Ranking Jacoby Brissett Among Backups in NFL For 2023

Ranking Jacoby Brissett Among Backups in NFL For 2023
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Only 10 NFL quarterbacks started all 17 regular-season games for their teams last season. So it should not be a surprise to fans, or customers at Virginia sportsbooks, that the total number of quarterback starters last season set a record.

The number of players who lined up behind center as a starter was an astounding 68.

That set a record for a non-strike season. In 1987, when the league played three of its games with replacement players, reportedly there were 87 QB starters over the course of the season.

In 2022, two of the NFL’s 32 teams had four starters, the Arizona Cardinals, and the L.A. Rams. Quite a few teams started three quarterbacks.

One of them was the Washington Commanders, who enter the 2023 season with +8000 odds at BetMGM Virginia Sportsbook to win the Super Bowl in February.

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Sam Howell Picks Up Where He Left Off

In fact, the guy who started the last game of 2022 for Washington, Sam Howell, is slated to start the first one in 2023.

Howell has the distinction of being undefeated, so far. In Week 17, he led Washington past the archrival Dallas Cowboys, 26-6, completing 11 of 19 passes for 169 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Howell also had five rushing attempts for 35 yards and another TD.

That all added up to a starting job for Howell, a 22-year-old from the University of North Carolina who was drafted in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

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QB Carousel in Washington in 2022

The Commanders started 2022 with Carson Wentz as a supposed answer at quarterback. In short order, they were leaning on Taylor Heinicke. Neither player is with the team any longer.

So, if there’s any reason that Howell does not start a game, what’s Plan B for Washington? That would be veteran Jacoby Brissett, who has been both a starter and a backup during his seven-year career. Washington could do worse.

We wondered how Brissett stacks up against all of the other projected No. 2 quarterbacks in the league entering the 2023 season.

So BetVirginia.com, your source for the best Virginia sportsbook promotions, used data on all 32 backup QBs from Pro-Football-Reference.com. We considered games started, quarterback rating, touchdown percentage and interception percentage to compile an aggregate ranking of the most valuable backup QBs in the league. Based on those criteria, Brissett was ranked the eighth-best backup quarterback on NFL rosters.

In the various categories measured, Brissett was tied for No. 8 in games started; No. 12 in rating; No. 22 in TD% and No. 1 in INT%.

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Ranking NFL Backup Quarterbacks Entering 2023 Season

TeamBackup QBAggregate RankGames StartedQB RatingTD %INT %
ColtsGardner MinshewT-1st15th2nd3rd2nd
EaglesMarcus MariotaT-1st3rd4th6thT-9th
PanthersAndy Dalton3rd1st7th5thT-11th
GiantsTyrod Taylor4th7th5thT-10th3rd
LionsTeddy Bridgewater5th4th3rd15thT-5th
SteelersMitch Trubisky6th2nd8th2nd22nd
SaintsJameis Winston7thT-5th9thT-10th8th
CommandersJacoby Brissett8thT-8th12th22nd1st
RaidersBrian Hoyer9th10th14thT-16thT-5th
FalconsTaylor Heinicke10th14th10thT-7thT-15th
BengalsTrevor SiemianT-11th12th16th9thT-11th
PatriotsBailey ZappeT-11thT-27th1st1stT-19th
CowboysCooper Rush13th24th11thT-12th4th
TexansDavis Mills14th13th13thT-12thT-15th
VikingsNick Mullens15th19th6thT-7thT-23rd
49ersSam Darnold16thT-5th20thT-16thT-19th
CardinalsColt McCoy17th11th18th23rdT-9th
JaguarsCJ Beathard18th20th17thT-16thT-11th
BillsKyle Allen19th18th15th14th18th
SeahawksDrew Lock20th17th19thT-16th14th
ChiefsBlaine Gabbert21stT-8th24th20thT-19th
RavensTyler Huntley22nd21st21st28thT-5th
JetsZach Wilson23rd16th25thT-25thT-15th
BroncosJarrett Stidham24thT-27th23rd4th28th
DolphinsMike White25thT-22nd22nd24th25th
BrownsJosh Dobbs26thT-27th26thT-25thT-23rd
BearsPJ Walker27thT-22nd27th27th26th
RamsBrett Rypien28thT-25th28th21st29th
TitansMalik Willis29thT-25th29thT-29th27th
BucsKyle Trask30thT-30th30thT-29thT-30th
PackersSean CliffordT-31stT-30thT-31stT-29thT-30th
ChargersEaston StickT-31stT-30thT-31stT-29thT-30th

How Brissett Ranks Among Backup QBs

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As a starter, Brissett has a career record of 18-30 with four teams. Last season, Brissett was 4-7 with the Cleveland Browns while being in the awkward position of being a placeholder at quarterback until DeShaun Watson came off his suspension that resulted from sexual assault allegations.

In the BetVirginia.com analysis of backup quarterbacks, based on pro-football-reference stats, Indianapolis’ Gardner Minshew and Philadelphia’s Marcus Mariota were tied for No. 1. Carolina’s Andy Dalton was ranked No. 3, the New York Giants’ Tyrod Taylor was No. 4, and Detroit’s Teddy Bridgewater was No. 5.

Interestingly, Heinicke, who was 12-11-1 over two seasons when he did get to start in Washington, including 5-3-1 last season, is now the backup in Atlanta where Desmond Ridder is expected to be the starter.

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Bill Ordine was a reporter and editor in news and sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun for 25 years, and was a lead reporter on a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. Bill started reporting on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for 10 years. He covered the World Series of Poker for a decade and his articles on gaming have appeared in many major U.S. newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and others

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