Why the Baltimore Ravens could take advantage of the new QB rule

Baltimore Ravens, Anthony Brown
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To kick off the week, NFL owners agreed to make some changes for the upcoming 2023 season. One of them, in particular, could greatly impact a team like the Baltimore Ravens.

The new bylaw, which was passed, will now allow NFL teams to carry a third quarterback on game day without counting against their 46-man roster. The catch is, that quarterback cannot be a practice squad member.

So, teams are now going to have to entertain the idea of carrying three quarterbacks on the active roster and then, in turn, calling up a player from the practice squad each week to fill out the remainder of the game day roster.

Baltimore has been one of the more notable teams to suffer injuries at the quarterback position in the last couple of years. Two teams, in particular, could truly take advantage of this new rule, with one being Baltimore and the other being the San Francisco 49ers.

The Baltimore Ravens could consider keeping three quarterbacks and protect themselves from an emergency situation

Last year, all three quarterbacks saw game action for the Ravens. Lamar Jackson started 12 games in both 2021 and 2022 due to multiple injuries. Tyler Huntley started four contests in 2022, and undrafted rookie Anthony Brown started once.

This rule came back into effect now, after being abolished back in 2010, mostly due to what we saw from the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

Brock Purdy left with an injury, forcing now-Ravens quarterback Josh Johnson into action. Then, Johnson was hurt, leaving the 49ers without a healthy quarterback and making them a truly one-dimensional offense for the remainder of the game.

Had the 49ers been able to dress a third quarterback, maybe they could have had a fighting chance at scoring a few more points against that vaunted Eagles defense.

For Baltimore, this rule could make a lot of sense, but would impact one or two players in particular. First of all, who is the 54th player on the roster which will get booted to the practice squad? Additionally, how safe will that player be from being signed to another team during the season?

Second, who's the first player booted from the practice squad with this new rule?

There are a lot of things to think about, but this rule definitely makes sense for a team like Baltimore to take advantage of.

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