Trace McSorley

Arizona Cardinals
Quarterback #9
Arizona Cardinals
Quarterback #9

Trace McSorley News

Set to return to No. 2 role

McSorley will serve as Arizona's backup quarterback Sunday at Atlanta after head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday that Colt McCoy cleared the concussion protocol and is on track to start this weekend, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: After coming in relief for a concussed McCoy in the Week 15 loss to the Broncos, McSorley drew his first career start Week 16 against the Buccaneers. He proved to be mistake-prone in the Cardinals' 19-16 overtime loss, committing three turnovers (one interception, two lost fumbles) while completing just 24 of 45 passes for 4.8 yards per attempt. Even though the 27-year-old McSorley has more theoretical upside of the two quarterbacks at this stage of his career and the 4-11 Cardinals have little on the line in the final two games, Kingsbury will turn the offense back over to the more battle-tested McCoy as Arizona looks to end the season on a high note.

Dec 28, 2022 6:03 PM EST

Mixed bag in Week 16 loss

McSorley completed 24 of 45 passes for 217 yards with no touchdowns and one interception and rushed seven times for 14 yards in the Cardinals' 19-16 overtime loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday night. He also rushed seven times for 14 yards.

Analysis: McSorley's first NFL start wasn't disastrous by any stretch, but ball security was an issue for the fourth-year pro. McSorley's first lost fumble came midway through the first quarter at the Buccaneers' 30-yard line as a result of a sack, proving costly to the Cardinals even though it didn't lead to any Tampa Bay points. The second was even more consequential, as McSorley was charged with a turnover on an attempted pitch to Keaontay Ingram that was recovered by the Bucs' William Gholston and led to a game-tying field goal. McSorley may be one and done as a starter, as Colt McCoy should have a good chance of clearing concussion protocol in time for a Week 17 road matchup against the Falcons.

Dec 25, 2022 11:06 PM EST

Starting Sunday night

McSorley will start Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Kliff Kingsbury made the announcement Wednesday after ruling out Colt McCoy, who suffered a concussion during Sunday's 24-15 loss to Denver. McSorley completed seven of 15 passes for 95 yards and two interceptions in relief, and with that fresh in mind it's possible he could be benched for recently signed David Blough if he struggles again Sunday night. McSorley had only one carry for eight yards last week, but he does offer potential for rushing stats given that he ran a 4.57 40 coming out of Penn State in 2019 -- where he had 30 rushing TDs in three seasons as a starter -- and then spent a couple years in Baltimore backing up Lamar Jackson.

Dec 21, 2022 11:29 AM EST

Enters in relief

McSorley completed seven of 15 passes for 95 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 24-15 loss to the Broncos. He added one rush for eight yards.

Analysis: McSorley entered the game three plays into the second half after Colt McCoy was forced to the sidelines due to a head injury. He managed a few long completions of 29 and 18 yards but still managed only 6.3 yards per attempt. To make matters worse, McSorley also threw two interceptions, the latter of which led directly to Denver's game-clinching touchdown. If McCoy can't clear concussion protocol in time for a Week 16 matchup against the Buccaneers, McSorley will likely be called upon to start.

Dec 18, 2022 5:59 PM EST

Clears injury report Thursday

McSorely (illness) was not listed on the Cardinals' injury report Thursday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: McSorley popped up with an illness during Arizona's final practice Week 12, leaving him inactive against the Chargers. However, he appears to have gotten over this ailment during the Cardinals' bye Week 13. As a result, McSorley should reprise his role as the team's third-string quarterback against New England on Monday Night Football.

Dec 8, 2022 2:12 PM EST

Won't play Sunday

McSorley (illness) is inactive Sunday against the Chargers.

Analysis: McSorley missed practice Friday due to the illness, and he's still apparently feeling under the weather. However, with Kyler Murray back under center and Colt McCoy still considered the team's No. 2 quarterback, McSorley's absence should not impact the team Week 12.

Nov 27, 2022 11:49 AM EST

Dealing with illness

McSorley did not practice Friday due to an illness and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: McSorley was a full participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday before popping up on Friday's injury report. While the severity of this ailment is still unclear, the 27-year-old will have just one more day to overcome this issue before Sunday's contest. McSorley went 6-for-10 passing for 59 yards and an interception after stepping in for Colt McCoy during Monday's loss to San Francisco. However, both signal-callers figure to fall back into their normal backup roles Week 12, as starting quarterback Kyler Murray is expected to return after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury.

