National outlet seems to have very little faith in Lions’ backup quarterback Hendon Hooker in their latest ranking

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We’re so used to seeing so many different starting quarterback rankings that it was really refreshing to see Fan Duel do a backup quarterback ranking recently. They ranked all 32 prospective backup quarterbacks in the league and they don’t seem to have much faith in Detroit Lions’ backup Hendon Hooker in this one. Here’s the ranking:

  1. Justin Fields, Steelers
  2. Jake Browning, Bengals
  3. Jacoby Brissett, Patriots
  4. Jimmy Garoppolo, Rams 
  5. Joe Flacco, Colts
  6. Michael Penix Jr, Falcons
  7. Jameis Winston, Browns
  8. J.J. McCarthy, Vikings
  9. Sam Howell, Seahawks
  10. Tyrod Taylor, Jets
  11. Andy Dalton, Panthers
  12. Mac Jones, Jagaurs
  13. Cooper Rush, Cowboys
  14. Joshua Dobbs, 49ers
  15. Drew Lock, Drew Lock
  16. Mason Rudolph, Titans
  17. Marcus Mariota, Commanders
  18. Zach Wilson, Broncos
  19. Desmond Ridder, Cardinals
  20. Carson Wentz, Chiefs
  21. Aidan O’Connell, Raiders 
  22. Davis Mills, Texans
  23. Kenny Pickett, Eagles
  24. Mitchell Trubisky, Bills
  25. Tyson Bagent, Bears
  26. Josh Johnson, Ravens
  27. Hendon Hooker, Lions
  28. Mike White, Dolphins
  29. Easton Stick, Chargers,
  30. Kyle Trask, Bucs
  31. Sean Clifford, Packers
  32. Jake Haener, Saints 

As you can see, Hooker is all the way down near the bottom of the league. The argument could be made that we haven’t seen Hooker play yet and that’s a fair one. Hooker just wrapped up his first spring in the NFL and is approaching his first training camp and preseason. We’ll soon get to see what he looks like on the field in an NFL game in about five weeks.

So far Hooker has had a hot and cold spring. There were moments where he showed off that arm of his and then there were moments where he threw pick sixes or held onto the ball too long and wound up ruining a play with a check down that went for little yardage. He still has a lot to work through. 

It’s fair to note to that he isn’t the only guy on the list that’s never played an NFL game. Pennix and McCarthy haven’t played a game yet either. They’re both rookies, but Hooker technically is too. 

We’ll see how things go very soon. Hooker will probably get most of the snaps in the Lions three preseason games being that he is expected to be QB2 when the season starts and the Lions traditionally don’t like to play their starters. Maybe FanDuel will be changing their rankings in a good way after that. 

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