Ravens Post-2021 NFL Draft State of the Roster: Quarterbacks
The Baltimore Ravens made quite a few additions to a variety of positions this offseason, but they opted to stick with their internal options at the quarterback position.
Following the release of veteran Robert Griffin III, who had served as the team’s backup quarterback for the last three seasons, the Ravens made it clear that they weren’t targeting a veteran to back up Lamar Jackson.
Instead, they would be relying on the young duo of Trace McSorley and Tyler Huntley to compete for the backup job this summer.
As it stands, the Ravens currently have four quarterbacks on their roster. The three players listed above and undrafted rookie Kenji Bahar.
How does the Ravens’ quarterback depth chart look following the 2021 NFL Draft? Let’s take a look.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback depth chart
QB1: Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson enters camp as the unquestioned starter looking to put together a strong 2021 campaign after a bit of a down year last season, at least compared to his MVP season the year prior.
Jackson remains one of the most dynamic and electric quarterbacks in the NFL and topped 1,000 yards on the ground for the second consecutive year last season.
The hope is that with a revamped wide receiver corps and offensive line (even with the departure of Orlando Brown Jr.) that Jackson could fulfill his potential in the passing game.
Lamar Jackson is the offense. He is the Ravens. He needs no introduction.
QB2: Trace McSorley
The title of “QB2” is a temporary one and it’s a moniker that will have to be earned this summer. Trace McSorley has shown flashes since being a sixth-round pick back in the 2019 NFL Draft.
While he only received a single offensive snap in his rookie season, McSorley got a taste of regular-season action in 2020 entering the infamous Week 12 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers following an injury to Robert Griffin III.
McSorley completed just two of six attempts, but did find Marquise Brown for a thrilling 70-yard touchdown to mark his first career NFL score. He later saw action in Week 14 as well, but exited early after injuring his knee.
The former Penn State star will have to fend off Tyler Huntley for the No. 2 quarterback job and isn’t guaranteed a roster spot if he loses.
QB3: Tyler Huntley
Tyler Huntley will be McSorley’s primary competition for the backup quarterback job and he too impressed in limited playing time last season.
An undrafted free agent out of Utah, Huntley spent much of the year on the team’s practice squad, but saw some playing time late in the year.
The 23-year-old played in a pair of games during the regular season completing 3-of-5 passes for 15 yards while also rushing for 23 yards on 10 attempts.
Huntley received his most extended playing time when he played the entire fourth quarter of the Divisional Round game in the postseason against the Buffalo Bills when Jackson was ruled out with a concussion.
Like McSorley, Huntley won’t be guaranteed a roster spot as it’s unclear if Baltimore will carry two or three quarterbacks on their active roster.
QB4: Kenji Bahar
Kenji Bahar was one of nine undrafted free agents the Ravens signed following the 2021 NFL Draft, but he likely has the smallest chance of making the team out of any of them, aside from the two who have already been released.
The former Monmouth quarterback was likely brought in just to be a camp arm and doesn’t pose a real threat to either McSorley or Huntley.
His best bet would be to impress enough that he earns a spot on the practice squad.
Although that seems unlikely if the Ravens only carry two quarterbacks with the “loser” of the backup QB battle likely ending up there instead.