Quarterbacks

Atlanta Firebirds

Matt Blanchard – 6a

Dominique Davis – 7c

Aaron Murray – 7aa

Summary: Aaron Murray showed a lot of promise in his rookie year, passing for 22 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions. Unfortunately, it didn’t culminate in wins as the Firebirds missed the postseason for the first time in their three years of existence. Last season the quarterback position was a little muddled as Jimmy Clausen, Dominique Davis, and Aaron Murray were all fighting for nod to start. For the 2016 season it is Murray’s job to lose and his performance could play a determining factor in Rob Ryan’s job status as the Firebirds have yet to experience a winning season in the regular season. Dominique Davis remains a fan favorite and quality backup should Murray struggle or go down with injury. Matt Blanchard will be the emergency quarterback after spending the past three years on the practice squad of five different NFL teams.

Charleston Dragons

Brandon Bridge – 6aa

Josh Freeman – 8D

Jordan Lynch – 6aa

Darian Durant – 7di

Summary: The expansion Charleston Dragons enter camp with NFL cast away Josh Freeman headlining the quarterback position. Freeman, who is only 28 and four years removed from a Pro Bowl appearance, has really struggled to separate himself from the pack, but is clearly the most talented passer in the group. If Freeman’s declining play continues, former Orlando Rockets backup Darian Durant looks to be the next option due to experience, but he’s had issues of staying healthy recently and his career may be on its last legs. Youngsters Brandon Bridge and Jordan Lynch are two guys who could develop into long term starters, but they aren’t ready just yet. Bridge has all the physical tools, but accuracy issues is the big knock on him and Lynch is still transitioning from a spread-option college system to the pro game. Lynch may even have issues being used as the primary Wildcat quarterback with Trent Steelman being retained from Columbus.

Columbus Explorers

Dan LeFevour – 7ci

Terrelle Pryor – 7ac

Summary: After three years as the starting quarterback for the Explorers the Kellen Moore era came to an end as new management jettisoned Moore for storied Buckeye Terrelle Pryor. Moore struggled last season throwing only 17 touchdowns to 13 interceptions and completing less than 60 percent of his passes. While Pryor’s acquistion will initially excite those in the Columbus area at his return to the Horsehoe he has spent the past couple of seasons trying to make the conversion to wide receiver in the NFL. Pryor will bring athleticism and does have starting experience at quarterback during his time with the Oakland Raiders, but that was back in 2013 and might struggle early as the face of the Explorers franchise. The only other quarterback on the roster is veteran Dan LeFevour who had a solid camp, despite recovering from several injuries throughout his career and should end up as a solid backup option should Pryor struggle in his return to the Buckeye State.

Dallas Six-Shooters

Austin Dodge – 6a

James Franklin – 6aa

Brett Smith – 7aa

Tim Tebow – 8cf$

Summary: Tim Tebow is the Dallas offense. Last season he accounted for 69% of the Six-Shooters entire offensive production and will continue to remain the face of the franchise and super stars of the league. While it’d be tough to see Dallas part ways with the Tebow he is the fourth highest paid quarterback in the league and youngsters Brett Smith and James Franklin have been terrific in camp. Both have potential to be cheaper options down the road should they continue to develop and it’s something that has to be considered in the years to come. Regardless the Six-Shooters have a solid makeup at the quarterback position and small school rookie Austin Dodge made enough plays in camp to be kept as a fourth string quarterback if they can find the roster space.

Los Angeles Stars

Kirk Cousins – 9af

Case Keenum – 7aa

Tyler Wilson – 6a

Summary: Kirk Cousins continued to take his game up to another level and can join the discussion as one of the elite quarterbacks of the league. He finished the year with the highest quarterback rating of 129.4 and threw 34 touchdowns to just three interceptions and will be a key component in the Stars getting back to the postseason. Behind Cousins, Case Keenum continues to quietly puts together outstanding training camps and is without argument one of the best backup options in the league. Rounding out the depth chart is former Arkansas standout Tyler Wilson, who despite all his hype coming out of college has been far from impressive and looks like your standard third string quarterback.

