Sports Illustrated Ranks Jake Browning as NFL's Best Backup Quarterback

Cincinnati is in safe hands at that spot.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jake Browning (6) throws a pass in the first quarter of the NFL game between Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Jake Browning (6) throws a pass in the first quarter of the NFL game between Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024. / Albert Cesare/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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CINCINNATI — The Bengals have the best backup quarterback in the NFL according to Sports Illustrated's Gilberto Manzano.

Jake Browning took the top spot among all backups.

"Many assumed Cincinnati would falter from the playoff race after Joe Burrow sustained a season-ending wrist injury with seven games left on the schedule," Manzano wrote. "But the Bengals remained in playoff contention through Week 18 because of Browning’s sensational performances, including a three-game winning streak. He didn’t just keep the team afloat, he elevated the offense by averaging 276.5 passing yards and completing 70.37% of his passes in his seven starts. He outdueled Trevor Lawrence on Monday Night Football with 354 passing yards and one touchdown."

Browning was a steadying force throughout the back half of the season and cemented a role in Cincinnati.

His 60.1 ESPN QBR last season would've ranked among the NFL's top-12 marks throughout the full 2023 slate.

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