NFL Quarterback Update

<b>Texans</b><br> QB David Carr is easily off to the best start of his young career. Carr is third in the NFL with 1,641 passing yards, a pass for more than 4,000 for the season.

QB Trent Dilfer remains an important part of the support system of starting QB Matt Hasselbeck. The two are the best of friends off the field, and Dilfer approaches the game like an assistant coach. Hasselbeck credits Dilfer for helping him become a productive starter.

QB Matt Hasselbeck received the backing of newly signed WR Jerry Rice. "I like him," Rice said. "Very composed, strong, tall quarterback that can throw the deep ball, can do everything."

QB Marques Tuiasosopo, after hearing cries for him to replace Collins in the 31-3 loss to Denver, said he continued to fully support the starter. He has not played in the regular season.

QB Kerry Collins has been sacked 24 times in his last eight games.

QB Jon Kitna remains supportive of starter Carson Palmer, though some fans want to see him play.

QB Carson Palmer has had to throw a lot -- 190 pass attempts in five games -- because the Bengals have led so infrequently this season and are playing from behind.

QB A.J. Feeley is trying to remain patient about his lack of opportunity to start despite Miami's 0-6 record entering Sunday's game against St. Louis. "It's his decision," said Feeley, referring to coach Dave Wannstedt. What it is is what it is."

QB Jay Fiedler ranks last among full-time starters in quarterback rating entering Sunday's game against St. Louis. Fiedler's rating of 51.1 results largely from a poor completion percentage (50.0) as well as his touchdowns-to-interception standing (two-to-six).

QB Josh McCown finally threw a TD pass this season. He hadn't thrown once since the final play of 2003 until he threw three scoring passes at San Francisco, a likely byproduct of a made-over offensive line and having young receivers playing without Anquan Boldin. While McCown wasn't necessarily to blame for the drought, he said the TD tosses gave his confidence a lift.

QB Shaun King won't get much playing time this year if starter Josh McCown stays healthy. But McCown will get the hook if he starts turning the ball over, as coach Dennis Green proved against Atlanta this year.

QB Michael Vick does not figure to be in the shotgun any time soon. Although the suggestion keeps coming up on Atlanta, coach Jim Mora has said Vick is not comfortable taking his eyes off the defense in order to receive a snap.

QB Eli Manning, the heir apparent, spent the bye week with his parents and brother, Peyton (who was also off) at the University of Mississippi, Eli's alma mater. Coincidentally, the Rebels were playing Peyton's alma mater, Tennessee, and the Vols won, 21-17. "It was great fun," Eli said, "but now it's time to go back to work."

QB Kurt Warner, who has apparently made it all the way back from his lost season in St. Louis last year, wants to do more and contribute more and expects there will be more offense than the team has displayed so far. "There is a lot more we can add," he says. Asked whether he expects to be with the Giants next year or move out so that young Eli Manning can take over, Warner shrugged. "Whatever God wants me to do, I'm happy to do it," he said. "If it is in His plans for me to stay here, then I will."

QBs Tony Romo and Drew Henson shouldn't be looking for playing time anytime soon. Coach Bill Parcells said he has not thought about using them in place of 19-year veteran Vinny Testaverde and at this point has no plans of doing so.

QB Vinny Testaverde has thrown a touchdown pass in all five games and has a streak of eight straight games with a least one scoring pass dating back to last season with the Jets.

QB Danny Kanell has not attempted a pass yet this season behind starter Jake Plummer. He's the only other quarterback on the 53-man roster.

QB Jake Plummer has thrown at least one interception in three of Denver's games, and in all three games he has bounced back to make big plays. Plummer threw an interception on his fourth pass of Sunday's game at Oakland, but rebounded to throw three touchdowns before the end of the first half.

QB Billy Volek saw his first NFL action throwing three incompletions in mop-up work in the Titans' last game against the Vikings, a 42-24 loss at Minnesota in 2001.

QB Steve McNair has a very average 67.9 quarterback rating right now with six interceptions compared to four touchdowns. He banged up his chest a bit in the loss to the Texans but is expected to be fine this week at the Titans prepare for a trip to Minnesota.

QB David Garrard has yet to play this year, but he could be called on if Byron Leftwich keeps taking too many shots.

QB Jim Sorgi remains as the team's No. 2 quarterback. Sorgi is the only other quarterback on Indianapolis' active roster besides Manning. The team signed former Buffalo QB Troy Brown to the practice squad last week.

QB David Carr has a warning for opposing teams: Don't make wide receiver Andre Johnson mad. Johnson, the third overall pick in last year's draft, is quiet and relaxed off the field, unusual since he attended the University of Miami. On the field, however, he's totally different. "On the field, he turns into Angry Dre," Carr said. "That's his alter ego. He's totally cool about it, but he's just so focused on dominating the guys he's playing against. He's a lot of fun to be around if he's on your side. "I try to warn the (opposing) defensive backs in the first quarter, 'Don't make this guy mad.' They'll start talking trash and trying to get into his head, and that's the worst thing you want to do. He has this little switch in him, and when it goes off, he fires up real quick. When he gets this little look on his face, you know he's hot and ready to go." Patriots
QB Rohan Davey continued his hold on the No. 2 spot ahead of Jim Miller. Davey was never asked to loosen up Sunday after Tom Brady took a big hit, a sign that the medical staff felt Brady was fine.

