Trio of Utah quarterbacks aiming to earn a roster spot at NFL rookie mini



The situation: Keeton’s pro prospects have taken a big hit from injuries in the past few years. At one point, Keeton’s pro stock was on the rise, as he had 3,373 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions (with a 67.6 percent completion rate) to go along with 618 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in his lone college season not marred by injury in 2012. Keeton then had 18 touchdown passes to just two interceptions in six games in 2013, but an ACL and MCL tear in his left knee against BYU ended his year.

Olsen does has some added advantage in his fight to earn a free agent contract. He worked with former NFL MVP Kurt Warner through QB Elite, a quarterback and wide receiver development program founded in 2009 by first year BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer and Dustin Smith. The knowledge passed on by Warner could give him an edge in preparing for the pros. He’ll need to outshine Frohnapfel this weekend and hope that his performance is good enough for a contract, then see what develops in training camp if he makes it that far.

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will be competing with another rookie quarterback at mini camp. The team signed Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson to a free agent contract, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer (the team has yet to announce any official undrafted free agent signings) but didn’t draft a quarterback. Johnson had a standout career at Bowling Green and threw for 4,946 yards and 46 touchdowns in 2015 both second best in the country in the Falcons’ pass heavy offense. Pro Football Focus called him the “best developmental quarterback” in this year’s draft class.

Dalton, who had his best pro season in 2015, sits atop the depth chart at quarterback for the Bengals. He’s started every game he’s played for Cincinnati since it drafted him in the second round in 2011. McCarron was a fifth round selection by the Bengals in the 2014 draft and started four games one in the postseaon in relief of Dalton, who suffered a fractured thumb in December. Wenning, headed into his second NFL season, served as backup to McCarron when Dalton went down last year, but he never played a down.

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