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NFL QB Rotation Report
by ASA - 08/13/2009
Washington Redskins vs. Baltimore Ravens:
Starting QB Jason Campbell had a tumultuous off-season that included several trade rumors that he was involved in. After multiple trades fell through, Campbell will be under center once again for the Redskins. Expect him to play 2-3 series to open the first preseason game. Veteran Todd Collins is the back-up and will likely play the remainder of the 1st half in relief of Campbell. Colt Brennan will open the 2nd half for the ‘Skins and un-drafted rookie Chase Daniel will close out the 4th quarter.
After a very successful rookie campaign, Joe Flacco will start under center for the Ravens in their preseason opener. Expect Flacco to play most of the 1st quarter to open the game. Baltimore has just two other quarterbacks on the active roster, Troy Smith and John Beck. Smith will come in after Flacco and likely play well into the third quarter. John Beck will get the remainder of the snaps and close out the game for the Ravens.
New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles:
Tom Brady just gave word that he will start the preseason opener for the Patriots after missing all of last season with a knee injury. Expect Brady to play just 1-2 series for New England before giving way to the 2nd string. Matt Cassel was traded in the off-season so that makes Kevin O’Connnell the new back-up for the Pats. O’Connell will likely play the majority of the 1st half with 3rd string Andrew Walter and Brian Hoyer splitting the 2nd half quarterbacking duties.
Head Coach Andy Reid has stated that QB Donovan McNabb will play into the 2nd quarter if all goes as planned. Backing McNabb up will be veteran A.J. Feeley and he will likely play the remainder of the game. QB Kevin Kolb is out with an injury and the Eagles signed QB Adam DiMichele on Tuesday afternoon and he may get some reps near the end of the game but don’t expect extended time from DiMichele in the 4th quarter.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers:
Kurt Warner had his hip surgically repaired this off-season and is still battling soreness, but he expects to start and play a 1-2 series for the Cards. Matt Leinart will come in after Warner and likely play the remainder of the 1st half. Brian St. Pierre will play most of the 2nd half with 2nd year QB Tyler Palko closing the game out for Arizona.
Big Ben Roethlisberger has had to deal with off the field issues as of late but he will get the start for the Steelers on Thursday night. Roethlisberger will get 2-3 series for the Steelers before being lifted. Head Coach Mike Tomlin says he plans to use three other quarterbacks for this game. Charlie Batch will likely see time in the 1st half with 2nd year QB Dennis Dixon opening the third quarter. Un-drafted rookie Mike Reilly will see some time in the 4th quarter and likely close out the game for the Steelers.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Oakland Raiders:
Tony Romo is the starter for the Cowboys, and he will likely play 2-3 series to open for the Cowboys. Journeyman Jon Kitna was traded to Dallas this off-season and is now the back-up to Tony Romo. Kitna will likely get the remainder of the first half and may even play a few series in the 3rd quarter. Rookie Stephen McGee will get extended playing time in the third and 4th quarter and fellow rookie Rudy Carpenter will likely close the game for the Cowboys.
The Raiders, surprisingly enough, have a talented quarterback corps. They will open the game with JaMarcus Russell and he will likely see most, if not all, of the first quarter and may even see time into the 2nd quarter. Veteran Jeff Garcia will replace Russell and play the remainder of the 1st half and possibly see some time in the third quarter. Former NFL starters Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye will see some time in the 2nd half for the Raiders.