Backup Quarterbacks – by Bobby Blake

The one thing that is clear about the Saints Quarterbacks is we have a great clear cut number one quarterback in Drew Brees who pulled off an MVP type season last year throwing for over 4400 yards last year.

The most unaswered question is who will be our number two if something were to happen to Brees. There are four options the most likely will be Jamie Martin a fourteen year veteran who has a total of eight games in his career. He has been a journey man backup quarterback throughout his career. So far this pre-season he is 17 for 27 with 165 yards through the air appearing in the two of the three games so far. He seemily could not hold onto the ball fumbling three times last week vs the Bengals.

Another option is undrafted rookie Tyler Palko who has looked good in training camp and in two pre-season games so far. He is 19 for 35 with 225 yards passing with a touchdown. He showed signs of being a great quarterback as well as showing that he is also very young. He can run and is not afraid to as he is averaging 12 yards a rush.

Jason Fife a third option for the spot of Drew Brees’ understudy. He has been in the league for a year and dressed as the teams emergency quarterback from weeks three through six. He looked good in his only pre-season apperance going 5 for 8 with 47 yards passing and threw for the Saints only touchdown in the pre-season opener against the Steelers.

The final and most unlikely option is Matt Baker who was added late in camp to give the Saints another option. He spent all of last season on the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad. He made his pre-season debut against the Bengals going 7 for 13 with 75 yards.

The final depth chart will not be out for a few weeks and we will see who will win the battle for the right to backup Drew Brees.

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