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The NFC East has three established quarterbacks and one messy situation.
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Michael Vick is the number one fantasy quarterback in the division. He’s a bit of a risk in part because of injuries and in part because he’s never had a season like last year. He has the tools to succeed and the weapons around him to flourish, but we won’t know if he still has the drive to be a better quarterback. He’s easily a top tier QB1, but he has more risk than the likes of Rodgers, Brees, Brady, and Manning. Kevin Kolb is one of the better backup quarterbacks in the league. He could find himself traded, possibly to Arizona. He makes a decent QB2 if he’s a starter.
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Tony Romo put up big numbers when he is healthy. Dez Bryant is immature, but he gives Romo another quality weapon. He’s averaged 2699.5 yards and 1.9 touchdown passes per game over the past four years (51 games). His lack of playoff success keeps him from the Brady, Peyton, and Brees discussions, but he is possibly the best value among fantasy quarterbacks because of it.
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Eli Manning reached 4000 yards for the second straight season. Not bad for a team that historically likes to run the football. His career high of 31 touchdowns gives him an average of 29 over the past two years and 25 over the past six. He really formed a nice rapport with Hakeem Nicks and remains a solid QB1 if you want to address other needs or a high-end QB2.
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Then there is Washington. Donovan McNabb is as good as gone, which marks the second straight season he’s been sent packing. I don’t know if he’s a starting caliber quarterback anymore. Even if he finds a new gig, his fantasy days are most likely behind him. Rex Grossman could be brought back, but it appears John Beck could get a chance to show what he can do. This is a situation to avoid. Not only are the QB options mediocre at best, but they are running thin in the playmaker department.
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John Beck Released

28 April 2009

Bill Parcels is working his magic once again.  With the selection of Pat White in last weekend’s NFL Draft, Parcels accomplished two tasks.  He added possibly the best Wildcat Quarterback that isn’t serving time on animal cruelty charges and he gained a roster spot.

Pat White is a gifted passer completing 64.8% of his passes for 6051 yards and 56 TDs with just 23 INTs.  He also ran the ball for 4480 yards and 47 TDs.  When he lines up under Center, Defenses will have to respect both his ability to throw and run the football.  Ronnie Brown was great in that role last year, but he did not offer much of a passing threat.   Baltimore made a blueprint of how to stop the Wildcat.  Miami just raised the ante.

Aside from bolstering their Wildcat formation, the Dolphins added roster flexibility.  They no longer have to carry three true QBs.  Chad Pennington will be the starter and Chad Henne will be the backup.  In addition to Wildcat QB, White will likely serve as a slot receiver as well as the third-string QB.


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