Ravens setting up crazy four-way backup QB battle with latest signing

The Ravens still have an unclear quarterback plan.
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While Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has been adamant about Josh Johnson being the No. 2 quarterback behind reigning league MVP Lamar Jackson, the selection of Devin Leary in the sixth round and the continued presence of Malik Cunningham could set up a wild training camp competition.

As if having three quarterbacks fighting to fill the backup role that was left vacant by Tyler Huntley joining the Cleveland Browns wasn't enough, the Ravens have officially added a fourth player to the mix. Like the rest of Baltimore's quarterbacks, mobility and playmaking are his selling points.

After a tryout with the team at rookie minicamp, the Ravens signed former top recruit Emory Jones. While he had a disappointing college career, he was still able to flash NFL-ready athletic ability no matter which school he attended. The Ravens seem to believe in what his talent could offer in the right situation.

The Ravens will now conduct a four-way quarterback battle. Johnson may be in pole position, but given his age and the potential some of these young studs have, would it surprise anyone if the Ravens ended up swapping him out for a player who has superior arm talent?

Baltimore Ravens have four-way QB battle after Emory Jones signing

Jones has the unique distinction of losing a starting job at three schools (Florida, Arizona State, Cincinnati). Why did the Ravens sign him? Because even at his worst, the 6-3, 212-pound Jones has a very strong arm and some well-above-average playmaking out of structure. His accuracy in the pocket on some admittedly bad offenses kept him from starring.

Jones' main competition for a likely practice squad role will be with Cunningham, who the Ravens have discussed converting to wide receiver. Cunningham has shown solid accuracy, but his size and poor arm strength could force the transition.

Leary seems like the favorite to be QB3 at this moment despite coming off a season in which he only completed 56% of his passes at Kentucky. In terms of standing in the pocket and launching the ball down the field with timing, Leary is clearly the best of these three.

With Jackson's style of play putting him in the line of fire, the Ravens need to make sure their backup plan is ironclad. With four different players all ready to show John Harbaugh they can survive in this offense, training camp is sure to bring some fierce competition with it.