32. Ryan Mallett – Houston Texans
Despite playing respectably, Ryan Fitzpatrick has officially been benched so that the Texans can see what they have in Ryan Mallett. Mallett may end up being a good QB, but at this point he is completely unproven. So he’s going to have to start at the bottom and work his way up. He’s got the physical talents to do it, the question will be if he has what it takes between the ears.
31. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars
Blake Bortles stays steady at number 31 this week. If Mallett wasn’t making his debut he probably would have fallen to the bottom slot. I believe that Bortles is the future in Jacksonville, but when you’re leading the league in interceptions and have a Pro Football Focus grade of -26.7 it’s hard to make a case for Bortles beating many other QBs out.
30. Zach Mettenberger – Tennessee Titans (+2)
Zach Mettenberger wasn’t terrible in his debut. In fact, he played well enough to move up a couple of spots out of the bottom spot on the rankings. While I’m still uncertain if Mettenberger will prove to be a starting caliber QB he did show some promise. There’s a little Carson Palmer to his game. I’m not saying that he’ll have Palmer’s career, just that he’s the current QB I’m most reminded of when watching him play.
29. Teddy Bridgewater – Minnesota Vikings
Teddy Bridgewater is holding steady at number 29 this week. The Vikings are quietly still hanging around in the NFC and I have a hunch that Bridgewater may just see his game improve in the second half as he gains more experience and confidence. If the Vikings could get Adrian Peterson back it would open up the field for Teddy and you may see things really take off.