2014 Outlook: Vick may have ended up on Chip Kelly's bench last season, but it wasn't because he took too many risks. His 1.4 percent BDR was a career low and shows that Vick can protect the ball when he wants to. Now the ultimate question: Did the Jets bring him in to mentor Geno Smith or to beat him out? We won't know until August, but Vick's low BDR and top-tier rushing ability (5.4 fantasy points per game, ranked third) could propel him into the starting lineup sooner rather than later. It's not like Smith -- who threw for less than 200 ypg and had nine more interceptions than touchdowns last season -- is entrenched atop the depth chart.
2014 Outlook: Houston had plenty of chances to take a QB high in the draft but passed after signing Fitzpatrick to a two-year, $7 million deal in the offseason. The Texans did eventually nab a signal-caller in the fourth round (Tom Savage, Pitt), but Houston's front office still has remnants of a win-now mindset, and Fitzpatrick is a more polished product than both Savage and second-year QB Case Keenum. To be sure, Fitzpatrick is far from a Pro Bowler -- or a reliable fantasy starter, throwing an interception on 3.4 percent of passes since 2008, tied for second worst among qualifying QBs. He should be drafted only in deep two-QB leagues -- and even then, he's a last resort.
2014 Outlook: Bridgewater is as cool as a cucumber when blitzed: Last season at Louisville, he tallied a 70.1 percent completion rate (second in the nation) and averaged 11 yards per attempt when opponents sent five or more pass rushers. His 0.3 percent BDR against BCS conference foes was simply phenomenal. And don't buy into the talk that he's undersized. His 6-foot-2 frame is equal to that of Aaron Rodgers, and at 214 pounds he weighs more than Drew Brees (209). It remains to be seen just how much playing time Bridgewater gets in Minnesota, but he's capable of being a QB2 in redraft leagues and should be highly valued in dynasty formats.
2014 Outlook: Now that Sam Bradford is out for the season with yet another ACL tear, Hill will be asked to hold the fort in St. Louis. Hill filled in valiantly for an injured Matthew Stafford in 2010, passing for 2,686 yards and 16 TDs in 11 games with Detroit. (That prorates to about 3,900 yards and 23 TDs over a full season.) However, that's also the last time he started an NFL game, so it remains to be seen if he's still got it. If you're in a deep two-QB league, Hill is worthy of consideration as a lower-end QB2.
2014 Outlook: For two games, Hoyer looked like the answer to years of QB futility in Cleveland. In the second and third starts of his NFL career, his cumulative stat line read: 60 percent completion rate, 590 yards, 5 TDs and 36 total fantasy points. Perhaps best of all, his 2.0 percent BDR showed an ability to keep his errors to a minimum. Sure, the small sample size (96 attempts) makes him far from a proven commodity, but most backups don't have the luxury of throwing passes to Jordan Cameron and, when he's not suspended, Josh Gordon. The potential is certainly there with Hoyer. The problem? Johnny Manziel is now in town -- and as long as he stays healthy, he's Cleveland's starter.
2014 Outlook: Robert Griffin III has started every game in only two of his six seasons as a college and NFL QB, so Cousins has much better odds than many backups to actually get into a game. But when he does, he takes too many chances (3.2 percent BDR) and doesn't get enough of a payoff for those risks. Last year his 7.8 vertical ypa ranked 42nd among QBs with 30 or more vertical attempts. As it stands now, he should be considered only in deep dynasty leagues, where the possibility that Washington could trade him ups Cousins' value.
2014 Outlook: Talk about a prototypical pocket passer. At 6-foot-5, 232 pounds, Bortles has the size to deal with NFL-caliber pocket punishment. Last season at Central Florida, his 50 percent completion rate on stretch vertical throws ranked second among BCS conference QBs (minimum 30 attempts). The blitz didn't bother him either: He threw for 9.1 yards per attempt when facing five or more pass rushers. Bortles' fantasy ceiling is huge, but his immediate impact will come down to how Jacksonville chooses to bring him along as a rookie.
2014 Outlook: You can chop Glennon's rookie season into two distinct segments. From Weeks 6 to 12, he completed 64 percent of his passes for 227 yards per game, 12 touchdowns and only two interceptions. That's not exactly Pro Bowl material, but it's far from a disaster. Glennon saved that for Weeks 13-17, when his numbers crashed: 54 percent completion rate, 165 ypg, 6 TDs and 5 INTs. That stretch is why new coach Lovie Smith brought in Josh McCown to be the starter. For now, Glennon's best-case scenario is being handcuff material for McCown owners.
2014 Outlook: The oft-untold aspect of Chip Kelly's genius is that he tailors his offense around his QB's strengths and weaknesses. (Heck, look what he did with Nick Foles last season.) Now, no one's saying Sanchez will undergo a career transformation this season; if all goes well in Philly, he won't ever buckle his chin strap. But if Foles goes down, we're betting Kelly can get a little more out of Sanchez than we saw from 2009 to '12, when his 36.1 Total QBR ranked last among qualified QBs.
2014 Outlook: It's probably safe to say that, having lost out on two starting jobs, Flynn is encroaching on career backup status. The good news? He is back in Green Bay, which might be the perfect place for that job. In five games last year, Flynn threw for 1,146 yards and 7 TDs and excelled on stretch vertical passes (98.7 Total QBR, eighth best). His troubles on play-action passes (13.9 Total QBR, ranked 37th) -- and, of course, the presence of Aaron Rodgers -- do cap his upside.
2014 Outlook: Osweiler showed off his cannon arm at Arizona State, where he threw 57 completions of 20-plus yards in 2011 (sixth most in the FBS). The question is whether he'll ever get a chance to do the same before Peyton Manning retires. Manning's career-long durability has been incredible; outside of missing the entire 2011 season, he has started every game since 1998. But if he were to go down, we think this offense would have enough talent to operate at a B-level with Osweiler under center. He's a solid option in dynasty leagues.
2014 Outlook: If you're looking for a rough diamond, keep looking. For starters, Gradkowski is a backup quarterback in a run-first offense in a bad-weather city. As if that wasn't bad enough, his career-high completion percentage is an underwhelming 54.7 -- and in his 20 career starts, he's averaged 165 yards and about 1 TD/INT per game. You have to consider, of course, Ben Roethlisberger's injury history: Big Ben has started all 16 games only twice in his 10-year career. But even if Gradkowski sees the field for a game or two, he has all the makings of a subpar QB3.