preseason debut, Broncos QB Peyton Manning was 12-for-14 for 102 yards and a score against the San Francisco 49ers.
Insight: Ho-hum. The 38-year-old set several NFL records last season including most yards (5,477) and most touchdown passes (55) in a single season and we expect more of the same in 2014. The five-time MVP will be the first quarterback off the board in fantasy drafts.
Andy Dalton, QB, CIN8/17/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton looked extremely sharp in Cincinnati's second preseason game.
Insight: He was 8-for-8 for 144 yards and a score. He can't justify his $115 million contract in preseason, but if he plays like this when they start playing for real he'll be worth every penny.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT8/17/2014 12:57:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger was efficient in his time on the field in the Steelers second preseason game, throwing for 128 yards and two scores.
Insight: Big Ben hit Antonio Brown for a 76-yard touchdown pass that should have caught fantasy owners attention. He also hit young Markus Wheaton on a 16-yard strike. Don't underestimate Roethlisberger's fantasy value.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MIN8/17/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater showed off some of his considerable talent late Saturday night, throwing for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
Insight: Bridgewater was 16-for-20 with no interceptions in leading Minnesota to a comeback victory over the Arizona Cardinals. A healthy Matt Cassel will still be the opening day starter, but this performance keeps alive hopes Bridgewater will eventually grab the starting role.
Tony Romo, QB, DAL8/16/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo started Saturday's preseason game and had four completions on five attempts for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Romo had back surgery in December, but he looked plenty healthy Saturday night. He completed three passes to Dez Bryant, including a 31-yard touchdown. With pass-happy offensive coordinator Scott Linehan in the fold, terrific weapons and a terrible defense, Romo is a steal at his current ninth-round ADP.
Derek Carr, QB, OAK8/16/2014 3:41:00 PM
Description: Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr suffered a concussion during Friday's preseason game, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Carr has completed 19-of-32 for 183 yards, a touchdown and an interception in two preseason games while Matt Schaub has gone 11-of-20 for 108 yards and a pick, but Schaub is still expected to begin the season as Oakland's starter.
Nick Foles, QB, PHI8/16/2014 2:45:00 PM
Description: Eagles quarterback Nick Foles completed 8-of-10 passes for 81 yards and a TD in Friday's preseason game.
Insight: He threw two picks in the first preseason game but rebounded nicely. His ADP dropped from the early sixth round to the early seventh over the past two weeks, but it's on the rise again.
Sam Bradford, QB, STL8/15/2014 2:48:00 PM
Description: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (knee surgery) is expected to play at least one quarter Saturday versus Green Bay.
Insight: Bradford is attempting to come back from a torn ACL and this will be fantasy owners first chance to see if he is ready to play. Prior to the injury, Bradford had 1,687 yards, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in seven games. A healthy Bradford certainly helps the fantasy value of his receivers.
Blake Bortles, QB, JAC8/15/2014 2:34:00 PM
Description: Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles, the No. 3 overall selection, had another solid outing against the Bears Thursday night, going 11-for-17 for 160 yards.
Insight: Bortles has been good enough that the team will give him one quarter with the starters next week, according to coach Gus Bradley. The rookie is locked into the backup role, at least at the start of the season. Check back after they start the season against Philadelphia, Washington, Indianapolis and San Diego. He's certain worth drafting in the late rounds.
Jay Cutler, QB, CHI8/14/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Quarterback Jay Cutler looked solid again in his preseason opener going 7-for-9 for 75 yards and a touchdown to Brandon Marshall.
Insight: With two great targets at wide receiver and solid tight end play from either Martellus Bennett it could be a big season for Cutler if he can just play a complete season.
Matt Flynn, QB, GBP8/14/2014 1:36:00 PM
Description: The Packers backup quarterback spot, between Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien, is still up in the air, according to a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel report.
