Atlanta Falcons: Matt Schaub ranked in bottom third of backup NFL QB’s
The Atlanta Falcons backup quarterback situation leaves a lot to be desired.
Matt Schaub is entering his 17th season in the NFL, it is crazy to think that he was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2004 NFL draft and he is just a year younger than former franchise quarterback Mike Vick.
The backup quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons has been a non-issue since they drafted Matt Ryan back in 2008 as Matt Ryan has missed just two games and three starts in his career. In his only start in Atlanta since 2005, Schaub managed to throw for 460 yards and a touchdown against Seattle last year.
Matt Schaub ranked 22nd among all 32 backup quarterbacks
NFL.com editor Greg Rosenthal recently ranked all 32 backup quarterbacks in the NFL and decided that the 17-year veteran Schaub was near the bottom of the league. He had this to say about Matt Schaub:
"Schaub was only a year younger than Michael Vick when he entered the league as his backup. It’s wild that Schaub is still collecting checks all these years later — and it’s even wilder he threw for 460 yards against the Seahawks in his only start last year."
Rosenthal ranked veteran quarterbacks such as Geno Smith, Chad Henne, Joe Flacco, Trevor Siemian, and AJ McCarron ahead of Matt Schaub.
As if that was not bad enough, Rosenthal also has rookies Jalen Hurts, Justin Herbert, and Tua Tagovailoa ahead of Matt Schaub as well. Rookies that won’t even have thrown a pass in a preseason game when the regular season starts in three and a half weeks.
No one is saying that Matt Schaub is the best backup quarterback and hell, he may not even be the Atlanta Falcons back up by the time the season rolls around, but as it currently sits, there are not 21 other backup quarterbacks in the league better than Matt Schaub – certainly none of the players that we have mentioned above.