I think it is pretty clear and has been reported extensively elsewhere, despite insistence to the contrary, that Jason Campbell is the starting quarterback of the Redskins and will be throughout the 2007 season, barring injury. I also think -- and I know that this will not please Hogs Haven reader/commenter pookskins -- that Mark Brunell is the clear backup. Perhaps playing devil's advocate, Brunell is the ideal backup as he know the playbook and has proven capable of managing games. He won't win any on his own, but if JC goes down for a few weeks he could come in and mop up on poor competition. Again also playing devil's advocate, the scariest thing about Brunell on the roster is the perception that it shortens JC's leash, given Coach Gibbs' demonstrable affinity for the veteran.
Beyond those two though, there are a lot of guys competing for the 3rd and final roster spot, as Jason La Canfora notes in today's Washington Post, and Casey Bramlet might just be the guy who wins it:
While the Redskins' other quarterbacks -- veterans Jason Campbell, Mark Brunell and Todd Collins, and rookies Jordan Palmer and Sam Hollenbach -- spent the last six weeks training and practicing at the team's facility -- Bramlet gambled that the chance to get game action in a league thousands of miles away would best serve him.
Commenter Robert at Redskins Huddle posited a scenario that I found quite compelling, actually. I think Todd Collins still knows a thing or two about the Al Saunders system that could benefit our younger quarterbacks or offense in general. Thus, ceding the floor to Robert with my emphasis:
I'd love to see Collins as a coach, Brunell as the #2 security blanket, Bramlett as #3 and Palmer on the practice squad.
In any event, the battle is essentially betwixt Palmer and Bramlet, with Todd Collins looking more and more like the excess baggage. One final note on Casey Bramlet and his success in the NFL Europa, he could become one of the last players to parlay a European Vacation into an NFL roster spot, so sayeth Michael David Smith at Fanhouse:
But American football has never taken off in Europe the way Tagliabue envisioned, and now the NFL is considering putting NFL Europa out of its misery.