Insight: Where have we heard this before, that Flynn could be losing his spot in training camp/preseason. Oh, that's right - Seattle and Oakland. The winner of the battle is the handcuff to Aaron Rodgers and could have value if called upon because of the team's top-quality receivers.
Tony Romo, QB, DAL8/13/2014 4:27:00 PM
Description: According to the Associated Press, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will start Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens.
Insight: It will be Romo's first game since his back surgery in December. He sat out the preseason opener. With pass-happy former Lions OC Scott Linehan calling the plays, a healthy Romo will be a steal at his ninth-round ADP.
Drew Brees, QB, NOS8/11/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees (oblique) is still dealing with a strained oblique.
Insight: He's unlikely to play in the second preseason game Friday. Brees should be fine for the regular season, but we'd like him to get reps with rookie receiver Brandin Cooks.
Cam Newton, QB, CAR8/10/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: According to ESPN.com, the Panthers have medically cleared Cam Newton (ankle) to play in their second preseason game next Sunday against the Chiefs.
Insight: Newton was also given clearance during Sunday's practice to run the read option for the first time since training camp began. He's been rehabbing from left ankle surgery since March. The fourth-year quarterback has top-three fantasy QB upside, but he's going 10th among quarterbacks at an ADP of 82.
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS8/10/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss says that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III "didn't look like the best quarterback on his own team" during Washington's joint practices with the New England Patriots this past week.
Insight: Reiss said that Kirk Cousins was better than Griffin in his mechanics, decision-making and running the offense. Griffin has top-five fantasy QB upside, but he's going ninth among quarterbacks in mock drafts because he comes with risks.
Johnny Manziel, QB, CLE8/10/2014 1:24:00 PM
Description: According to Bob Holtzman of ESPN, a Browns team source says Johnny Manziel is now ahead of Brian Hoyer in the competition for the starting quarterback job.
Insight: Well that was fast. Hoyer was the frontrunner when camp started, but Manziel has closed the gap already. He completed 7-of-11 for 63 yards and rushed six times for 27 yards in the Browns preseason opener Saturday night at Detroit, while Hoyer went 6-of-14 for 92 yards. Due to his rushing ability, Manziel could return low-end QB1 numbers immediately.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MIN8/9/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: It's worth noting that while Matt Cassel started the game, rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater did play some of the game with the starters.
Insight: It wasn't a particularly great showing for Bridgewater, going 6-for-13 for 49 yards, but it showed he's in the mix to start this season.
Jay Cutler, QB, CHI8/9/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Quarterback Jay Cutler looked solid in his preseason opener going 9-for-13 for 88 yards and a score.
Insight: More importantly, he didn't throw an interception, take a sack or get hurt. With two great targets at wide receiver and solid tight end play from either martellus Bennet of Zach Miller it could be a big season for Cutler if he can just play a complete season.
Josh McCown, QB, TAM8/9/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown did not look very good in his debut under center.
Insight: McCown was 2-for-4 for 20 yards and a "pick-six." He didn't get much help from his offensive line. They will all have to be much better or fantasy owners will start to devalue everyone on the Bucs' offense.
Blake Bortles, QB, JAC8/9/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles, the No. 3 overall selection, had a solid debut against Tampa Bay, completing 7-of-11 passes for 117 yards.
Insight: Bortles is locked into the backup role, at least at the start of the season. Check back after they start the season against Philadelphia, Washington, Indianapolis and San Diego. If they are 0-4 strategies could quickly change.
Nick Foles, QB, PHI 8/8/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Eagles quarterback Nick Foles threw two interceptions and went 6-of-9 for 44 yards in Friday's preseason opener.
Insight: Foles threw that many picks on 317 throws last season. The Eagles have been trying to get Foles to get rid of the ball more quickly than last season to avoid sacks and he reportedly hasn't looked great in training camp yet. He'll also have to overcome the loss of DeSean Jackson this season, so he comes with some risk at his sixth-round ADP, but Chip Kelly's offense gives him top-five upside.
