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|The only question about Tom Brady as quarterback in New England is when Father Time finally wins before the five-time Super Bowl champ decides he's done with the NFL.
Same for Drew Brees in New Orleans or Philip Rivers with the Chargers.
Aaron Rodgers is expected back at his usual level returning from injury for Green Bay Bills Authentic Jerseys , and Deshaun Watson tantalized before his own injury cut short a very promising rookie season. Even though it's been a while since Andrew Luck threw a pass in an NFL game, his resume gives him plenty of cushion as he recovers from shoulder surgery.
Not every quarterback has the same grip on a starting job as Brady, Brees or Rodgers, and a poor game or sloppy start can lead to a spot on the bench. Add a promising rookie into the mix, the leash can be even shorter.
Here's a look at some quarterbacks who need to play well to remain starters as training camps open around the league:
JAMEIS WINSTON, BUCCANEERS
Yes, Marcus Mariota must prove he can play all 16 games in a season, but the Tennessee Titans already have picked up Mariota's fifth-year option for 2019. Same for Tampa Bay for Jameis Winston, the quarterback taken a spot ahead of Mariota in 2015. Both are due $20.9 million in 2019 at what could be a bargain the way the market is booming for quarterbacks.
On the other hand, Winston will miss the first three games this season with the quarterback suspended for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after a league investigation of an accusation that the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner groped a female Uber driver during a ride in Arizona in March 2016. That's not a great combination when Bucs coach Dirk Koetter's job security already is at risk after a 5-11 record last season. Tampa Bay brought back veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who started three games in Winston's place last season, for an experienced backup.
JIMMY GAROPPOLO Authentic Clayton Keller Jersey , 49ERS
Jimmy G could do no wrong for the 49ers last season, winning five straight games after finally moving into the starting lineup. San Francisco wasted little time signing the young quarterback to a five-year contract worth $137.5 million at an average of $27.5 million per season. The 49ers also re-signed receiver Marquise Goodwin to keep a top target around.
As good as Garoppolo looked, there's now plenty of game tape of him running coach Kyle Shanahan's offense. Defensive coordinators, especially those in the NFC West, have had all offseason to figure out how to slow down Garoppolo.
TYROD TAYLOR, BROWNS
Helping the Bills stop a seemingly endless playoff drought wasn't enough to keep Taylor on the job in Buffalo. The Cleveland Browns traded for Taylor on the eve of free agency, and that's normally a sure sign a team is heavily invested in a player. Then the Browns went quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, selecting Baker Mayfield. Keeping Mayfield on the bench depends mostly on how long Taylor plays well.
JOE FLACCO, RAVENS
The 10-year veteran has missed a mere six games since being drafted by Baltimore in 2008, all in 2015, and led the Ravens to a Super Bowl in 2012. But the Ravens last reached the playoffs in 2014, and general manager Ozzie Newsome made sure to give himself options in his final year in charge. Not Robert Griffin III Adidas Matt Murray Jersey , who last started a game in 2016 with Cleveland.
Newsome traded to get the final pick of the first round in April to select Lamar Jackson . Yes, the Ravens insist they want to develop Jackson and be patient. If Flacco struggles, Jackson, who threw 57 touchdown passes over the past two seasons in college at Louisville and won a Heisman Trophy, could start looking really good much sooner.
CASE KEENUM, BRONCOS
Coming off the bench and leading Minnesota to the NFC championship game is one thing. Playing quarterback under the watchful eye of Hall of Famer John Elway in Denver is quite a different challenge. Keenum comes in as the starter after the best season of his career . He'll need to pick up where he left off to stop the Broncos' quarterback carousel , with backup Paxton Lynch, the 26th pick overall in 2016, sitting on the bench and, thus far, showing little when he has played.
PATRICK MAHOMES II
With Alex Smith traded to Washington , all the pressure now is on Mahomes in Kansas City after he was the target of all those longing looks to the bench by fans during his rookie season. He looked good winning his first NFL start in last year's regular-season finale . That won't help with expectations remaining high for the Chiefs Trent Murphy Color Rush Jersey , who won the AFC West before blowing a wild-card game to the Titans at Arrowhead Stadium in the playoffs.
Odell Beckham Jr. isn't on the trade market. He isn't untouchable, either.
New York Giants owner John Mara on Sunday expressed his disappointment in the controversial star receiver.
Speaking at the NFL meetings, Mara said he is not angry with Beckham, who recently was seen in a video in bed with a woman and what appeared to be white powder, though the timing of the video and its content is uncertain.
"It's too often he allows himself to be put in bad situations and uses bad judgment," Mara said, adding that the video "wasn't helpful. He knows what we expect of him and now it's up to him.
"We certainly are not shopping him. Coming off 3-13 when we played as poorly as we did, I can't say anyone is untouchable."
Beckham missed 12 games last year with a broken left ankle, so he was sidelined for most of New York's awful season. He's already made it clear he wants a new contract, and Mara admitted Beckham's mercurial behavior 鈥?which also has brought problems on the field, including a one-game suspension in 2015 鈥?could affect any talks. Beckham is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie deal and there has been strong speculation he will hold out during training camp.
"Contracts get done when they're supposed to get done. We'll just have to see what happens," Mara said.
He added that Beckham playing out the contract is "a possibility."
The 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year Olivier Rodrigue Oilers Jersey , Beckham has been New York's best offensive weapon when healthy. In his first three seasons, he had 288 receptions for 4,122 yards and 35 touchdowns. His highlight-reel catches have been, well, a highlight of his short career.
But so have incidents such as an on-field feud with then-Panthers cornerback Josh Norman for which Beckham was suspended a game in December 2015 for egregious fouls.
Beckham is scheduled to make almost $8.5 million this season and has said he wants to be the highest-paid receiver in the NFL.
For now, Pittsburgh's All-Pro wideout Antonio Brown has the highest average yearly salary for the position, $17.5 million 鈥?more than double what Beckham makes.