There are five quarterbacks. The 49ers now have five quarterbacks on their practice squad, including Jimmy Garoppolo. They elevated him from their active roster to replace C.J. Beathard who was released after he suffered a torn ACL last week in practice.
They signed Garoppolo to a two-year contract worth $20 million with $10 million in guaranteed money. He will be the second quarterback behind Blaine Gabbert this season. Gabbert is expected to start at least one game for the 49ers this year after losing out to Garoppolo in training camp and the preseason. He has not played in an NFL regular season game since 2014 when he was with the Jaguars.
Garoppolo started 33 games over three seasons with the Patriots where he passed for 10,508 yards with 62 touchdowns against 37 interceptions. He also ran for four scores during his time with New England.
The 49ers lost their first two games of the season before beating the Rams 13-10 in Garoppolo's debut. He threw for 181 yards with two touchdowns without an interception.
After trading for Beathard, they dropped their next game to the Seahawks 26-16.
What is the most starting quarterbacks an NFL team has ever had in a single season? As far as I know, the 1987 New England Patriots set the record with five quarterbacks in a single season. ( They began the season with experienced quarterback Steve Gorgan. Then they played rookies Brian Griese and Matt Hasselbeck in their first games.) Griese and Hasselbeck were both in the league for only one season before moving on to have successful careers of their own.
Another franchise that used five quarterbacks in a single season was the 2007 Indianapolis Colts. Andrew Luck is the current starting quarterback for the Colts, but he did not start his career until after the 2006 season had ended. He came into the league as part of the first overall pick in the 2012 draft. His two other starting quarterbacks for parts of that season were Charlie Whitehurst and Kelly Holcomb. Both men are no longer with the team.
The 2005 Chicago Bears are another team that used five different quarterbacks in a single season. The Bears started out the season with veteran Mike Tomczak at the helm. Then they played rookies Rex Grossman and Jonathan Quinn. After losing both games, they put Greg Olson in for one game and Kyle Orton for another. When Tomczak returned from injury, they replaced him with Jim Miller for one game before bringing in Daunte Culpepper for another.
Six quarterbacks What happened to them? The six quarterbacks selected before to Tom Brady in the 2000 NFL Draft. Even 21 years after being picked, Tom Brady remains one of the top football players in the world. Nobody anticipated Brady to be great when he was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft. In fact, most people thought he would not make it past training camp.
Brady's success has inspired many to pick names in the sixth round of the draft. However, only two players selected before Tom Brady have even started a game in the NFL. The most games started by someone before Tom Brady is Peyton Manning with 17. There have been other notable players who have been picked in the sixth round of the draft but they have not panned out like Manning or Brady.
After Manning, there are only three more quarterbacks drafted before Brady. All three played at least one game in the NFL. They are Alex Smith, Kyle Boller, and Josh McCown. None of them are as successful as Manning or Brady. In fact, none of them have ever won a Super Bowl.
In conclusion, there have been six quarterbacks selected before Tom Brady in the NFL Draft. Only two of them have started games. The most successful player selected before Brady is Peyton Manning with 17 Super Bowl victories. It is unlikely that anyone will match or beat this record in the future because only two quarterbacks have been selected before Tom Brady in the NFL Draft.
Some went on to have long careers, while others had brief and mostly forgettable careers or were never picked at all. Only 16 quarterbacks have ever participated in an NFL game out of the nearly 500 USC players who have gone on to play in the league. Here are their names.
USC has had more than its share of quarterback controversy. In addition to Barkley, Matt Leinart and Aaron Rodgers (not to mention Mark Sanchez) all saw time under center during their years with the Trojans. Several other quarterbacks have also been drafted over the years, but only two have ever started an NFL game: Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.
Palmer spent his first six seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals before being traded to the Raiders for a second-round pick in 2014. He's now one victory away from tying Joe Montana for most victories by a Notre Dame quarterback. Leinart is 1-3 as a starter after replacing Palmer last season. He was drafted second overall by the Arizona Cardinals in 2009 and went on to win the Heisman Trophy that year.
There have been so many quality quarterbacks at USC that it's hard to name any single one above the rest. However, if we had to choose one, it would be Barkley. Not only was he the best player on some of the greatest teams in Trojan history, but he also led his team to the playoffs every year he was in school.