QB Charlie Whitehurst - Free Agent
|6-4, 215||Born: 8-6-1982||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2006|
2016 Week 5 vs NE (14 / 24 / 182 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Whitehurst was pressed into duty after Cody Kessler was lost for the game. The veteran backup showed some signs of rust, missing several receivers high. He was also forced from the pocket on several drop backs as the Patriots really came after him. It didn't help Whitehurst much that New England neutralized the Browns' ground game. Whitehurst's lone touchdown pass was a pretty throw to rookie Connor Hamlett. He put just enough air under the ball to allow the tight end to use his frame to make the play. Whitehurst injured his knee toward the end of the game, but he did return to take the final kneel down for the Browns. Whitehurst mentioned after the game that he has a knee sprain.
2015 Week 14 vs JAX (2 / 8 / 8 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
If Matt Hasselbeck's injury is serious Charlie Whitehurst will be forced to start against the Texans on Sunday. He replaced Hasselbeck for the majority of the fourth quarter on Sunday, the second consecutive game he's finished for Indianapolis. He was spectacularly awful in both opportunities, however, and holds no fantasy value.
2015 Week 16 vs MIA (9 / 14 / 78 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
The former Charger, Seahawk and Titan has been an emergency quarterback, but an emergency occurred on Sunday when Matt Hasselbeck went out with a shoulder injury. "Clipboard Jesus" had to fill in for Hasselbeck, but didn't fare any better, as the offense struggled to put drives together as they have for the last five weeks. Whitehurst did manage to convert a few key third downs, enough for Indianapolis to hold Miami at bay, but overall the team's offensive output suffered. But, the Colts placed Whitehurst on the injured reserve list on Monday due to a hamstring injury late in Sunday's game, further placing their quarterback situation in doubt.
2014 Week 4 vs IND (12 / 23 / 177 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 40 / 0 rush)
Whitehurst was starting for the injured Jake Locker. He made a very good start to the game, but his receivers repeatedly let him down by not making plays on the ball. Whitehurst struggled somewhat in the pocket and with his accuracy through the game as a whole, but for the most part he proved to be an adequate replacement for Locker. He would have been aided by better play calling as the Titans continue to neglect their running game.
2014 Week 5 vs CLE (13 / 21 / 194 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Unsurprisingly, the Titans didn't focus on the run when Whitehurst came in to replace Locker. They appear to be focused on throwing the ball a lot regardless of who is under center. Whitehurst repaid that fate in him with a quick touchdown pass to Kendall Wright. The throw wasn't perfect, but Wright was wide open in the back of the end zone and made a good adjustment on the ball when Whitehurst lofted it over the underneath coverage. Whitehurst's first two completions in this game went for touchdowns. To start his next drive, the veteran quarterback found a wide open Justin Hunter down the field for a huge touchdown reception. That was his final throw of the first half, but he started the second half with a similar pass. Whitehurst found Nate Washington down the sideline for what should have been a huge play, but Washington couldn't complete the catch. That was Whitehurst's best play of the second half as he was never able to sustain drives. He wasn't helped by the coaching staff on the sideline, who neglected the run and made it easy for the defense to work against an unbalanced offense.
2014 Week 6 vs JAX (17 / 28 / 233 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
With quarterbacks, we typically say a quarterback is ruining an offense when he throws interceptions. Whitehurst wasn't throwing interceptions early on in this game, but he was definitely ruining the offense. His play from the pocket was awful as he appeared to be unaware and gun-shy whenever the slightest bit of pressure was felt. Whitehurst primarily relied on checking the ball down before the pass rush ever had a chance to get to him, but that often neutralized the routes his receivers were running down the field.
2014 Week 7 vs WAS (17 / 26 / 160 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Charlie Whitehurst simply isn't a starting caliber quarterback. That has become more apparent every week that he has played. He missed receivers on a regular basis and made poor decisions from the pocket before throwing his only interception of the game to Bashaud Breeland in the second quarter. Breeland was five yards behind Delanie Walker, Whitehurst's intended receiver, but the ball never went near Walker and went straight to the defensive back. Whitehurst threw two touchdown passes, but he left many more plays on the field.
