C.J. Beathard
49ers' C.J. Beathard: Not expected to start
C.J. Beathard, QB, SF
5:10 PM
News: Head coach Kyle Shanahan stated that Beathard will not compete for a starting job as a rookie, Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Despite spending a third-round draft pick on the quarterback out of Iowa, the 49ers are committed to developing the young arm behind the seasoned veteran, Brian Hoyer. Beathard could potentially wind up on the practice squad if both Hoyer and Matt Barkley enter camp healthy. While the rookie doesn't have the characteristics of a high-end fantasy quarterback, working with Shanahan -- who has gotten the most out of his quarterbacks -- could result in some fantasy-friendly performances down the road.

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Brian Hoyer
49ers' Brian Hoyer: Remains starter despite team drafting QB
Brian Hoyer, QB, SF
4:28 PM
News: Head coach Kyle Shanahan stated that Hoyer is still the team's starting quarterback despite taking C.J. Beathard in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Beathard was considered a developmental draft selection, so Hoyer's starting job is in no danger and Shanahan confirmed that sentiment Friday. The journeyman quarterback has shown flashes of fantasy usefulness over the past few seasons, but injuries have always cut the 32-year-old's seasons short. Health and inconsistent results will keep veteran's value depressed heading into drafts next season, but there is some potential for a career year under Shanahan, who Hoyer threw for a career-high 3,326 yards in 2014 when both were with the Browns.

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Cody Kessler
Browns' Cody Kessler: In competition for starting role
Cody Kessler, QB, CLE
3:14 PM
News: Kessler, along with the other quarterback's on the roster, will compete for the starting job, according to Cleveland.com.

Even though the Browns took DeShone Kizer in the second round of the draft, head coach Hue Jackson made it clear Kessler is still very much in the conversation to be the team's starting quarterback. In his rookie campaign, Kessler completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 1,380 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions across parts of nine games. He showed flashes of potential at times, but ball security was an issue. On the flip side, his knowledge of the offense should give him a leg up on the job as training camp begins.

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DeShone Kizer
Browns' DeShone Kizer: WIll compete for starting gig
DeShone Kizer, QB, CLE
3:01 PM
News: Coach Hue Jackson said Friday that Kizer will have a chance to compete for the starting job, according to Cleveland.com.

The second-round draft pick out of Notre Dame joins quarterbacks Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan and Brock Osweiler on the roster, and it seems each will have a shot to start the season under center. Osweiler and Kessler have the most experience, but neither performed at an especially high level in 2016, giving Kizer a fair chance. As with all rookies, there are many things he needs to improve on to be a successful NFL quarterback, but as of now, his competition is rather weak. However, all of this would change if the Browns finally convince the Patriots to part ways with Jimmy Garoppolo.

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Alex Smith
Chiefs' Alex Smith: Still locked in for Week 1
Alex Smith, QB, KC
4/28/2017
News: Head coach Andy Reid confirmed that Smith will still be the Chiefs' starting quarterback despite the team's selection of Pat Mahomes at No. 10 overall, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports. "I don't worry about Alex on this," Reid said. "Alex knows we trust him. Alex is the starting quarterback. Nothing is going to change there. The kid is going to take some time. He understands that.

While Mahomes presumably won't challenge Smith for the Week 1 starting job, the Chiefs' decision to give up three early-round picks for the young quarterback means there will be pressure to make a midseason change if the team doesn't live up to expectations early in the year. It does seem the Chiefs are well positioned to avoid such a scenario, with Smith coming off a strong 2016 season and surrounded by the best supporting cast he's had since arriving in Kansas City. The larger concern is Smith's future beyond 2017, as his contract only runs through 2018 and doesn't have any guaranteed payments left. Given what the team surrendered in Thursday's trade, Mahomes likely will be groomed to take over the starting job in 2018. Smith will celebrate his 33rd birthday in May, but he could still be a valuable trade chip next offseason as a potential one-year stopgap with a reasonable salary.

