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3 Teams Whose Backup QB Depth Could Burn Them in 2021

Isaiah De Los Santos
These teams could be in trouble given their shaky QB depth heading into the 2021 season.
These teams could be in trouble given their shaky QB depth heading into the 2021 season. / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images
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The start of training camps and preseason games has already given some teams injury scares at the game's most important positions. Depth can become an issue in the blink of an eye if a starter goes down, and some teams are better positioned than others to weather through a surprise loss.

Here's three teams who could be burned by their current QB depth during the 2021-22 campaign.

3. Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott missed most of the 2020 season after his Week 5 ankle injury, handing the reigns over to Andy Dalton. Now Dalton has departed for Chicago, and the options behind Prescott are less than inspiring. The trio of Garrett Gilbert, Ben DiNucci and Cooper Rush didn't set the world on fire in the Hall of Fame game, combining for 238 yards, 1 INT and 0 TDs. Gilbert and DiNucci also both recorded fumbles during the contest. It's just preseason, but there was nothing to be optimistic about if Prescott does miss time again in 2021. Dallas spent the offseason getting its offensive weapons healthy and reloading its defense, but backup QB play could suddenly become a huge obstacle in their playoff hopes if things go south.

2. Tennessee Titans

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill hit another level in 2020, throwing for 3,819 yards and a career-high 33 TDs. Tannehill's big year helped the Titans capture the division and finish with their best record since 2008. This offense still revolves around Derrick Henry, but having a productive passing game is key to preventing defenses from loading the box on the NFL's rushing king. However, Tennessee's stable QB play could disappear if Tannehill gets sidelined at any point. Logan Woodside and the newly arrived Matt Barkley are the only two other signal-callers on the roster. They recorded a combined 24 passing attempts in 2020, which doesn't ease any worries about them taking over for Tannehill in case of emergency. An out-of-the-blue absence for Tannehill during the season could be catastrophic given the current QB depth chart.

1. Indianapolis Colts

Now the most obvious candidate. The Indianapolis Colts are betting big on Carson Wentz to return to his top-level form, though his recent struggles have been well-documented, and he'll potentially miss a few weeks of the regular season after foot surgery. The possibility of Wentz crashing and burning, combined with his injury history, should give Colts fans serious concerns. That's especially so given the depth behind him. Indianapolis' fall-back options include second-year QB Jacob Eason and rookie Sam Ehlinger. Trotting out either inexperienced option to lead this championship-hopeful roster would likely be a disaster. It's no wonder there's calls for the Colts to trade for Nick Foles given the uncertainty around Wentz. But as they currently stand, Indy's QB depth could tank their season.


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Isaiah De Los Santos is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Isaiah De Los Santos also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username zayyy05328. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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