Ravens: 4 most surprising roster moves on cut day

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3. The Ravens cutting Trace McSorley

It’s official: the Ravens head into the 2021 season with Lamar Jackson and Tyler Huntley as their quarterbacks on the roster.

Baltimore would reportedly like to get Trace McSorley on the practice squad if he goes unclaimed on waivers, but the 2019 sixth-rounder is off the team for the foreseeable future.

The Ravens carried three quarterbacks last year, but it looks like they’re only going with two this time around.

The backup quarterback competition between McSorley and Huntley continued well into the Ravens’ preseason games, where it ended rather abruptly against Washington.

Huntley threw for four touchdowns to earn an overall rating of 138.3. McSorley, on the other hand, didn’t play that game, having suffered from “back spasms” and struggled to make an impression at all.

So maybe it’s not a huge surprise that Baltimore cut the Penn State product. Huntley has been regarded as the better stylistic fit in the Ravens’ offensive scheme and seemed to always be a nose ahead of McSorley in the competition.

But you could certainly provide a case for keeping McSorley as a third-string quarterback, anyway. Last season, McSorley was thrust into the spotlight after then-quarterback Robert Griffin III had to leave the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 12.

McSorley threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Brown in the fourth quarter to make it a close game, proving he could be a reliable plug-and-play backup.

McSorley has helped sustained offensive drives when the Ravens needed him the most, but it seems like the Ravens don’t need him anymore.