Here's a full list of NFL backup quarterbacks for 2021


The Cleveland Browns’ disappointing season will wrap up in Week 18 without starting quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield, the former No. 1 overall pick, will get a head start on offseason shoulder surgery and miss the final game of the season with the Browns already eliminated from playoff contention. Case Keenum will start in his place.

He has been playing with a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder since Week 2, and his game has clearly suffered. In Week 17, Mayfield was sacked nine times in Cleveland’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. After throwing six interceptions in the Browns’ last two games, Mayfield and the team finally decided it was time for the surgery.

Looking across the league, several other backup quarterbacks could be in action for regular season finales. Jimmy Garoppolo’s status is unclear after he missed Week 17 with a thumb injury, as the San Francisco 49ers turned to rookie Trey Lance. Lamar Jackson could return for the Baltimore Ravens after sitting out the last three games due to an ankle injury.

The Minnesota Vikings could also be without their starting quarterback again after Kirk Cousins was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list last week. Sean Mannion started in his place for Week 17, but Cousins could return if he is asymptomatic by Sunday. Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow will also miss Week 18 after Cincy locked up the AFC North title, and Brandon Allen is expected to start.

Who is each NFL team’s backup quarterback?

There are 27 signal-callers who have made at least one start after entering the 2021 season as a backup: Seattle's Geno Smith, Washington’s Taylor Heinicke and Garrett Gilbert, Houston’s Davis Mills, Miami’s Jacoby Brissett, Chicago’s Justin Fields and Nick Foles, San Francisco’s Trey Lance, Cleveland's Case Keenum and Nick Mullens, Dallas' Cooper Rush, New York's Mike White and Joe Flacco, New Orleans' Trevor Siemian, Taysom Hill and Ian Book, Green Bay's Jordan Love, Arizona's Colt McCoy, Carolina's P.J. Walker and Cam Newton, Pittsburgh's Mason Rudolph, Detroit’s Tim Boyle, Baltimore’s Tyler Huntley and Josh Johnson, New York's Mike Glennon and Jake Fromm and Philadelphia's Gardner Minshew.

Here’s an updated look at all of the quarterback rooms across the NFL (* = backup currently filling in for injured starter):

Arizona Cardinals

Starter: Kyler Murray

Backups: Colt McCoy, Chris Streveler

Atlanta Falcons

Starter: Matt Ryan

Backups: Josh Rosen, Feleipe Franks, AJ McCarron (IR)

Baltimore Ravens

Starter: Lamar Jackson

Backup: Tyler Huntley, Josh Johnson

Buffalo Bills

Starter: Josh Allen

Backup: Mitch Trubisky

Carolina Panthers

Starter: Sam Darnold

Backup: Cam Newton, P.J. Walker 

Chicago Bears

Starter: Justin Fields

Backups: Andy Dalton, Nick Foles

Cincinnati Bengals

Starter: Joe Burrow

Backup: Brandon Allen

Cleveland Browns

Starter: Baker Mayfield (out with injury)

Backup: Case Keenum*, Nick Mullens

Dallas Cowboys

Starter: Dak Prescott

Backups: Cooper Rush, Will Grier

Denver Broncos

Starter: Teddy Bridgewater (out with injury)

Backups: Drew Lock*, Brett Rypien

Detroit Lions

Starter: Jared Goff (out with injury)

Backups: David Blough, Tim Boyle*

Green Bay Packers

Starter: Aaron Rodgers

Backup: Jordan Love

Houston Texans

Starter: Davis Mills

Backups: Tyrod Taylor, Deshaun Watson

Indianapolis Colts

Starter: Carson Wentz

Backups: Brett Hundley, Sam Ehlinger

Jacksonville Jaguars

Starter: Trevor Lawrence

Backup: C.J. Beathard

Kansas City Chiefs

Starter: Patrick Mahomes

Backup: Chad Henne

Las Vegas Raiders

Starter: Derek Carr

Backups: Nathan Peterman, Marcus Mariota

Los Angeles Chargers

Starter: Justin Herbert

Backups: Chase Daniel, Easton Stick

Los Angeles Rams

Starter: Matthew Stafford

Backups: John Wolford, Bryce Perkins

Miami Dolphins

Starter: Tua Tagovailoa

Backups: Jacoby Brissett

Minnesota Vikings

Starter: Kirk Cousins (reserve/COVID-19 list)

Backups: Sean Mannion*, Kellen Mond, Kyle Sloter, Nate Stanley (IR)

New England Patriots

Starter: Mac Jones

Backups: Brian Hoyer, Jarrett Stidham

New Orleans Saints

Starter: Jameis Winston (IR)

Backups: Taysom Hill*, Trevor Siemian, Ian Book

New York Giants 

Starter: Daniel Jones (IR)

Backup: Mike Glennon, Jake Fromm*

New York Jets

Starter: Zach Wilson

Backups: Mike White, Joe Flacco

Philadelphia Eagles

Starter: Jalen Hurts 

Backup: Gardner Minshew II, Reid Sinnett

Pittsburgh Steelers

Starter: Ben Roethlisberger

Backups: Mason Rudolph, Dwayne Haskins, Joshua Dobbs (IR)

San Francisco 49ers

Starter: Jimmy Garoppolo

Backup: Trey Lance*

Seattle Seahawks

Starter: Russell Wilson

Backup: Geno Smith, Jacob Eason

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Starter: Tom Brady

Backups: Blaine Gabbert, Kyle Trask

Tennessee Titans

Starter: Ryan Tannehill

Backup: Logan Woodside

Washington Football Team

Starter: Ryan Fitzpatrick (IR)

Backups: Taylor Heinicke*, Kyle Allen, Garrett Gilbert

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