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Five NFL backup QBs who could see significant playing time in 2024

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There were an unprecedented number of backup quarterbacks who saw substantial playing time in the NFL in 2023.

Debilitating injuries to starters like Aaron Rodgers, Joe Burrow, Kirk Cousins, Deshaun Watson and Anthony Richardson opened the door for journeymen and up-and-coming passers alike to see an uptick in their playing time.

Here are five backup QBs who could be in a similar situation to see their playing time increase this season.

Drew Lock, New York Giants

If healthy, Daniel Jones is expected to be the Giants’ starter. But multiple reports indicate many in the organization are worried about his durability coming off an ACL tear and a neck injury last season.

Jones has missed 23 games over five seasons for various reasons, which is why it wouldn’t be a surprise if Lock took over starting duties for any significant period of time in 2024. 

Reports indicate that the Giants are high on what they’ve seen from Lock since he signed in March, and even if Jones is healthy, there’s a solid chance Lock could contend for the starting job during training camp and the preseason.

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