2014 Week 15 vs NYJ (10 / 24 / 203 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Whitehurst came in for Locker in the second quarter and should have been intercepted immediately. He threw the ball behind a shallow crossing route and straight to Jets linebacker David Harris. Harris couldn't make a simple catch though. Whitehurst settled down after that play, providing the offense with some stability with his play from the pocket. However, the veteran quarterback consistently struggled to find his receivers by showing off poor accuracy.
2014 Week 16 vs JAX (24 / 35 / 287 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 12 / 0 rush)
The game itself may not have been the Super Bowl, but Charlie Whitehurst came out with an intensity that suggested it meant a lot to him. Whitehurst was accurate and decisive on his opening drive, leading the Titans into the Jaguars end zone. That was Whitehurst's best drive of the day, as the offense stalled behind his accuracy. Most significantly, in the fourth quarter, Whitehurst pushed a pass too wide for Kris Durham on a fourth down play and just overthrew Delanie Walker when he was wide open in the end zone. Fittingly, the game ended with Whitehurst scrambling because he didn't have the arm strength to throw a hail mary before he was sacked on the final play of the game.
2014 Week 17 vs IND (12 / 28 / 72 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 19 / 0 rush)
Whitehurst began this game frenetically. He missed Delanie Walker open in the flat before overthrowing Kendall Wright when he was open deep down the middle of the field. Whitehurst's struggles continued through the first half, but a long return from Leon Washington and a good run from Shonn Greene set the offense up in the redzone. From there, Whitehurst executed an easy play for Kendall Wright on a slant route that went into the end zone. On the following drive, Whitehurst was lucky to not be intercepted deep in Titans territory. He focused on a deep crossing route and led the safety to the football, but the safety never took his eyes off the receiver so the ball fluttered past both players to fall incomplete. This was another game that highlighted Whitehurst's overall limitations but also his reliability and ability to execute an NFL offense without being a major liability.
2011 Week 5 vs NYG (11 / 19 / 149 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Charlie Whitehurst replaced an injured Jackson roughly halfway through the game and they just about split production as a result. Like Jackson, Whitehurst was also seen getting hit in the pocket and scrambling away from pressure but able to find wide open receivers when he could look downfield. The Seahawks don't have many true weapons but unknown players were having big days against a Giants secondary that can't cover well at all. Whitehurst lead a very important touchdown drive for the Seahawks late that resulted in a truly bizarre touchdown. Whitehurst caught a NYG DE offside and found a wide open WR Baldwin deep downfield as the NYG defense foolishly stopped playing after the flag had been thrown. The SEA defense did the rest and scored on a pick 6 which took some pressure off Whitehurst to score again. Whitehurst looked good on Sunday but it is unlikely to last unless this was the moment of emerging big time talent such in Seattle as WR Baldwin.
2011 Week 7 vs CLE (12 / 30 / 97 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Whitehurst struggled all day with his accuracy, and made a number of poor decisions en route to a terrible day for the Seahawks interim starting QB. The Seahawks came out of the gate running a hurry up offense; however, two false start penalties and a sack on the opening drive made a pretty good case for huddling up. Whitehurst made a number of inaccurate throws. In most cases, they were not bad enough to hurt the team, but he was unable to sustain any drives as a result. Early on, he went long to Obomanu, who had a clear step on his man, but underthrew and was nearly intercepted. Another drive-killer: Whitehurst on a rollout play, chose to throw to the triple covered deep man instead of the underneath target who was clearly a step ahead of his coverage. Unable to properly get the ball in the hands of his wideouts, he became over-reliant on his tight ends, but the irony is that Zach Miller, who is actually a receiving threat, was out this week. In the second half, Whitehurst wisely made more of an effort to get the ball in Sidney Rice's hands, but the two couldn't quite connect. His interception was the result of a long sideline toss to Rice, that he could have gotten if it had been thrown to the inside shoulder. In Whitehurst's defense, the running game was no help at all, and Marshawn Lynch was a surprise scratch at the beginning of the game, which meant the Browns were able to focus on shutting down the passing game right from the start.