Michigan Stags

Zach Collaros – 8aa

Brock Jensen – 6a

Adrian McPherson – 7i

Summary: Zach Collaros’ transition back to the American game was a resounding success much to the relief of Stag management and fans. Although he threw 11 interceptions he also set franchise records for passing touchdowns (37), passing yards (4,328), and completions (348) and was a major reason why the Stags made the postseason despite going 5-11. Collaros looks to be one of the up-and-coming young guns in the league and with the returning weapons could put up similar numbers in 2016. Second on the depth chart is Adrian McPherson, a proven SFL veteran with over a decade of experience in the league and former FCS national champion Brock Jensen as a developmental third option.

Minnesota Freeze

Taylor Heinicke – 6aa

Josh McCown – 10f$

Dustin Vaughan – 6a

Kellen Moore – 7aa

Henry Burris – 8D

Summary: Minnesota looks to have the most stable quarterback position in all of the league with future hall of famer Josh McCown returning hungry as ever after losing to New York in last season’s Grand Finale. He still looks to be the top quarterback of the league and again makes Minnesota a favorite to make it to the title game in 2016. Behind McCown is where the position gets very interesting with the recent acquisitions of Henry Burris and Kellen Moore. Henry Burris is coming off career bests in the CFL taking the Ottawa Redblacks to the Grey Cup and Kellen Moore was traded for after starting for three years in Columbus. Each player provides Minnesota with two additional starting options should something happen to McCown at 36 years old. Dustin Vaughan, despite a positive rookie training camp, looks to have been passed up by rookie Taylor Heinicke who had a fantastic camp, but the numbers might not stack in his favor of making the final roster either.

Nashville Renegades

Bryce Petty – 6aa

Erik Meyer – 8

Bernard Morris – 7d

Summary: After trading for UCLA standout Brett Hundley, the ‘Gades shipped him out of town after drafting Baylor record breaker Bryce Petty. While Petty had an impressive camp, he was still outperformed by veteran Erik Meyer. For reasons unknown, Meyer spent most of last year in the Arena League despite him doing nothing but produce or shine in training camp. However, since his glory days with the Freeze, the one-time up-and-comer has been shoved in a shoe box and stuff under the bed year-after-year. Could this finally be the year someone gives him a shot to shine? Meyer looks to be the best option to open the season with, but Bryce Petty looks to be tagged as the future face of the franchise. Bernard Morris, another AFL veteran, gives Nashville an experienced and athletic emergency quarterback.

New Orleans Nightmare

Jason Boltus – 7

Nick Davila – 7aa

Zach Mettenberger – 8aa

Summary: There were a few who were critical of Zach Mettenberger edging out Nick Davilia in training camp last year, but it proved to be a job saving decision by Pete Carmichael Jr. Mettenberger put up the best rookie numbers by a quarterback in over a decade and is one of those up-and-coming young guns. He was able to get the Nightmare over the hump and into the postseason, but can he lead his team to a title in year two? Behind Mettenberger is the savvy veteran Nick Davila and a solid third string option in AFL veteran Jason Boltus.

New York Marauders

Tajh Boyd – 6a

Ryan Nassib – 8a

Matt Scott – 6

Drew Willy – 7ai

Summary: Bringing a title to the franchise in just his second year, Ryan Nassib had a very Eli Manning feel to his game last season. Similar to Eli, there were times he looked phenomenal and put up multiple touchdown performances and then there were times he was less than stellar and would end up throwing for less than 100 yards in a game. He’s not really elite, but he gets the job done in crunch time. This year more will be asked of Nassib if the Marauders want to successfully defend their title as first team All-SFL running back Chris Ivory has moved on to the NFL. Behind him is a solid veteran option in Drew Willy. Fighting for the number three spot are two former collegiate standouts in Tajh Boyd and Matt Scott. Both were highly touted coming out of college, but so far have had disappointing professional careers.

