Ravens: 4 players who clinched a roster spot on Saturday

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1. Tyler Huntley, QB, Ravens

One of the more intriguing roster battles this summer was always going to be the competition for the backup quarterback job between Trace McSorley and Tyler Huntley.

Both players played sparingly in 2020 and were virtually neck-and-neck heading into the summer. But after Saturday’s game, an obvious frontrunner has emerged.

McSorley played the entire first half with Jackson sitting out, and he struggled to move the ball effectively. He didn’t receive much help from his offensive line, but McSorley looked overwhelmed and inconsistent.

Momentum shifted a little when Huntley came into the game as the Utah product finished 12-of-16 for 79 yards and added a team-leading 43 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Huntley orchestrated the team’s only touchdown drive of the game and was clearly the more effective player. He was already the favorite to win the backup QB job following the game.

That was before an injury update was provided for McSorley which indicated that he would miss the remainder of the preseason with a back injury.

McSorley played through the injury on Saturday and it clearly hindered his performance. Now, it seems unlikely that he will be able to secure the backup job.

That means that Huntley, who spent much of his rookie season on the practice squad, is in line to be the team’s backup quarterback come Week 1.

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Barring any unforeseen future developments, it’s likely that Huntley won the backup QB job on Saturday.