The pros and cons of Ravens keeping Trace McSorley
By Darin McCann
It’s a tough business, this professional football.
As much as it makes sense for the Ravens to keep three mobile quarterbacks on their roster, and as much as you’re told that quarterback is truly the only position that matters in the NFL, there are indeed other position groups that require attention.
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Cornerback Tavon Young’s recent injury adds the potential for the team to hold on to one extra corner, since no one player can do everything he does on the inside. Does the team cut bait with Kenneth Dixon this year, after the arrivals of Mark Ingram and Justice Hill? Does Jaleel Scott get cut so the team can keep three quarterbacks? An offensive lineman? Does a team already facing question marks at outside linebacker let go of one option for a quarterback who has completed less than half his passes in the first two preseason games, with a rating of 47.2?
It’s hard to justify keeping McSorley on the roster for plenty of reasons, and only part of that is his performance during these two preseason games. It’s a number’s game, and it is easy to convince me that keeping Dixon or Scott or Iman Marshall or Bradley Bozeman is more conducive to winning this year than Trace McSorley, who one might consider more of a luxury.
Plus, it isn’t like McSorley went in the first round. He went in the sixth. If the Ravens tried to stash him on the practice squad, it’s pretty unlikely that other teams will pounce. Just put him there, have him run the scout team every week in practice and let him learn more about the game this year without stealing a valuable spot. We can re-visit this entire conversation again next year, right?