Where Panthers’ Andy Dalton Ranks Among NFL Backup QBs

Where Panthers’ Andy Dalton Ranks Among NFL Backup QBs
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With the league’s 17-game season and relentless grind from Week 1 through the Super Bowl, there’s never been a better time to go two deep at quarterback than now across the NFL.  

Luckily for the Carolina Panthers, first-year head coach Frank Reich has a backup option under center that’s appeared in 166 NFL games in ninth-year quarterback Andy Dalton.  

BetCarolina.com, your home to North Carolina sports betting, utilized data on all 32 backup QBs from Pro-Football-Reference.com on games started, QB rating, TD% and INT% to compile an aggregate ranking of the most valuable backup QBs in the league.  

We utilized ESPN.com as well as updated team depth charts to determine backup QBs. At this point, not all depth charts are set/available.

Read on to discover how much Dalton's experience could boost the Panthers playoff chances.

Rating NFL’s Backup Quarterbacks

TeamBackup QBAggregate RankGames StartedQB RatingTD %INT %
ColtsGardner MinshewT-1st15th2nd3rd2nd
EaglesMarcus MariotaT-1st3rd4th6thT-9th
PanthersAndy Dalton3rd1st7th5thT-11th
GiantsTyrod Taylor4th7th5thT-10th3rd
LionsTeddy Bridgewater5th4th3rd15thT-5th
SteelersMitch Trubisky6th2nd8th2nd22nd
SaintsJameis Winston7thT-5th9thT-10th8th
CommandersJacoby Brissett8thT-8th12th22nd1st
RaidersBrian Hoyer9th10th14thT-16thT-5th
FalconsTaylor Heinicke10th14th10thT-7thT-15th
BengalsTrevor SiemianT-11th12th16th9thT-11th
PatriotsBailey ZappeT-11thT-27th1st1stT-19th
CowboysCooper Rush13th24th11thT-12th4th
TexansDavis Mills14th13th13thT-12thT-15th
VikingsNick Mullens15th19th6thT-7thT-23rd
49ersSam Darnold16thT-5th20thT-16thT-19th
CardinalsColt McCoy17th11th18th23rdT-9th
JaguarsCJ Beathard18th20th17thT-16thT-11th
BillsKyle Allen19th18th15th14th18th
SeahawksDrew Lock20th17th19thT-16th14th
ChiefsBlaine Gabbert21stT-8th24th20thT-19th
RavensTyler Huntley22nd21st21st28thT-5th
JetsZach Wilson23rd16th25thT-25thT-15th
BroncosJarrett Stidham24thT-27th23rd4th28th
DolphinsMike White25thT-22nd22nd24th25th
BrownsJosh Dobbs26thT-27th26thT-25thT-23rd
BearsPJ Walker27thT-22nd27th27th26th
RamsBrett Rypien28thT-25th28th21st29th
TitansMalik Willis29thT-25th29thT-29th27th
BucsKyle Trask30thT-30th30thT-29thT-30th
PackersSean CliffordT-31stT-30thT-31stT-29thT-30th
ChargersEaston StickT-31stT-30thT-31stT-29thT-30th

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Dalton Among NFL’s Best Backup QB’s

Dalton and the Panthers ranked third leaguewide among NFL backup quarterbacks, thanks to the 35-year-old Texas native’s No. 1 ranking for games started and No. 5 finish in terms of touchdown percentage.  

Overall, Dalton finished behind Indianapolis Colts’ backup Gardner Minshew and Marcus Mariota of the Philadelphia Eagles among NFL backups, with both finishing in a tie for first leaguewide.  

Dalton’s 38,150 passing yards, 244 passing touchdowns and 1.7-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio ultimately helped the NFL veteran climb the league leaderboard among backup options.  

Whether the “Red Rocket” will see the field much this year behind Bryce Young remains to be seen, though Panthers fans can rest assured that Dalton’s ready for his moment under center should it arise.

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Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan is a lead writer at BetCarolina.com specializing in covering state issues. He has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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