How to Judge an NFL Quarterback Competition

July 28, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

You’re at a job interview, and the usual nervous ticks start. Your right leg keeps jittering and bouncing as though you’re ready to take off. And there’s sweat. So much sweat.
But this isn’t a normal job interview. The sweat is dripping partly because of nerves, sure, but it’s mostly due to the sweltering midsummer heat. You’re outside in full gear sprinting, dropping back, throwing and do it all again as critical eyes watch.
You’re an NFL quarterback, and in the early days of training camp a competition for the starting job has begun. The winner gets a shot at weekly glory. The loser gets to watch while he hears the play call through his earpiece. Plays he won’t execute.
Training camps usually start in late July with that scene for at least a handful of teams. This year may be the rare exception, with only the San Francisco 49ers holding a true competition at football’s most important position.
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