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Mike Glennon
Bears' Mike Glennon: Won't face immediate competition from Trubisky
Mike Glennon, QB, CHI
4/28/2017
News: Bears general manager Ryan Pace said No. 2 overall selection Mitch Trubisky will not push Glennon for the starting job out of the gates, Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer of The Chicago Tribune report. "Mike Glennon is our starting quarterback," said Pace. "There's no quarterback competition when Mitch gets here. Glennon is our starting quarterback. We'll focus on Mitch's development and Mike Glennon winning games for the Chicago Bears."

While this sentiment perhaps could change if Trubisky impresses during training camp and the preseason, it does make sense that the Bears want him to spend a year waiting in the wings, as he only started 13 games at the University of North Carolina. Chicago also made a significant investment this offseason in Glennon, who signed a three-year, $45 million contract that includes $18.5 million guaranteed. The team seemingly hopes to keep Trubisky on the bench for his entire rookie campaign, but the plan could change in a hurry if Glennon struggles early in the season and it becomes clear the Bears don't have any shot of making the playoffs.

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Tom Savage
Texans' Tom Savage: Remains starting QB after draft
Tom Savage, QB, HOU
4/28/2017
News: Savage is Houston's starting quarterback according to head coach Bill O'Brien who made that clear following the team's first-round selection of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. "Tom is our starter," O'Brien said.

O'Brien said Watson will have to sit and learn behind Savage and Brandon Weeden, though it's clear the long-range plan is for Watson to be Houston's franchise quarterback. Savage, by dint of his experience in the offense, is the likely starter Week 1.

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Deshaun Watson
Texans' Deshaun Watson: Taken by Houston in trade up
Deshaun Watson, QB, HOU
4/27/2017
News: The Texans selected Watson in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 12th overall.

They traded up from the 25th pick to make the selection, giving up their 2018 first-round pick in the process. Bill O'Brien is generally known as a coach who prefers, tall, heavy quarterbacks with strong arms, but Watson decisively cuts against that mold. He also cuts against the mold of the likes of Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage in the sense that he can actually throw a football at the NFL level. Watson might initially struggle as he adjusts to the speed of NFL defenses, but his unparalleled success at Clemson (97 total touchdowns in his last 30 games) and consecutive National Championship appearances imply that he's capable of adapting. It doesn't hurt that he'll have a very good group of pass catchers waiting for him in Houston. If Tom Savage is the only competition the Texans can muster, it's hard to imagine Watson anywhere but the starting lineup in Week 1. As a talented runner with plenty of surrounding help, Watson could make a surprisingly big fantasy impact as a rookie with a little luck.

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Carson Wentz
Eagles' Carson Wentz: Undergoes surgery to correct vision
Carson Wentz, QB, PHI
4/27/2017
News: Wentz told Sportsradio 94WIP on Thursday that he underwent offseason surgery to correct his vision, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Word of the procedure comes on the heels of a report from ESPN.com's Tim McManus, who relayed that Wentz has been focusing on his mechanics and footwork with instructor Adam Dedeaux this offseason. Self-improvement is a valued trait of quarterbacks, and in addition to the likely upgrades in sight and accuracy, Wentz will have some new weapons at his disposal in 2017. Joining Jordan Matthews in the receiving corps are free-agent additions Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, which on paper is a formidable trio for the NFC East and opposing secondaries in general to deal with. Taking each development into account, the Eagles and Wentz himself have bet that he can improve upon a rookie campaign in which he completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,782 yards to go with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

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Teddy Bridgewater
Vikings' Teddy Bridgewater: Likely won't have fifth-year option exercised
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, MIN
4/26/2017
News: The Vikings aren't expected to exercise Bridgewater's (knee) fifth-year option before the May 2 deadline, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

With Bridgewater still working his way back from a torn ACL and dislocated left knee that sidelined him for all of 2016, the Vikings aren't willing to guarantee his $11 million-plus deal for 2018. The former first-round pick remains without a timetable to return to full activities. Meanwhile, Sam Bradford is set to enter training camp as the team's starting QB, with Case Keenum on hand to serve as his top backup.

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