The practice squad was the landing spot for some notable former college quarterbacks on Sunday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport are reporting that Georgia’s Aaron Murray, Southern California’s Matt Barkley and Stanford’s Kevin Hogan have been signed to various practice squads.
Murray was cut from Kansas City Chiefs and signed with the Arizona Cardinals. Barkley was cut from the Cardinals and signed with the Chicago Bears. Hogan was cut from the Chiefs and signed with the Cleveland Browns.
All had at least some success in college. Murray was the most productive, coming within a few seconds of an SEC championship in 2012 and potentially a national championship. When he entered the draft in 2013, NBC’s Tony Dungy said he was the best quarterback that year.
Barkley fought through sanctions at USC that limited recruiting and threw more than 35 touchdowns passes in both his junior and senior seasons.
Hogan recovered from a bad outing to open last season in a loss at Northwestern. He then proceeded to throw 27 touchdown passes, with only 8 interceptions, and led Stanford to a Rose Bowl victory.
These players are examples of how tough the transition from college to the NFL is for a quarterback. Passing lanes close faster, and quarterbacks have process a lot of information at warp speed. It has become common for Heisman Trophy winners to flame out in the NFL.
Fortunately for these players, they will get a chance for everything to slow down as members of the practice squad as they grab a hold of the NFL game. Quality quarterbacks are always a commodity in the NFL, so the dream remains alive for Murray, Barkley and Hogan.