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Rating the replacements: Brissett, Bridgewater best of promoted NFL QBs

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium.

Novel formula rates the 14 pressed into duty so far

Fourteen NFL passers who began summer training camp as backups already have been pressed into duty and started at least one game.

Either because the starter got hurt, or got benched.

That total probably will keep rising, if only because of benchings.

Below, I rank the fortunate 14, based on a formula I came up, which incorporates signature QB barometer statistics, separated by pros and cons and weighted as follows:

PROS (add)

– Wins as starter (2.0 points each)

– A strong completion percentage (if 60-64%, 0.5 points; if 65+%, 1.0 points).

– Touchdown passes (0.5 points each).

– Times throwing for 225 yards (0.5 points each).

– Rushing touchdowns (0.5 points each).

CONS (subtract)

– Interceptions (0.5 points each).

– Lost fumbles (0.5 points each).

PRO OR CON (add or subtract accordingly)

– First-down rushes minus sacks (times 0.1 points).

Here’s a synopsis of each of them, plus the other dozen temps, listed in order of best and worst by my rating:

1. JACOBY BRISSETT

Indianapolis Colts

KRYK RATING: 11.3

REPLACED: Andrew Luck

FIRST START: Week 1

WHY: Luck shockingly announced his retirement from pro football on Aug. 24.

FOR HOW LONG: Since Aug. 24, and for the foreseeable future.

RECORD AS STARTER: 3-2 (.600).

STATS AS REPLACEMENT: 65% completions, 1,062 yards, 10 TDs, 5 INTs and fumbles, 94.9 passer rating, 6 sacks, 9 first downs rushing, 1 TDs rushing.

QUOTE: “He was unreal … You can’t play quarterback much better than he played today.” — Colts head coach Frank Reich after a 27-24 defeat of Atlanta on Sept. 22.

2. TEDDY BRIDGEWATER

New Orleans Saints

KRYK RATING: 11.2

REPLACED: Drew Brees

FIRST START: Week 3

WHY: Injury to Brees (broken thumb on throwing hand).

FOR HOW LONG: Brees reportedly hopes to return by month’s end.

RECORD AS STARTER: 4-0 (1.000).

STATS AS REPLACEMENT: 69% completions, 1,089 yards, 7 TDs, 3 INTs and fumbles, 94.7 passer rating, 10 sacks, 2 first downs rushing, 0 TDs rushing.

QUOTE: “There’s a calmness about him. I think it’s contagious, if you will, in how we approach things. It’s one of those traits. It’s a unique trait that leaders have. They don’t all have to be the same relative to how they lead, but there is a presence about him.” — Saints head coach Sean Payton this week.

3. KYLE ALLEN

Carolina Panthers

KRYK RATING: 9.5

REPLACED: Cam Newton

FIRST START: Week 3

WHY: Injury to Newton (foot sprain).

FOR HOW LONG: Reports say Newton could return to practice as early as this coming week, following the Panthers’ bye.

RECORD AS STARTER: 4-0 (1.000).

STATS AS REPLACEMENT: 66% completions, 901 yards, 7 TDs, 6 INTs and fumbles, 106.6 passer rating, 10 sacks, 0 first downs rushing, 0 TDs rushing.

QUOTE: “He’s been very consistent for us. He’s made the plays we needed. It’s a big part of why we felt so confident (with Allen as backup) coming into training camp.” — Panthers head coach Ron Rivera.

4. MASON RUDOLPH

Pittsburgh Steelers

KRYK RATING: 5.4

REPLACED: Ben Roethlisberger

FIRST START: Week 3

WHY: Injury to Roethlisberger (elbow).

FOR HOW LONG: Ben’s done for the year after surgery, so the Steelers’ starting job is Rudolph’s for as long as he’s healthy and productive enough to keep it in 2019. He is expected to return as starter next week, following Pittsburgh’s bye.

RECORD AS STARTER: 1-2 (.333)

STATS AS REPLACEMENT: 67% completions, 646 yards, 7 TDs, 3 INTs and fumbles, 102.5 passer rating, 3 sacks, 2 first downs rushing, 0 TDs rushing.

QUOTE: “Can’t say enough about Mason. We gave him a (game) ball in there.” — Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, following his win vs. Cincinnati in Week 4.

5. DANIEL JONES

New York Giants

KRYK RATING: 4.8

REPLACED: Eli Manning

FIRST START: Week 3

WHY: Poor performance of Manning.

FOR HOW LONG: Appears permanent.

RECORD AS STARTER: 2-2 (.500).

STATS AS REPLACEMENT: 60% completions, 904 yards, 5 TDs, 8 INTs and fumbles, 73.9 passer rating, 10 sacks, 8 first downs rushing, 2 TDs rushing.

QUOTE: “It’s been kind of up and down. I’ve been inconsistent overall. I’ve been good and bad. There are certainly a lot of things to learn.” — Jones this week on his first month as NFL starter.

