Once the regular season begins, the Ravens don’t expect to see Matt Schaub play much, if at all. Starting quarterback Joe Flacco has never missed a start in seven seasons. Schaub is like an insurance policy. You have it, but you hope you don’t need it.
However, Schaub will get plenty of reps during this week’s three-day minicamp, throughout training camp, and during the preseason. He is trying to familiarize himself with a new team, while growing accustomed to backing up an established starter.
If anything happens to Flacco, even for a game or two, Schaub will go from being an afterthought to being an important offseason decision. After four years as the Ravens’ backup quarterback, Tyrod Taylor moved on and signed with the Bills during free agency. The Ravens obviously believe Schaub is a better option, signing him to a one-year, $2 million deal, despite his struggles the past two seasons.
Schaub had some big seasons as the Texans’ starting quarterback, including five straight years with a quarterback rating above 90.0. However, the bottom fell out for Schaub in 2013, when he threw a pick-six in four consecutive games and lost his starting job. He couldn’t beat out rookie Derek Carr for the starting job in Oakland last season, so Schaub looked at Baltimore as opportunity with a winning organization, where his role was clearly defined.
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Offensive coordinator Marc Trestman and the Ravens’ coaches will be looking for Schaub to avoid the turnovers in practices that have plagued him in recent seasons. The Ravens have a new backup plan at quarterback. If they need Schaub, they will need him to play well.