3 Baltimore Ravens whose stock is way up after Steelers game

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Dec 2, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Trace McSorley (7) gestures as he enters the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

1. Trace McSorley:

Trace McSorley provided the only real spark of the passing game with his touchdown pass to Marquise Brown. The throw was perfect, and it sure looked better than anything Robert Griffin III did with his arm. There was a lot of talk before the Steelers game that the former Penn State star should be Lamar Jackson‘s backup, not Griffin III. With Griffin III going on the injured reserve, the fans calling for McSorley to be the main understudy to the 2019 NFL MVP get what they wanted.

McSorley had 46 starts at Penn State and sparked some big wins in the process. He doesn’t have a cannon arm, and he doesn’t have the measurables you typically look for. What he is, is a super athletic quarterback who throws a pretty pass, that is completely a work in progress. There is a reason he was a sixth-round pick and there is a reason the Ravens have always liked him. Both points are valid at the same time.

There was a clear difference between Griffin III, the incumbent backup, and McSorley. When McSorley came into the game he had a bit more of a youthful pep in his step. He looked less labored and moved much more smoothly. Griffin III looked like a shadow of what he once was. The game was inevitably going to be ugly, yet it was the worst-case scenario for Griffin III. Most fans left the game thinking that there is no way that he’s the number two guy moving forward.

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McSorley was two for six passing for 77 yards and a touchdown. It wasn’t smooth and he really just had one major highlight throw. In fact, he had some awful looking plays, including a one-hopper on a short route. The thing is though, that Griffin III looked awful as a passer. The fact that there was a noticeable difference between Griffin III and McSorley says a lot about how the Ravens can move forward.