6. GARDNER MINSHEW

Jacksonville Jaguars

KRYK RATING: 4.5

REPLACED: Nick Foles

FIRST START: Week 2

WHY: Injury to Foles (broken collarbone in first quarter of Week 1).

FOR HOW LONG: Reports have said Foles hopes to return in Week 11, or mid-November. But if Minshew is playing at a high level at the time, would the Jaguars hand Foles a clipboard and ball cap?

RECORD AS STARTER: 2-3 (.400).

STATS AS REPLACEMENT: 64% completions, 1,442 yards, 9 TDs, 9 INTs and fumbles, 97.5 passer rating, 14 sacks, 4 first downs rushing, 0 TDs rushing.

QUOTE: “He’s spinning around, he’s breaking tackles. It’s like when you’re 12 and you’re playing in the street with a bunch of guys. He’s just trying to make a play. Sometimes it works out. Sometimes you sit there and say, ‘Hey, let’s not take these chances.’” — Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone.

7. DEVLIN HODGES

Pittsburgh Steelers

KRYK RATING: 3.1

REPLACED: Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph

FIRST START: Week 6

WHY: Injury to Rudolph (concussion).

FOR HOW LONG: Looks like just the one-week cameo. Rudolph is expected to start next week, after Pittsburgh’s bye.

RECORD AS STARTER: 1-0 (1.000).

STATS AS REPLACEMENT: 75% completions, 132 yards, 1 TDs, 1 INTs and fumbles, 87.9 passer rating, 0 sacks, 1 first downs rushing, 0 TDs rushing.

QUOTE: “He didn’t kill us, y’know? And that’s what you need from young quarterbacks. He generally took care of the ball, he made the plays he needed to make. But we were thoughtful about the positions we put him in.” — Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, on how “Duck” Hodges played in a win last Sunday night at the Los Angeles Chargers.

8. MATT MOORE

Kansas City Chiefs

KRYK RATING: 1.4

REPLACED: Patrick Mahomes

FIRST START: Presumably next week.

WHY: Injury to Mahomes (dislocated right knee cap).

FOR HOW LONG: At least three weeks, per reports.

RECORD AS STARTER: N/A

STATS AS REPLACEMENT: 52% completions, 117 yards, 1 TDs, 0 INTs and fumbles, 89.1 passer rating, 1 sacks, 0 first downs rushing, 0 TDs rushing.

QUOTE: “He did a nice job of stepping in there. We didn’t really have to back down on anything we had called. We were able to pick up right from where we left off and I was proud of him.” — Chiefs head coach Andy Reid on Moore, following Thursday night’s win at Denver.

9. RYAN TANNEHILL

Tennessee Titans

KRYK RATING: 0.1

REPLACED: Marcus Mariota.

FIRST START: Week 7

WHY: Poor performance of Mariota.

FOR HOW LONG: This week is his first start since the Dolphins traded him to the Titans this past spring. Presumably, Tannehill can keep the starter’s job for the remainder of the season if he plays well, or at least better than face-of-the-franchise QB Mariota.

RECORD AS STARTER: First start is on Sunday. Did play for part of the second half of this past Sunday’s loss at Denver, in relief of the benched Mariota.

STATS AS REPLACEMENT: 81% completions, 144 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INTs and fumbles, 78.1 passer rating, 4 sacks, 0 first downs rushing, 0 TDs rushing.

QUOTE: “We’re trying to get a little spark, trying to evaluate what we’re doing and how we’re functioning as an offence. It just felt like now was the time.” — Titans head coach Mike Vrabel on Wednesday.

10. TREVOR SIEMIAN

New York Jets

KRYK RATING: —0.2

REPLACED: Sam Darnold

FIRST START: Week 2

WHY: Illness to Darnold (contracted mononucleosis).

FOR HOW LONG: Ostensibly until Darnold returned (last week), but Siemian suffered a gruesome ankle injury in the second quarter of his start and is done for the year.

RECORD AS REPLACEMENT: 0-1 (.000).

STATS AS STARTER: 50% completions, 3 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs and fumbles, 56.2 passer rating, 2 sacks, 0 first downs rushing, 0 TDs rushing.

QUOTE: “He will be out for the year. We are still going through the procedure as far as surgery options … It’s more ligaments … It was an ugly looking play.” — Jets head coach Adam Gase, after Siemian’s injury against Cleveland in Week 2.

11. COLT McCOY

Washington Redskins

KRYK RATING: —1.0

REPLACED: Case Keenum.

FIRST START: Week 5

WHY: Injury to Keenum (foot).

FOR HOW LONG: Just the one game.

RECORD AS STARTER: 0-1 (.000).

STATS AS REPLACEMENT: 67% completions, 122 yards, 0 TDs, 3 INTs and fumbles, 61.0 passer rating, 6 sacks, 1 first downs rushing, 0 TDs rushing.