Cam Newton, QB, CAR8/8/2014 8:47:00 PM
Description: The Panthers held quarterback Cam Newton (ankle surgery) out of the first preseason game Friday night.
Insight: Newton is dealing with lingering pain from his ankle surgery. He described it as a "thump from your mom when you said something that you weren't supposed to. She'll thump you dead in your ear or on your head. It'll hurt for that little second but it'll go away after 2-3 minutes," according to the Charlotte Observer. Newton has a month to go before Week 1 so we aren't concerned yet, especially because the intention of the surgery was to strengthen his ligaments. He might run less early in the year, but he still has top-three fantasy QB upside and is being drafted 10th among quarterbacks.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA8/8/2014 8:41:00 PM
Description: Playing without starters Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Charles Clay, Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill went 6-of-6 for 62 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason opener against the Falcons.
Insight: Tannehill was sacked 10 times more than any other quarterback in the NFL last season, Miami had an ineffective running game and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman was painfully uncreative with high-priced receiver Mike Wallace, but Tannehill still threw for 3,913 yards and 24 touchdowns while running for 238 yards. The Dolphins brought in Bill Lazor from Philadelphia to run the offense and rebuilt the offensive line with Branden Albert and Ja'Wuan James, so Tannehill could have a breakout third season.
Brandon Weeden, QB, DAL8/8/2014 10:57:00 AM
Description: Brandon Weeden looked surprisingly good in a starting role, going 13-for-17 for 107 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions in the Cowboys preseason opener.
Insight: He did it without Dez Bryant, Jason Witten or DeMarco Murray, so we were impressed. Tony Romo did have offseason surgery, but should be ready to go when the season begins. If Weeden can continue to play at this level he'll be a solid handcuff.
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN8/8/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Broncos QB Peyton Manning was his usual efficient self, going 10-for-13 in his preseason debut.
Insight: The 38-year-old set several NFL records last season including most yards (5,477) and most touchdown passes (55) in a single season and we expect more of the same in 2014. The five-time MVP will be the first quarterback off the board in fantasy drafts.
Ryan Mallett, QB, NEP8/8/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: If the Patriots were showcasing quarterback Ryan Mallett for a trade he didn't put his best foot forward throwing for just 55 yards on 5-for-12 passing.
Insight: Third-string Jimmy Garoppolo looked better than Mallett, though admittedly he was playing against second- and third-stringers on the Washington defense.
Blake Bortles, QB, JAC8/7/2014 2:02:00 PM
Description: Quarterback Blake Bortles, the No. 3 overall selection, has taken no snaps with the starters, according to beat writer Ryan O'Halloran.
Insight: Of the three first-round quarterback selections, he seems to be the least likely to win a starting job in 2014 as it appears the team is willing to let him watch and learn from the sidelines. Check back after they start the season against Philadelphia, Washington, Indianapolis and San Diego. If they are 0-4 strategies could quickly change.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, MIA8/7/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has set what he calls "realistic" statistical goals for Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill at 4,100 yards, 28 TDs, 12 INTs and a playoff berth.
Insight: The Dolphins quarterback would need a lot of help from a rebuilt offensive line to reach thoses numbers. He was sacked a league-high 58 times in 2013. TSN is predicting a less-lofty 3,620 yards, 22 TDs, 16 INTs and two rushing touchdowns.
Tom Brady, QB, NEP8/7/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: New England QB Tom Brady will not play in Thursday's game against Washington, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.
Insight: Brady did his work as the two teams scrimmaged this week. Don't read anything into his absence. Ryan Mallett will get the start.
Brian Hoyer, QB, PIT8/6/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Quarterback Brian Hoyer will start the Browns preseason opener on Saturday, according to beat writer Scott Petrak.
Insight: Hoyer is the favorite to start in Week 1 over Johnny Manziel, but Manziel could close the gap quickly once the exhibition season begins. Browns coach Mike Pettine said the first two preseason games will "more than likely" determine the winner of the quarterback competition.

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