Job Battles: Quarterbacks and Running Backs
Job Battles: Quarterbacks and Running Backs

This article is part of our Job Battles series.

We'll be keeping track of the jobs battles going on around the league during training camp, with this initial post being the biggest one given the backlog of offseason information to sort through. The subsequent posts will be based on the news that occurs between now and then.

Because there's a lot to get through, I'm breaking up this week's edition into two articles, with quarterbacks and running backs today and wide receivers/tight ends tomorrow. The blurbs are grouped by position and then sorted by alphabetical order of team location.

Quarterback

Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Josh Rosen, MIA

Who knows whether new coach Brian Flores will prefer Rosen's prospect pedigree or Fitzpatrick's (perceived, anyway) veteran stability, but both quarterbacks are question marks in an open-ended scenario that could go a number of ways. You would think that given his career-long turnover issues it would be difficult for Fitzpatrick to start 16 games even if he opens the year as a starter. So even if Fitzpatrick starts Week 1, he strikes me as the less likely of the two to hold on to the job all year. Rosen was uniquely bad last year for the Cardinals, but still safely better than incumbent starter Sam Bradford, indicating that Rosen's struggles might be due entirely to circumstances.

As a Rosen believer I have some amount of faith that he outplays the aged and always below average Fitzpatrick, but some coaches get weird for old players sometimes.

Running Back

Ito Smith vs. Qadree

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Mario Puig
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