QB Tom Brady did not throw an interception at home during the 2003 season, but has thrown three of his five picks this year at Gillette Stadium. Seattle's Michael Boulware intercepted him Sunday two pass attempts after Brady had lost a fumble on a crushing hit by Boulware at the end of a scramble. Brady appeared shaken up on the play, but remained in the game despite looking out of sorts. Following the hit, Brady completed 6-of-13 passes for 113 yards with an interception. He nearly had a second pass picked off, but also hit Daniel Graham for 24 yards and Bethel Johnson for 48 in leading two scoring drives.

QB Philip Rivers is still on clipboard duty -- he runs the second team in practice -- with starter Drew Brees playing so well.

QB Drew Brees had his first interception in three weeks on a tipped ball in the first quarter, but other than that, Brees continues to shine. He was 23 of 31 for 227 yards and a touchdown. Brees continues to play with confidence, and that should only grow with the trading deadline finally here and gone, and Brees still here.

QB Craig Krenzel will get 40 percent of the practice reps this week, up from about five percent the last two weeks, and the fifth-round rookie will probably get some playing time if starter Jonathan Quinn struggles Sunday against the Bucs.

QB Jonathan Quinn probably needs to show marked improvement this week in order to maintain his starting position after last week's disaster against the Redskins, in which he was sacked four times, had a passer rating of 33.5 and threw for a net 34 yards.

QB Patrick Ramsey put up a 55.6 rating in his only action this season, Sept. 19 at the New York Giants. Ramsey had one touchdown and three interceptions and took three sacks that day, but he also had a per-attempt average of 7.89 yards -- nearly 2 1/2 yards better than Mark Brunell's clip.

QB Mark Brunell's combination of 51.2 percent completions and very few deep throws have his per-attempt average down to a miserable 5.43 yards. Only Miami's Jay Feeley (5.34) and Cincinnati's Carson Palmer (5.38) are worse in the NFL.

QB Ken Dorsey is fully recovered from a sore groin he sustained during his two starts earlier this season. Dorsey has not played the last three games but has to be on standby with Tim Rattay experiencing arm problems.

QB Jake Delhomme was defended by head coach John Fox after his four-interception game against the Eagles. Fox wasn't pleased with the play of his team's offensive line.

QB Brett Favre took advantage of the predictable, static defense of Lions coordinator Dick Jauron to have a field day. Jauron blitzed on just three of 38 dropbacks. Favre stayed on rhythm and generally was on target.

QB Donovan McNabb has shown a reluctance to run this season. He has just 16 rushing attempts for 42 yards in the Eagles' first five games.

QB Todd Bouman has not played in the first six games. In addition to backing up Aaron Brooks, he is the holder for kicker John Carney.

QB Aaron Brooks completed 22 of 38 passes against the Vikings for 249 yards. He threw one touchdown pass, one interception and was sacked three times to finish with a passer rating of 75.4. He also ran three times for 25 yards and scored on a 5-yard scramble in the final period.

QB Quincy Carter will not play unless Chad Pennington gets hurt, but he is the No. 2 QB.

QB Chad Pennington has really established himself as a team leader, exploding on his teammates at halftime last week against the 49ers for their lack of energy and falling behind 14-3. He's still having trouble finding his receivers, which could be a problem when the Jets need a quick strike on offense.

QB Gus Frerotte is the most forgotten man on the team. Even die-hard Daunte Culpepper bashers are coming up short on criticism.

QB Daunte Culpepper is the league MVP through five games. He threw five touchdown passes for the second consecutive week and the third time this season. He has 18 TD passes, an NFL record through five games. Brett Favre set the previous record of 16 in 1996.

QB Mike McMahon stayed on the sidelines despite the Lions' struggles in their 38-10 loss to Green Bay, an indication that he is not seen as an alternative to starting Lions QB Joey Harrington, even in bad times. McMahon is known for his scrambling ability but has a career completion percentage of 42.3 percent.

QB Joey Harrington is coming off his worst game of the season. After completing five of his first six passes for 72 yards and a game-tying touchdown, he connected on just 7 of 17 for 29 yards and an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Green Bay. Without WR Roy Williams as a target, Harrington seemed to be overly cautious and threw several balls over and behind his intended receivers.

QB Jeff Garcia has fumbled four center exchanges in six games - two while in the shotgun and two while under center.

QB Kordell Stewart has not played one snap in the first five games of the season.

QB Kyle Boller has thrown just nine touchdowns in 333 career passes, an average of one every 37 attempts.

QB Shane Matthews has dressed as the No. 2 man for the first fives games but has yet to play. He did make a contribution to last Sunday's win over Miami, instructing starter Drew Bledsoe on a good way to throw a shovel pass, an underhand spiral that is easier to catch than a pitch forward. The Bills had two big plays off the shovel pass.

QB Drew Bledsoe, who has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 26 of 37 games as a Bill, needs seven to pass Doug Flutie (47) for fourth-place on the team's all-time list.

QB Cory Sauter worked out for the Steelers on Tuesday but was not signed.

QB Joe Germaine worked out for the Steelers on Tuesday but was not signed.

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