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Ravens: Where McSorley stands after RGIII released

The Baltimore Ravens released veteran quarterback Robert Griffin III, their backup, on Monday. That leaves the team with starter Lamar Jackson, former Penn State standout Trace McSorley and former Utah standout Tyler Huntley as the only quarterbacks on the roster.

The team could go out and find a more proven quarterback to back up Jackson next season, but the expectation seems to be that the Ravens will enter the season with what they already have.

McSorley was ahead of Huntley on the depth chart this season, so one could assume the former Nittany Lion will be the Ravens’ No. 2 QB for 2021. But would that assumption be accurate?

Huntley went undrafted and was a rookie this season for Baltimore. He appeared in three games and completed 9-of-18 passes for 75 yards. The bulk of that came in Baltimore’s playoff loss to the Bills after Jackson got injured — Griffin was out with a hamstring injury — as Huntley came on and completed 6-of-13 passes for 60 yards.

McSorley was not available for the playoffs after suffering a knee injury late in the season against Cleveland and going on injured reserve.

McSorley appeared in two games this season, completing 3-of-10 passes for 90 yards, including a 70-yard TD, his first in the NFL.

McSorley was a sixth-round draft pick of the Ravens in 2019, so the team at least liked him enough to spend a draft pick. He’s also played well in some long stretches for Baltimore during preseason games over two years, giving the coaching staff opportunities to evaluate him.

If the Ravens don’t sign another quarterback, McSorley likely will have to compete with Huntley for the backup job in camp next season.

But at the very least, one would think McSorley would have a leg up at the beginning of the competition, since he’s been around longer and has seen more game action, albeit primarily in preseason games.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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  1. Big K

    January 20, 2021 at 9:48 am

    Huntley should be the #2. He looked infinitely better in the playoff loss than Trace looked during his time during live competition. My guess is Trace will be cut during the offseason. Doing a deep dive into his single TD pass shows he isn’t an NFL QB physically or mentally. Mentally, the throw was a mistake. He misread the coverage. Had he had armstrength and precision to make the throw, it would have been an interception. Lucky for him the ball was 5 yards underthrown and the trailing DB didn’t see it allowing the receiver to make a great play.

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