NFL Starting Quarterbacks for the 2023 NFL Season

Who are the 32 NFL starting quarterbacks, and which teams are still looking for their QB as they look ahead to 2023?

Below is the list of the starting quarterbacks for all 32 NFL teams. The starting options listed below are based on what we know about the current situations for each team.

Note that the current list of starting QBs is accurate as of the 2023 NFL Divisional Round. 

NFL Starting Quarterbacks in 2023 | AFC

Quarterbacks marked with an asterisk are still in the NFL playoffs.

  • Baltimore Ravens
    Lamar Jackson*
  • Buffalo Bills
    Josh Allen*
  • Cincinnati Bengals
    Joe Burrow
  • Cleveland Browns
    Deshaun Watson
  • Denver Broncos
    Jarrett Stidham
    (Russell Wilson Benched)
  • Houston Texans
    C.J. Stroud*
  • Indianapolis Colts
    Anthony Richardson
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
    Trevor Lawrence
  • Kansas City Chiefs
    Patrick Mahomes*
  • Las Vegas Raiders
    Aidan O’Connell
  • Los Angeles Chargers
    Justin Herbert
  • Miami Dolphins
    Tua Tagovailoa
  • New England Patriots
    Bailey Zappe
    (Mac Jones Benched)
  • New York Jets
    Aaron Rodgers
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
    Mason Rudolph/Kenny Pickett
  • Tennessee Titans
    Will Levis

NFL Starting Quarterbacks in 2023 | NFC

  • Atlanta Falcons
    Desmond Ridder
  • Arizona Cardinals
    Kyler Murray
  • Carolina Panthers
    Bryce Young
  • Chicago Bears
    Justin Fields
  • Dallas Cowboys
    Dak Prescott
  • Detroit Lions
    Jared Goff*
  • Green Bay Packers
    Jordan Love*
  • Los Angeles Rams
    Matthew Stafford
  • Minnesota Vikings
    Kirk Cousins
  • New Orleans Saints
    Derek Carr
  • New York Giants
    Daniel Jones
  • Philadelphia Eagles
    Jalen Hurts
  • San Francisco 49ers
    Brock Purdy*
  • Seattle Seahawks
    Geno Smith
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Baker Mayfield*
  • Washington Commanders
    Sam Howell

Which Teams Drafted a QB in the 2023 NFL Draft?

The first team to draft their future starter was the Carolina Panthers. They took former Alabama Crimson Tide QB Bryce Young. Young will slot in to start from day one after going first overall, but he will have veteran Andy Dalton around to coach him. Dalton was signed by the Panthers during the offseason after becoming a free agent.

Young has long been considered the star of this year’s draft despite some concerns surrounding his height and weight. Now, the Panthers will need to continue to surround their young signal caller with the weapons he will need to succeed.

With the second overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans selected former Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud. Stroud will now slot in as the starter, with very little competition behind him except for Davis Mills.

Not long after Stroud was selected, the Indianapolis Colts surprised many by selecting Anthony Richardson to be their future starter. Ahead of the second week of the preseason, Colts head coach Shane Steichen announced that Richardson would be the starter for the start of the year.

After a long slide out of the first round, QB Will Levis was selected by Tennessee to be the next starter for the Titans. Tannehill is still QB1 this upcoming season while Levis spends the year learning behind the veteran. He is currently competing with Malik Willis for the QB2 spot.

The last QB of note is Hendon Hooker, who was drafted in the third round by the Detroit Lions. Hooker is coming off of an ACL injury and will likely play backup to Jared Goff this season.

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