As the Ravens finalized their 53-man roster on Saturday, coach John Harbaugh said it’s likely the Ravens will keep three quarterbacks on the team’s roster this season.
“It looks like that right now,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll have to see.”
With the reported release of undrafted free agent quarterback Tyler Huntley, that would mean quarterback Trace McSorley appears to have made the roster for a second-straight season.
The quarterback depth chart would then be Lamar Jackson, Robert Griffin III and McSorley.
Cutdown day is different this year, as is roster construction, without the benefit of preseason games and the looming threat of COVID-19. That means the Ravens will have to keep depth in mind this year more than any, which could be part of the reasoning behind McSorley’s return to the 53-man roster.
“It’s both, to a degree,” Harbaugh said. “You want to keep the best 53 no question about that, but you still have to have enough numbers at each position. So you have to balance those two things out.”
With hundreds of NFL hopefuls on the waiver wire at 4 p.m., the Ravens not only don’t have games to evaluate their own players, but they don’t have tape to watch opposing players as well. “It’s very challenging,” Harbaugh said. “How do you do it? Reading clips? What did (ESPN reporter) Jamison (Hensley) say about some player, or the ESPN reporter in any city, what did they say? Is that really gonna be enough to determine whether a player can be on your 53? You have to go by what you had on guys in college, or if they had tape from previous years. Veterans are a little bit different.”
Harbaugh said in the future he expects the league to have preseason games. As for how many remains to be decided, but with preseason games in the future, the Ravens won’t have to worry about a lack of film on their own team, as well as a few players on the waiver wire.
“We did miss the preseason games, I would say,” Harbaugh said. “It would’ve been helpful to see other players on tape around the league and it would’ve been helpful to evaluate our own guys. It was tough for these young guys to establish themselves without any game tape and game opportunities. Hopefully in the future we’ll have, to some degree, preseason games.”