A Look at the NFL's Quarterback Battles


Arizona drafted Kyler Murray No. 1. Denver traded for Joe Flacco. A number of teams are searching for the ever-important starting quarterback. The battles have already started as some teams have held their rookie minicamps. Organized team activities are next followed by minicamps. Which quarterbacks will emerge as starters?


You don't trade away your starter - who you drafted in the first round last year - and draft Murray No. 1 to watch him sit on the bench. Murray will start from Day 1. That was the plan for new head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who wanted a player familiar with his Air Raid offense. Kingsbury just happens to get a dynamic athlete in Murray who is well-versed in the Air Raid.


The Cardinals traded away Josh Rosen, the 10th overall pick in last year's draft, to the Dolphins to make way for Murray. The Dolphins had traded away Ryan Tannehill, their starter for the previous five seasons. Miami had a glaring need and Rosen fit the bill. He should be the starter over journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick. Either way, the Dolphins will have enough draft capital to draft a quarterback in 2020.


After Murray was selected No. 1, no one thought the next quarterback off the board would have been Daniel Jones. The Giants took Jones with the sixth pick, but that does not mean the former Duke star will simply step in and take over the offense. Remember, the Giants still have the 38-year-old Eli Manning, who will be the Giants starter until he's not. Giants head coach Pat Shurmur would likely prefer to have Jones sit behind Manning and learn for an entire season similar to what Patrick Mahomes did in Kansas City. 


The quarterback most felt would go after Murray in Round 1 was Dwayne Haskins. He fell all the way to No. 15 and the Washington Redskins. The Redskins have doubts about Alex Smith, who may not be fully recovered from the gruesome leg injury that ended his season last year. Washington signed Case Keenum in the offseason and already had Colt McCoy on the roster. Now, the Redskins are crowded at quarterback and it is likely that at some point this season, Haskins becomes the 'Skins' starter. We will find out how early as Washington faces Philadelphia, Dallas, Chicago, and New England in four of their first five games.


When the Broncos traded for Flacco in the offseason, it was with the intention that he would be the Day 1 starter. Denver was very high on Missouri QB Drew Lock, whom they took with the 42nd pick of the draft. Despite how much they like Lock, Flacco is and will be the starter.