Backup QBs with strong auditions

Nick Foles is leading a pack of backups that could stick as starters

Updated: November 13, 2013, 3:23 PM ET
By Steve Palazzolo | Pro Football Focus

Nick FolesThearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesNick Foles has a league-high 11 touchdowns on "deep passes" (beyond 20 yards) this season.

The quest to find a franchise quarterback takes teams far and wide. From the first round of the draft to offseason trades to the unlikely free-agent hit (Drew Brees), teams are always looking. While the road to a championship generally runs through a franchise quarterback, it's essential to have a contingency plan in place in case of injury to the top guy. Nothing can derail an entire offseason of preparation like an awful performance from the backup quarterback, even over a short period.

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