Quaterback competitions in training camp
To start, Ryan Tannehill who I blogged about before being drafted by the Miami Dolphins is finally in training camp after signing his contract. The early talk is there is great chance he will enter the QB competition, but will start as the number three QB. He will be competing against David Garrard & Matt Moore. Another QB Competition will be taking place in Arizona between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton. During Kolb's injury in the 2011 season Skelton amassed a 5-2 win/loss record while Kolb had a 3-6 record at season end. Skelton was a fourth quarter QB winning those five games late in the fourth quarter. One competition that may hit home to some Texas Longhorn fans is the competition at the Cleveland Browns training camp between Colt McCoy and Brandon Weeden. McCoy had a great college career playing for the Longhorns. Weeden is an interesting 2012 draft pick being he was drafted at 28 years old. The average age for NFL draft picks is between 21-24. McCoy was selected by the Browns in the 2010 NFL draft and is 25 years old. McCoy is returning to his third season with the Browns, Weeden is a rookie though older than McCoy.
In the name of Tebow, the QB that was traded to the Jets. Tebow has been lathered with controversy in his early career. The big question is will he compete against Mark Sanchez for the starting job or simply be a wildcat implement?
There are a couple of other QB competitions out there involving the Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks & The Jacksonville Jaguars. In the Jaguars situation Blaine Gabbert was drafted by the Jaguars in 2011, Chad Henne was signed to a two year contract this offseason after four years in Miami. Gabbert struggled in his first NFL season and may lose the starting job to Henne with the experience that Henne brings to the plate. Matt Hasselback of the Tennesse Titans I think will retain the starting position for the Tennesse Titans mainly playing a leadership role to Jake Locker who was drafted in 2011. Locker still needs some time to develop and Hasselback has the experience in the league to provide those lessons. Finally the competition in Seattle for the Seahawks is a three way competition between Tavaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson. Speaking of experience Jackson has the experience going for him, but talks so far during this offseason about Russell Wilson, although early talks about him were negative has sense changed. Wilson should get more playing time during preseason games. Flynn is in the mix in my opinion as the number two QB. If Jackson doesn't earn the starting job, he may be released from the Seahawks.
On a side note, the kick off of the preseason takes place this upcoming Sunday night, a day after the NFL Hall of Fame Enshrinement that takes place this Saturday. The Hall of Fame game will be between the Arizona Cardinals and the New Orleans Saints in Canton, Ohio.