The 2022 NFL offseason was defined by quarterback movement, but very few quarterback situations are unresolved on paper going into the preseason.

For now.

There are really only three quarterback battles going on in training camp this year, involving the Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks.

But that doesn't mean the quarterback clarity will last for everyone through Week 18.

Based on recent performance and the team's situation, these quarterbacks might start the season as the starter but are going to have to thrive to hold on to it.


Daniel Jones, New York Giants

When the New York Giants signed Tyrod Taylor this offseason, they made it clear they were signing him to be the backup to Daniel Jones.

Head coach Brian Daboll confirmed that back in April at an NFC coaches' breakfast, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

But even while the new coaching staff and front office have spoken positively about their belief in Jones, their actions haven't necessarily matched their words. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the team made a run at Mitchell Trubisky in free agency before signing Taylor.

The team also declined Jones' fifth-year option, which would have added another year to his contract that would have cost the team nearly $22.4 million for the 2023 season.

Instead, they've made 2022 an audition year for him to prove he can be the quarterback in Daboll's system and for the team moving forward. But the team also appears to be comfortable with Taylor fitting as well.

"He's smart. He's a leader. He's athletic," general manager Joe Schoen said about Taylor, per Raanan. "He can run Dabes' system and [offensive coordinator Mike] Kafka—the stuff they want to do on offense. You don't have to change up your offense if he has to go into the game."

The same statement holds true if they determine Danny Dimes isn't the guy long before Week 18.


Marcus Mariota, Atlanta Falcons

It did not take the Atlanta Falcons long to name Marcus Mariota their starting quarterback. Charles London—the team's quarterback coach—named the former Heisman winner the starter after just one day of training camp, per Josh Kendall of The Athletic.

The decision makes sense. Mariota has experience with head coach Arthur Smith going back to their days with the Tennessee Titans, and the next option is Desmond Ridder.

The Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback was the No. 1-ranked passer on the Bleacher Report big board, but the NFL clearly disagreed with that assessment. He fell to the third round as several teams that could have drafted a quarterback passed on him.

Still, Ridder has already shown the athleticism that makes him an interesting prospect with 59 yards rushing on six carries in his preseason debut along with a game-winning touchdown pass.

Mariota hasn't started a game since 2019 when he lost his job to Ryan Tannehill and signed on to become a backup for the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020. He's thrown a total of 30 passes over the last two seasons.

Maybe he turns out to be the guy to run Smith's offense and bring the Falcons to some level of respectability. If he doesn't, the Falcons are better off playing their young players and seeing what they have.

That could ultimately move the needle in Ridder's direction by the end of the season.