Lamar Jackson Rumors: 5 QB contingency plans for the Ravens
By Ryan Heckman
Friday, the situation between the Baltimore Ravens and star quarterback Lamar Jackson went from bad to worse, and fans should definitely start planning for life without the former MVP.
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler went on the air and told the sports world just where Baltimore stands right now, as it pertains to their quarterback situation. According to Fowler, the Ravens are "looking at basically the full spectrum of quarterbacks in this draft."
He mentioned that the team is in "full contingency mode" at this point in the game, which is not a good sign for Jackson's potential future in Baltimore. With that in mind, just what exactly would those contingency plans look like for the Ravens?
We've got five of them, right here, with some coming via the 2023 NFL Draft and others from still-unsigned free agents.
Ravens quarterback contingency plans for Lamar Jackson: Tanner McKee, Stanford
The first option for Baltimore, which wouldn't require a trade up in the first round, would be to draft Stanford's Tanner McKee in the second round. He's currently projected to go anywhere from the early second to early third, therefore the Ravens might have a shot at him by either trading back from 22 or trading up from 86.
Remember, the Ravens sent their second rounder to Chicago in exchange for Roquan Smith.
McKee is much different than Jackson, meaning that he is a true pocket passer. At 6-foot-6, he has excellent size and can see the field well. this helps with his accuracy and knowing where to place the ball. McKee is one of the better placers of the football in this draft, and doesn't commit a lot of turnover-worthy plays.
That is something, whether fans want to admit it or not, that Jackson struggled with at times. McKee could come in and compete with Tyler Huntley for the starting gig, if not sit for a year and be ready by 2024.