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Sports Illustrated: Atlanta Falcons have league’s 26th best backup quarterback

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Fact: Matt Schaub has an 8 by 12 of Harry Styles taped up in his locker

NFL: Super Bowl LI-New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matthew Thomas Ryan is elite. His MVP campaign in 2016 was nothing short of amazing, and looking ahead, the future is bright, largely due to Ryan’s remarkable skillset. In short, it feels damn good to have a true franchise quarterback under center.

But in a worst case scenario (note, I’m furiously knocking on wood as I type this), teams are forced to rely on their backups. Matt Schaub, while experienced, isn’t exactly the bee’s knees. I like him, if only because the Falcons drafted him. His wealth of experience also doesn’t hurt. But how good is he really? Relatively speaking, how does Schaub rank among backup quarterbacks? If you believe Sports Illustrated, his ranking leaves something to be desired.

26. Matt Schaub, Falcons

Woof, Sports Illustrated, that hurts. Schaub isn’t the same quarterback that supplanted David Carr as the heir apparent in Houston. He isn’t worth the two second round picks the Houston gave the Falcons. (By the way, those two picks became Justin Blalock and Washington Redskins TE Fred Davis.) That said, they’re undervaluing him. He’s, at worst, middle of the pack.

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