3. No "established starters" on Saturday. Will the Eagles help settle any training camp battle?
John Harbaugh made it clear following Thursday's practice: don't expect "established starters" to take to the M&T Bank field next Saturday when the Ravens host the Eagles in their preseason opener.
Just a few days ago, ahead of the first matchup of the summer, Baltimore released their first depth chart for the 2023 season. There are many battles and roles still up for grabs through the training camp, but most of them won't be settled after just one game.
However, the games against the Eagles will mark the first step towards deciding who's who in this offense and defense. Most prominently, with Lamar Jackson not expected to play a single snap, the reserve-quarterback battle is the one that will start to slowly but surely clarify itself early.
In the Ravens' depth chart, Tyler Huntley sat as the team's QB2 and main backup to Lamar. Josh Johnson was relegated to the third string in it, but he actually had his best practice of training camp on Thursday, according to reports.
Kris Rhim of The Baltimore Banner wrote that Johnson "might have had his best day of practice." He noted that Johnson has been "turnover prone" throughout the first three weeks of camp, but the beat reporter stated that on Thursday, he was "decisive."
"Johnson’s passes came out with velocity and, most importantly, he had no turnovers," Rhim reported. "Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Johnson’s day was that many of his reps came against the first-team defense," he added.
Kyle Barber of Baltimore Beatdown also touched on the quarterback competition in his Thursday report.
Barber wrote that both Josh Johnson and Tyler Huntley "[took] second-team reps," while both "have made excellent throws and costly decisions." It's a tossup, folks.
Coach Harbaugh himself discussed the quarterback room after Thursday's practice when asked about it by Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic.
Zrebiec asked Harbaugh if the preseason will help decide who's the No. 2 quarterback, to which the head coach responded "Absolutely."
Harbaugh explained: "I think the games will go a long way of deciding that pecking order there. I would say this, all of those guys have shown that they're capable of being that guy. All of the three quarterbacks after Lamar [Jackson] have proven that they are capable of being the backup quarterback here and doing a great job. Now, we just have to see who separates."
Quarterbacks Coach Tee Martin also spoke on Thursday, making it clear that the franchise has not settled on a backup QB yet. "We're still not there yet in terms of deciding on who will be [No.] 2; that will continue on throughout camp."
Martin also said "It's been a healthy competition with three guys behind Lamar [Jackson] – with Anthony [Brown], Josh [Johnson] and 'Snoop' [Tyler Huntley]." He added that all four QBs are "having good days," and that "it's good to say we have four guys who are competing and playing at a high level."