That’s where Charlie Batch will have to be to earn the backup quarterback position. The line is drawn at Dennis Dixon. Batch must outperform the younger, more athletic player to prolong his NFL career a few more weeks.
A second round selection and former starter for the Detroit Lions, Charlie Batch has already had a nice NFL career. Anyone remember the 1998 Thanksgiving game? Phil Luckett? The “heads no tails” call of Jerome Bettis? You better believe Charlie Batch does. It was his rookie season and the Lions won on that day. But can Batch get above the Dennis Dixon line? I have my doubts.
In any case, Batch looks like a lock to make the roster even if it’s as the 3rd QB. And one wonders if the Steelers will free up a roster spot by placing Byron Leftwich on IR? If not, Batch may only have a job for half a season as he’ll be pushed off the end of the bench if Leftwich is able to return – roster spots are valuable.