Team: Arizona Year: 2014 Why was he playing?: Knee injuries to Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton plus failure of rookie Logan Thomas to grasp head coach Bruce Arians’ offense. Result: Lindley lost both of his starts in the final two weeks of the regular season and was under center during a first-round playoff loss to Carolina in which Arizona gained the fewest yards (78) in NFL postseason history. What’s he doing now?: Unsigned after being released by New England at the end of the 2015 preseason, Lindley and fellow journeyman Josh Freeman were added to the Indianapolis’ roster Tuesday in light of the quarterbacking injuries the Colts have suffered. Andrew Luck (kidney) and Matt Hasselbeck (shoulder) aren’t expected to play Sunday against Tennessee.
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2. Connor Shaw
Team: Cleveland Year: 2014 Why was he playing?: Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel were both injured. Result: A college free agent out of South Carolina, Shaw completed 14 of 28 passes with no touchdowns and one interception while being sacked four times in a 20-10 loss to Baltimore. What’s he doing now?: Shaw broke his thumb during a preseason game against Washington and was placed on injured reserve.
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3. Chase Daniel
Team: Kansas City Year: 2013 and 2014 Why was he playing?: Starter Alex Smith was sidelined by injuries in both seasons. Result: Daniel split two season-finales against San Diego but his performance was impressive, especially considering he barely played before those Week 17 starts. Daniel didn’t throw an interception in 57 pass attempts and showed good command of Kansas City’s offense. What’s he doing now?: Daniel remains a backup behind Smith in the final year of his Chiefs contract. If not re-signed as a high-priced safety net, the 29-year-old Daniel could be an intriguing option for teams interested in having him compete for a starting spot in 2016 despite height limitations (he’s listed at six-feet tall).
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4. Thad Lewis
Teams: Cleveland (2012), Buffalo (2013) Why was he playing?: Shoulder injuries to Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy opened the door for Lewis – an undrafted college free agent from Duke who first signed with St. Louis in 2010 -- to get his first NFL start in the 2012 season-finale at Pittsburgh. Result: Lewis didn’t win the game but he caught the attention of other teams when completing 22 of 32 passes for 204 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Lewis signed with the Bills after his Browns release in 2013 and started five games, including two victories over AFC East rival Miami. What’s he doing now?: Lewis is the third-string quarterback in Philadelphia where his former Browns head coach (Pat Shurmur) was just promoted to interim head coach in place of the fired Chip Kelly.
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5. Brian Hoyer
Team: Arizona Year: 2012 Why was he playing?: With Ryan Lindley and John Skelton ineffective trying to replace an injured Kevin Kolb, the Cardinals turned to a QB claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh just a few weeks earlier. Hoyer, who was released by New England at the end of the preseason, spent much of the season unemployed before joining the Steelers as an insurance policy until Ben Roethlisberger got healthy. Result: Hoyer didn’t win in his Week 17 start against San Francisco but he did get himself back on the NFL radar with his performance. Waived by Arizona the following offseason, Hoyer signed with Cleveland and started 16 games during the 2013 and 2014 campaigns before being replaced by Johnny Manziel. What’s he doing now?: Hoyer is the starting quarterback for Houston.
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6. Matt Flynn
Team: Green Bay Year: 2011 Why was he playing?: With the No. 1 playoff seed in the NFC locked up, the Packers wanted to rest Aaron Rodgers for the postseason. Result: Flynn set franchise records for passing yards (480) and touchdowns (six) in a win over Detroit. Combined with a strong starting performance the previous season at New England, Flynn garnered a three-year, $20 million contract with $10 million guaranteed from Seattle during the 2012 offseason. Flynn, though, was unable to best rookie Russell Wilson for a first-string job during training camp. He was traded to Oakland during the 2013 offseason and later bounced to Buffalo and back to the Packers. What’s he doing now?: Flynn was signed in November as Drew Brees’ backup in New Orleans when Luke McCown (back) was placed on injured reserve.
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7. John Skelton
Team: Arizona Year: 2010 and 2011 Why was he playing?: A 2010 fifth-round draft pick out of Fordham, Skelton was thrust into action for the final four games of his rookie campaign following injuries to Derek Anderson and Max Hall. Skelton began 2011 as a backup but started seven games after Kevin Kolb suffered toe and brain injuries. Result: Skelton was 1-1 in Week 17 games, losing to San Francisco in 2010 and beating Seattle in 2011. What’s he doing now?: Skelton was waived during the 2013 offseason when Bruce Arians became Arizona’s head coach. Skelton spent time with Cincinnati, San Francisco and Tennessee in 2013 but never appeared in a game. He was cut by the Montreal Alouettes during training camp last August and is out of football.
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8. Joe Webb
Team: Minnesota Year: 2010 Why was he playing?: The Vikings turned to Webb after Brett Favre suffered a season-ending concussion in Week 15. Result: Webb won his NFL debut in a road upset over Philadelphia but couldn’t duplicate the same magic during a Week 17 loss against Detroit. What’s he doing now?: Webb never developed into a full-time starting quarterback with the Vikings but has proven his worth as a special-teams contributor and third-stringer in Carolina behind Cam Newton and Derek Anderson.
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9. Stephen McGee
Team: Dallas Year: 2010 Why was he playing?: Replacing an injured Jon Kitna (who was starting for the injured Tony Romo), McGee impressed with a strong Christmas Day showing against Arizona. That led to McGee making his first and what proved only NFL start in Week 17 against Philadelphia. Result: McGee led the Cowboys to victory over the Eagles but failed to cement himself as Romo’s backup in 2011. He was waived during the 2012 preseason. What’s he doing now?: McGee spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons as a backup with Hamilton of the Canadian Football League before retiring from pro football. McGee remains the only quarterback Dallas has drafted since 2009.
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10. Brian Brohm
Team: Buffalo Year: 2010 Why was he playing?: When Ryan Fitzpatrick struggled during pregame warmups because of injury, Brohm was given the second start of his NFL career against the New York Jets. Result: Brohm and the Bills were a disaster in a 38-7 loss. He threw three interceptions without a touchdown in a 10-for-23 outing. What’s he doing now?: Brohm, who didn’t pan out as a 2008 second-round draft pick in Green Bay, reinvented himself in the Canadian Football League. He has spent the past two seasons as a backup for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.