Orlando Rockets

Trevor Harris – 7aa

Brett Hundley – 6aa

Jonathan Jennings – 7a

Ricky Ray – 10df$

Summary: Despite signs of showing decline in this year’s training camp, Ricky Ray set new heights for his career in 2015 and showed few signs of slowing down. He spends a bit more time in the trainer’s room these days, but he’s still among the league’s best and main reason why the Rockets are a threat to win the title each season with him under center. Two former CFL starters Trevor Harris and Jon Jennings had tremendous training camps which led to longtime backup Darian Durant being released. Trevor Harris looks to be the heir apparent to Ricky Ray as he is the second highest paid quarterback in the league and in a contract year. Right now, high profile rookie Brett Hundley, who is already on his third team in just his rookie year is the 4th best quarterback on this roster.

Philadelphia Bulldogs

Shane Austin – 7

AJ McCarron – 6aa

Michael Vick – 9ci$

Summary: Mike Vick did a complete one-eighty in 2015 compared to his first stint in Philadelphia. He arrived at a time the Bulldogs were struggling and with low expectations of him completely turning the Bulldogs season around. However, he did just that and made the Bulldogs become one of the most dangerous teams after rattling off 11 straight wins into the postseason and getting into the discussion of league MVP. Now that the league has had an entire offseason to prepare for the 35 year old, will he be able to produce at the same level and without Alfred Morris? AJ McCarron has earned a lot of fans in camp, but is still largely an unknown and someone to keep an eye on. Shane Austin is a student of the game who could probably be a decent game manager if forced into action.

San Antonio Marshalls

Rakeem Cato – 7a

Pat Devlin – 6a

Bo Levi Mitchell – 8aa

Dan Raudabaugh – 7

Summary: After a breakout year in Nashville, Bo Levi Mitchell returns to the Lone Star State to replace the recently retired Graham Harrell. Mitchell should be a huge addition for a Marshalls’ team that fielded one of the worst offenses last season and should get more help from ownership compared to the situation he went through in Nashville last season. Rookie Rakem Cato and veteran Dan Raudabaugh made strong pushes for the backup job, but Cato may be the favorite because of his youth and mobility. Pat Devlin put up great numbers in garbage time, but looks like the 4th best option on this roster and probably not make the final cut.

Seattle Orcas

Ryan Griffin – 8a

Rex Grossman – 8D

Keith Price – 6aa

Jeff Tuel – 6aa

Anthony Boone – 6aa

Summary: Ryan Griffin had a less than stellar season only completing 55.2% of his passes in a quarterback boom last year. He still remains the Orcas best starting option though the addition of NFL veteran Rex Grossman is a solid insurance policy on management’s part. At the number three spot management will have a tough decision in a battle between three youngsters in former draft picks Keith Price, Jeff Tuel, and Anthony Boone. Keith Price brings versatility while Tuel has shown glimpses in spot time and Boone had a highly prolific career at Duke and a key reason why their football program has become relevant in recent years. The numbers game might play out against two of the young quarterbacks as most teams don’t carry four quarterbacks on their roster.

TOP 5 QB’s
1. Josh McCown, Minnesota Freeze
2. Ricky Ray, Orlando Rockets
3. Kirk Cousins, Los Angeles Stars
4. Zach Mettenberger, New Orleans Nightmare
5. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Bulldogs

TOP 5 PAID QB’s
1, Josh McCown, Minnesota Freeze – $3M
2, Ricky Ray, Orlando Rockets – $2.5M
3, Michael Vick, Philadelphia Bulldogs – $2.5M
4. Tim Tebow, Dallas Six-Shooters – $1.4M
5. Kirk Cousins, Los Angeles Stars – $1.1M