Ravens Backup QB Battle: Trace McSorley shines, Tyler Huntley struggles
By Justin Fried
One of the most intriguing position battles in Baltimore Ravens training camp this summer is the competition for the backup quarterback job between Trace McSorley and Tyler Huntley.
And with Lamar Jackson still sidelined, both quarterbacks have received ample opportunities to make their case.
Originally, it was Huntley who took the slight lead following spring practices. But after Wednesday’s practice, McSorley appears to have soared to the lead once more.
McSorley played excellent football on Wednesday, in spite of a struggling offense. As for Huntley, he’ll probably be looking to forget this practice ever happened.
The Ravens’ backup quarterback battle is heating up.
After a strong day on Tuesday in which McSorley completed 10 of his first 11 throws in 11-on-11 drills, the former Penn State star responded with another standout performance on Wednesday.
McSorley was on target with almost all of his throws and looked the part of a legitimate NFL quarterback.
Rookie wide receiver Rashod Bateman had a big day, due in part to the chemistry he’s developed with McSorley. The same was true for tight end Mark Andrews who also hooked up with McSorley on a number of occasions.
Unfortunately, Tyler Huntley’s day was not as productive.
The former undrafted free agent was picked off three times within an eight-pass span including interceptions on consecutive plays to Marlon Humphrey and DeShon Elliott.
Huntley had trouble seeing the field all day and the defense took full advantage of it. It didn’t help matters that a beat-up offensive line struggled to contain the pass rush as well.
The Ravens have gotten an extended look at McSorley and Huntley with Jackson out, and while it still remains early, it seems as though the former has leapfrogged the latter on the depth chart.
Huntley had a strong spring but has struggled once the pads have come on in training camp. That’s allowed McSorley to establish himself as the clear-cut QB on the roster.
The preseason should be more telling as to which player is really in the lead. But given what we saw on Wednesday, Trace McSorley should have the early advantage.
The Ravens’ backup quarterback battle rages on.