And then, there were eight.
In our previous ranking of the 14 backup quarterbacks in the 2022 NFL Playoffs, six second-string signal-callers were sent home packing, including the Las Vegas Raiders’ Marcus Mariota and Philadelphia Eagles’ Gardner Minshew – the top two backup quarterbacks in the field.
Colt McCoy had a cameo appearance for the Arizona Cardinals in his team’s Super Wild Card Weekend loss to the Los Angeles Rams, but now that he and five other backups are officially out of the postseason, it’s time to reassess the rankings ahead of this weekend’s Divisional Round.
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Who are the backup quarterbacks still playing in the 2022 NFL Playoffs?
1. Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers
Note: Trey Lance did not play against the Dallas Cowboys in the team’s 23-17 victory during Super Wild Card Weekend
Trey Lance did not feature for the San Francisco 49ers in their Super Wild Card Weekend victory against the Dallas Cowboys, but maybe some of the 49ers faithful wouldn’t mind seeing the rookie play after Jimmy Garoppolo’s decision making in the fourth quarter.
Kyle Shanahan can win games with Garoppolo under center, but can he win a Super Bowl with him? We’ve seen Garoppolo and Shanahan push the Kansas City Chiefs to the brink two years ago, but fell short of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. Could the threat of bringing Lance in to mix things up be a factor this weekend against the Green Bay Packers?
In six appearances during his rookie year, Lance has completed 41-of-71 passes for 603 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.
Against NFC opposition (Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals) Lance has a passer rating of 88.4 with four total touchdowns three pass, one rush) and one interception.
2. Mitchell Trubisky, Buffalo Bills
Note: Mitchell Trubisky did not play against the New England Patriots in the team’s 47-17 victory during Super Wild Card Weekend