Entries in Starting Quarterback (7)


Gruden Declares Griffin Will Enter Season as Starter

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has declared Robert Griffin III as the team's starting quarterback to enter the upcoming season.

"We'll go into the season with Robert as our No. 1 guy," Gruden said Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine. "It's up to Robert to continue to grow and mature as a quarterback and as a person. Moving forward we want to see improvement. It's up to us as a staff to get more out of him."

These comments are somewhat surprising, considering at the end of last season Gruden said he expected to have a quarterback competition heading into this season.

The 25-year-old Griffin was selected by the Redskins with the second overall pick of the 2012 Draft. He played in nine games in 2014, completing 68.7 percent of his passes for 1,694 yards, four touchdowns, and six interceptions.

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Jets Name Geno Smith Starter for Monday's Game Against Dolphins

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After losing his starting spot to Michael Vick Week 9, Geno Smith has gotten his old job back.

The New York Jets announced Wednesday that Smith will be the starting quarterback during their game Monday night against the Miami Dolphins.

"As an organization, all of our decisions are organizational driven," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said during a conference call Wednesday. "We just want to get Geno another opportunity to show what he can do. Obviously we like the way he finished last season. We've had some bumps in the road this year. We sat him down for a few weeks and we'll see how he responds."

Smith relieved Vick during the Jets' 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills Monday. Vick had completed 7 of 19 passes with an interception before giving way to Smith. Smith played solid completing 10 of 12 passes for 89 yards.

The 24-year-old Smith, who the Jets selected with the 39th overall pick in the 2013 Draft, has played in 25 games during his career with Gang Green. During that time he has completed 56.4 percent of his passes throwing for 4,505 yards, 19 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. Smith has also ran for 509 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Mallett Takes Over as Texans' Starting QB

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Ryan Mallett will finally get a chance to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.

The 26-year-old was named the Houston Texans' starting quarterback for the team's game on Nov. 16 against the Cleveland Browns.

It will be the first start of Mallett's NFL career, which began when he was selected with the 74th overall pick of the 2011 draft by the New England Patriots.

"It's been four years. It didn't seem like it," Mallett said when talking about if he would ever get a chance to start at quarterback. "I was starting to question if I'll ever get a shot. Well, now I've got a shot. We'll see what I do with it."

Mallet takes over for Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has thrown for 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. The decision was announced Wednesday by head coach Bill O'Brien.

"Watching Ryan (Mallett) in practice every day, I believe it's gotten better and better," O'Brien said. "His huddle command, his knowledge of the offense, he's been in this system for four years ... I think he's made a lot of progress whereas he's never played in a game or hasn't had many reps in a game. We're going to give him his shot to play."

After spending three seasons as Tom Brady's backup in New England, Mallett was traded to the Texans in September. The trade reunited Mallett with O'Brien, who served as the Patriots offensive coordinator in 2011.

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Browns Name Hoyer Starter for Opening Preseason Game

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(BEREA, Ohio) -- For now, the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback is Brian Hoyer. Browns head coach Mike Pettine announced Hoyer will start preseason game one on Saturday night against Detroit.

Before the decision there appeared to be a slight chance rookie QB Johnny Manziel would get the start, but in the end, Pettine stuck with the veteran.

"It was (Hoyer's) job," Pettine said Wednesday. "He was 'the one' coming into it. We did want to mix the groups up, as we did. But he's done nothing to have that taken away from him, so he'll be out there with the starters."

Hoyer started three games for the Browns last season, winning all of them. During those games he completed 59 percent of his passes for 615 yards, while throwing five touchdowns and three interceptions.

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Cassel to Start Sunday for Vikings

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(WATFORD, England) -- The Minnesota Vikings announced Friday that Matt Cassel will start at quarterback Sunday against Pittsburgh in place of the injured Christian Ponder.

Ponder has a fractured rib which he suffered last Sunday in the second quarter of the Vikings loss to the Cleveland Browns.

"We just made a decision, what's best for me and my health and for this team," Ponder said. "It stinks, but it is what it is, and I'll be back in for Carolina (Week 6)."

The injury means the Vikings (0-3) will start the 31-year-old Cassel against the Steelers (0-3) in London.

Cassel signed a two-year, $7.4 million contract with Minnesota in the offseason. Before joining the Vikings, Cassel played his previous eight NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots.

Cassel was drafted by New England in 2005 and served as Tom Brady's backup until 2008, when Brady was injured in the first game of the season and lost for the year. Cassel took over the starting duties and led the Pats to an 11-5 record earning him a contract with the Chiefs. During his second season in Kansas City, Cassel led the Chiefs to the playoffs and made the Pro Bowl, but things went downhill for Cassel after that and he was eventually released this offseason.

"I've been through it a lot, but at the same time you get those butterflies and everything," Cassel said Friday. "I just found out this morning before practice. At the same time I've been preparing for this and I feel like I'm ready to go. I had a good week of practice and now it's about going out there and executing on Sunday."

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Blaine Gabbert Named Jaguars Starting QB

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(JACKSONVILLE) -- He may be hurt, but Blaine Gabbert was still named the Jacksonville Jaguars starting quarterback by head coach Gus Bradley Monday.

Gabbert will miss the rest of the preseason with with a hairline fracture in his right thumb, but Bradley is hoping the 23-year-old will be ready for the team's first game of the regular season. Gabbert will wear a protective brace until the finger is healed

"Normally a break would require surgery or six to eight weeks,'' Bradley said. "It's not the same with this injury. They feel like in two weeks he should have a chance to come back and begin his prep for Kansas City.''

Gabbert was in competition with veteran Chad Henne for the starting job.

In two preseason games, Gabbert completed 18 of 26 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown. In those same two games, Henne completed 12 of 21 passes and threw two interceptions.

“He has command on what we’re looking to get done,” Bradley said when talking about the decision. “Blaine has earned this opportunity and the entire organization is excited about his growth and we will strongly support him.”

During his first two seasons in the NFL, Gabbert has played in 25 games, completing 53.8% of his passes for 3,876 yards, 21 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

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Hoyer Named Cardinals Week 17 Starter

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.)  -- The Arizona Cardinals will start Brian Hoyer at quarterback Sunday in their season finale against the San Francisco 49ers. Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt announced the decision Wednesday.

Hoyer, who joined the Cardinals this season after spending the last three seasons as a backup for New England, will be making his first start of his career.

He played in the second half of the Cardinals loss to the Bears last Sunday, completing 11-of-19 pass attempts for 105 yards.  

"He's been in the league, he's a veteran guy," Whisenhunt said. "He did a nice job in last week's game and this is an opportunity to see what he can do with a week of practice and where he can go from there."

Hoyer will become the fourth different quarterback to start for Arizona this season.

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