2011 Week 8 vs CIN (4 / 7 / 52 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
The plan was for Whitehurst to come in so that the Seahawks could rest Tarvaris Jackson a bit longer and allow his pectoral muscle to heal. That didn't work out as Whitehurst looked flustered and confused through a quarter and a half. The offense could not get going and the Bengals defensive front was harassing Whitehurst on almost every snap.
2010 Week 9 vs NYG (12 / 23 / 113 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Well, the first thing you notice with Whitehurst, when he takes his helmet off, is that he bears a striking resemblance to Jesus. But he was far from the Seahawks saviour against the Giants. Whitehurst showed great poise throughout the game, which bodes well for him long term, but he also showed inconsistent accuracy and throwing power. Add to that a corps of extremely uneven receivers, and a defense that couldn't stop Eli Manning's grandmother, and you have a recipe for disaster. After some growing pains, around halfway through the second quarterWhitehurst finally eclipsed the double-digits barrier in yardage. Yes, it was that bad. On the "bright" side: He was robbed of a sure TD pass when Mike Williams bobbled his perfect throw at the goal line; and he sailed a long pass to Ben Obomanu, who was wide open near the end zone, for the only score of the day late in the game. But with the score already 41-0 at that point, it was a rather insignificant achievement.
2010 Week 10 vs ARI (4 / 6 / 53 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / -4 / 0 rush)
Whitehurst started the second half, and the main thing that we learned is that yes, Hasselbeck was playing well, and it wasn't a simple case of the Cardinals defense making him look good. Whitehurst showed very little patience, making two short completions before throwing an ugly interception. He did better on his second drive, making decisive throws, and actually threw the ball away he couldn't find a receiver. Hasselbeck came back into the game after the second drive stalled, however.
2010 Week 15 vs ATL (8 / 16 / 83 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 10 / 1 rush)
Whitehurst gave this offense somewhat of a jolt, although as he was replacing the hapless Hasselbeck this needs to be taken into perspective. Regardless, Whitehurst deserves to be the starter and showed some of the things he can do. Whitehurst is very mobile for a QB and scrambled at the right times. He took off at the goal line for his only touchdown up the middle on a 4th and 4 call. He also threw a terrific fade pass to Obomanu in the endzone for the 2pt conversion. Whitehurst did play mostly in garbage time as the game had been decided, but he outplayed Hasselbeck nonetheless.
2010 Week 16 vs TB (11 / 18 / 66 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
Whitehurst was simply awful. It was a windy day, but that doesn't excuse how far off the mark he was with the majority of his passes. He entered the game in the first quarter, after starter Matt Hasselbeck left due to injury, and on his first play, threw a quick hitch to Ben Obomanu that was completely uncatchable. Shortly after, he tried to hit him again on a short hook, but with a similarly wild throw under pressure. When Whitehurst finally manages an on-target throw, his receiver slips trying to get to it. In a case of far too little, far too late, Whitehurst led one good scoring drive late in the game, which included a long 4th down conversion, a pass over the middle to John Carlson. During that drive, Whitehurst threw quickly, decisively, and accurately. But it was the only time in the whole game that he managed to do so, and it must be noted that the Bucs were playing a prevent defense. And aside from a couple of 10-15 yarders over the middle, he really didn't force the ball downfield at all.
2010 Week 17 vs STL (22 / 36 / 192 / 1 / 0 pass, 8 / 30 / 0 rush)
For a player who was making his 2nd career start and in a high-pressured game to boot, Whitehurst played poised and under control all night. On the game's opening drive he found Ruvell Martin on blown coverage for a big 61 yard gain. A few plays later he scrambled to the right and threw across his body to find Big Mike Williams in the left corner of the end zone on a well designed play. Throughout the game he showed good pocket presence and eluded defenders moving out of the pocket when needed. Overall the game plan looked simple as he completed mostly short passes. Because of this, Whitehurst played within himself and led to his team to a huge win in the process.
2006 Week 2 vs TEN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 14 / 1 rush)
Whitehurst scored on a bootleg, the only play of the game for him that didn't involve handing off to Michael Turner. On the score, the defense was preoccupied with Turner (who had just busted a 73 yard run), and Whitehurst waltzed in untouched.
2006 Week 6 vs SF (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
When the Chargers took over on downs with 31 seconds left in the game, leading 48 to 19, the rookie was sent into the game to take a knee.