3 backup QBs Ravens must add after Tyler Huntley left for Browns

The Ravens should try to secure the best backup possible

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The Baltimore Ravens had their quarterback room set in stone for the last four seasons, as MVP starter Lamar Jackson was supported by a quality stylistic facsimile in backup Tyler Huntley. With the former Utah stud hitting free agency, Baltimore was dealt a fairly surprising blow as Huntley decided to leave.

Huntley not only departed Baltimore, but he signed with one of their biggest rivals in the Cleveland Browns. Huntley now joins a very crowded room including the much-maligned, often-injured Deshaun Watson as the starter and former No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston as the backup.

The Ravens have three quarterbacks on the roster now in Jackson, ageless veteran Josh Johnson, and undrafted rookie Malik Cunningham. It seems like a foregone conclusion that Eric DeCosta will make at least one more addition to this room to get some competition going.

The Ravens need to look to both the available free agent pool and the later rounds of the NFL Draft as they try to replace Huntley and give fans some extra security behind Jackson. Any one of these three backups could replicate what Huntley did if Jackson is unable to go.

3 backup QBs the Baltimore Ravens could add after losing Tyler Huntley

3. Kyle Allen

With Josh Dobbs recently signing a contract with the San Francisco 49ers, an ideal replacement for Huntley has slipped right through Baltimore's grasp. The two best cheap veterans left might be Blaine Gabbert, who backed up Patrick Mahomes last season, and Allen, who was behind Josh Allen.

Allen's arm has never been the question with him, as he can make all the throws while showing enough athleticism to make plays when things start to break down. While he lacks the accuracy needs to be a starter, Allen has earned backup jobs for the last few years based on his ability to make enough plays when needed.

Kyle Allen could become a nice backup for the Baltimore Ravens

While Allen is more turnover-prone than Jackson or Huntley, his mindset might make for a nice fit in a Todd Monken offense that is always looking to take the top off the defense. If the Ravens don't want to draft a quarterback, they'll need to add a veteran quickly.

While the term "elite backup quarterback" may be an oxymoron, the well of backups who are under 30 years old, won't cost a ton to bring in, and can stretch the field isn't very deep. Allen coming to Baltimore helps the Ravens replace Huntley and extends the former top recruit's reputation as a backup quarterback to the stars.