The Baltimore Ravens have made yet another change at quarterback this offseason. This time they have waived Dustin Vaughan and signed Thaddeus Lewis.
We still have not seen Joe Flacco return to the practice field, but the Ravens aren’t done shuffling around their backups quarterbacks. And nope, they haven’t signed Colin Kaepernick, despite the recent protest outside of M&T Bank Stadium.
Today the team announced that they have waived Dustin Vaughan and signed free agent quarterback Thaddeus Lewis.
Vaughan, who the Ravens signed to the practice squad late last season, was shaky in the team’s first preseason game. He finished the night 1 for 1 for 10 yards and was sacked three times. After two series, Vaughan was replaced for Josh Woodrum. Head coach John Harbaugh did not seem to pleased. He was talking to Vaughan shortly after he came off of the field. It was an unimpressive performance to say the least.
The Ravens now bring in Lewis, who has had a journeyman type of career in the NFL. The 29-year old played for eight different teams before joining the Ravens. He has a 2-4 career starting record with five touchdowns and four interceptions. He’s a more experienced backup than Vaughan and brings competition to the position. He’ll likely see some decent game time during the next preseason game.
With the release of Vaughan, the real winner today is Josh Woodrum. He was one of the quiet winners of the Ravens first preseason game.
Despite being unknown to just about every fan, Woodrum came in and impressed. He went 4 for 4 with 85 yards and one touchdown. He was the only quarterback on the night to throw a touchdown and finished with a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3. It was a small sample size, but enough for the Ravens to release Vaughan and promote Woodrum.
With Ryan Mallett’s inconsistent performance last Thursday, he could have increased competition as the preseason goes on. It will be something to watch over the next three games.