QUOTE: “He hadn’t played in quite some time … By and large, he did a pretty good job. I think he’s still working through improving, getting his timing down, getting a feel for the rush and also his timing of getting the ball out.” — Washington interim head coach Bill Callahan, on McCoy’s Week 5 performance vs. New England.

12. CHASE DANIEL

Chicago Bears

KRYK RATING: —1.3

REPLACED: Mitchell Trubisky.

FIRST START: Week 5

WHY: Injury to Trubisky (left shoulder).

FOR HOW LONG: Appears Trubisky will return this week.

RECORD AS STARTER: 0-1 (.000).

STATS AS REPLACEMENT: 73% completions, 426 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs and fumbles, 95.6 passer rating, 5 sacks, 2 first downs rushing, 0 TDs rushing.

QUOTE: “I didn’t play well enough. Backup, regardless, London — it really doesn’t matter. I expect more of myself.” — Daniel, after throwing a late interception that doomed Chicago in a loss to Oakland in England.

13. LUKE FALK

New York Jets

KRYK RATING: —3.6

REPLACED: Sam Darnold and Trevor Siemian

FIRST START: Week 3

WHY: Injury to Siemian (ankle ligament).

FOR HOW LONG: Until Darnold was able to return from mononucleosis. Which was this past Sunday. Two days before that, the Jets surprisingly waived Falk. He’s now a free agent.

RECORD AS STARTER: 0-2 (.000).

STATS AS REPLACEMENT: 64% completions, 416 yards, 0 TDs, 5 INTs and fumbles, 62.4 passer rating, 16 sacks, 0 first downs rushing, 0 TDs rushing.

QUOTE: “Mostly moved my stuff, trying to sell some furniture and move up from Miami. “(That’s) how I spent my bye week.” — Falk, nine days before the Jets waived him.

14. JOSH ROSEN

Miami Dolphins

KRYK RATING: —4.1

REPLACED: Ryan Fitzpatrick.

FIRST START: Week 3

WHY: Poor performance of Ryan Fitzpatrick.

FOR HOW LONG: This QB situation is mighty fluid in Miami. Last week head coach Brian Flores anointed the 22-year-old Rosen starter for the rest of the year. That lasted until this past Wednesday, when Flores announced Fitzpatrick will start this week at Buffalo, and suggested it might now be a week-to-week thing.

RECORD AS STARTER: 0-3 (.000).

STATS AS REPLACEMENT: 53% completions, 567 yards, 1 TDs, 6 INTs and fumbles, 52.0 passer rating, 16 sacks, 0 first downs rushing, 0 TDs rushing.

QUOTE: “Bad. Badly. Very badly.” — Rosen, on how he performed in last Sunday’s loss to Washington before getting yanked after three quarters.

One play away: Next men up, updated

NFL teams’ second-string quarterbacks, then and now. Different backups from Week 1 are designated in boldface; rookies designated with (R):

TEAM     WEEK 1                                WEEK 7

ARI          Brett Hundley                   Brett Hundley

ATL         Matt Schaub                     Matt Schaub

BAL         Robert Griffin III               Robert Griffin III

BUF         Matt Barkley                    Matt Barkley

CAR Kyle Allen Will Grier (R)

CHI Chase Daniel Chase Daniel

CIN          Ryan Finley                      Ryan Finley

CLE         Drew Stanton Garrett Gilbert

DAL         Cooper Rush                    Cooper Rush

DEN         Brandon Allen                  Brandon Allen

DET         Josh Johnson David Blough (R)

GB           Tim Boyle                         Tim Boyle

HOU        A.J. McCarron                  A.J. McCarron

IND          Brian Hoyer                      Brian Hoyer

JAX Gardner Minshew (R) Joshua Dobbs

KC Matt Moore Kyle Shurmur (R) #

LAC         Tyrod Taylor                    Tyrod Taylor

LAR         Blake Bortles                    Blake Bortles

MIA Josh Rosen                       Josh Rosen

MIN         Sean Mannion                  Sean Mannion

NE           Jarrett Stidham (R)          Jason Stidham (R)

NO Teddy Bridgewater Taysom Hill

NYG Daniel Jones (R) Eli Manning

NYJ Trevor Siemian David Fales

OAK         Mike Glennon                   Mike Glennon

PHI           Josh McCown                 Josh McCown

PIT Mason Rudolph Devlin Hodges

SF             Nick Mullens                   Nick Mullen

SEA          Geno Smith                     Geno Smith

TB            Blaine Gabbert Ryan Griffin

TEN Ryan Tannehill Marcus Mariota

WAS        Colt McCoy* Dwayne Haskins (R)

# – As of Friday afternoon Shurmur was on Kansas City’s practice squad. Patrick Mahomes and Matt Moore were the only QBs on K.C.’s active roster.

* – It was presumed entering Week 1 that Haskins was the No. 2 QB, but when starter Case Keenum was unable to play in Week 5, the veteran McCoy started over the rookie Haskins. McCoy currently is listed by Washington as the No. 3 QB.

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