As another NFL season approaches, Scouts Inc. breaks down every roster and offers position-by-position breakdowns.
A.J. Feeley and Gus Frerotte will split snaps in the preseason before head coach Nick Saban makes his decision on the starter. Feeley started eight of the 11 games that he played in 2004, completing 53.7 percent of his attempts for 1,893 yards, with four more interceptions (15) than touchdowns (11). He is still young, has shown flashes and shouldn't be completely judged on last year's performance.
However, Feeley continues to make too many critical mistakes that take away from all the other positive things he does, and Saban won't have much patience in what promises to be a ball-control, power-run offense. That's where journeyman Frerotte comes in.
Frerotte is on the downside of his career and has always had problems beating the blitz, but is still a quality backup. He reads defenses well, his arm strength remains good and he has excellent experience. Frerotte also has played in the same system with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan in Minnesota.