Nov 25, 2022 7:54 PM EST

Added to active roster

McSorley has been added to the Cardinals' active roster.

Analysis: In a corresponding move, the team placed Colt McCoy (calf) on injured reserve, meaning that he'll miss at least four games. As a result, McSorley is slated to back up Kyler Murray early on this season.

Sep 7, 2022 9:26 AM EST

Inks practice squad deal

The Cardinals signed McSorley to their practice squad Wednesday, NFL reporter Jordan Schultz reports.

Analysis: As expected, McSorley returns to the organization after clearing waivers. The Penn State product will operate as an emergency depth option behind Kyler Murray and Colt McCoy.

Aug 31, 2022 9:22 AM EST

Waived by Cardinals

McSorley was waived by the Cardinals on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: McSorley will fail to make the final roster for the second season in a row with the Cardinals opting to keep just Colt McCoy as a backup option for Kyler Murray. Per Rapoport, the quarterback is expected to join Arizona's practice squad as long as he clears waivers.

Aug 30, 2022 9:26 AM EST

Strong showing in preseason opener

McSorley completed 13 of 22 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown while adding 32 rushing yards on four carries in Friday's preseason game against the Bengals.

Analysis: With neither Kyler Murray (wrist) nor Colt McCoy in the lineup, McSorley played the entire first half for the Cardinals and led his club to four scoring drives, capping the first with a four-yard TD strike to depth wideout Andre Baccellia. McSorley is competing with undrafted rookie Jarrett Guarantano for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart, and the former Raven likely has a leg up in the battle after this performance.

Aug 12, 2022 8:14 PM EST

Will start preseason opener

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday that McSorley will start Friday's preseason contest against Cincinnati, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Starting quarterback Kyler Murray was sidelined for a part of training camp due to a positive COVID-19 test and is now dealing with a sore wrist, which has limited his participation in practice. However, the decision to start McSorley likely has nothing to do with Murray's availability, as backup quarterback Colt McCoy is also not expected to play, leaving McSorley and Jarrett Guarantano to compete for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart during the preseason opener.

Aug 9, 2022 11:27 AM EST

Healthy scratch for Week 13

McSorley (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Bears, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: With Kyler Murray (ankle) out, McSorley operated as Colt McCoy's backup during Week 11. However, now that the star quarterback is healthy, McSorley is the odd man.

Dec 5, 2021 9:23 AM EST

Officially signed by Arizona

McSorely was signed by the Cardinals on Tuesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: As expected, McSorely will join the Cardinals after they signed him off of the Ravens' practice squad. He will now serve as the team's third option at quarterback behind Kyler Murray (ankle) and Colt McCoy.

Nov 23, 2021 2:16 PM EST

In line to join Cardinals

The Cardinals plan to sign McSorley off the Ravens' practice squad, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Ravens had elevated McSorley from their practice squad ahead of Sunday's game against the Bears to serve as the team's No. 2 QB, with Lamar Jackson (illness) inactive, but he's now slated to move on to Arizona, where he'll slot in as the Cardinals' No. 3 signal-caller behind Kyle Murray (ankle) and Colt McCoy.

Nov 22, 2021 2:40 PM EST

Bumped up from practice squad

McSorley was elevated from the Ravens' practice squad ahead of Sunday's game against the Bears, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Lamar Jackson (illness) was a late addition to the Ravens' injury report for Week 11, so McSorley will join the active roster Saturday. Even if Jackson is unable to play, McSorley should serve as a backup behind Tyler Huntley.

Nov 20, 2021 5:22 PM EST

Sticks with practice squad

The Ravens signed McSorley to the practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: McSorley showed well in limited preseason action, but him missing time due to a back injury ultimately resulted in Tyler Huntley securing the backup gig behind Lamar Jackson. The third-year pro will continue his development in Baltimore's system.

Sep 1, 2021 2:47 PM EST

Let go by Baltimore

McSorley was released by the Ravens on Tuesday.

Analysis: The Ravens will carry Lamar Jackson and Tyler Huntley on their active roster. McSorley, who is entering his third season in the league, could return via the practice squad.

Aug 31, 2021 1:22 PM EST

Back at practice

McSorley (back) returned to practice Monday, Jamison Hensley of reports.

Analysis: The Penn State product seems to have recovered from his back injury and will be ready to go for his presumed role of backing up Lamar Jackson this season.

Aug 30, 2021 11:11 AM EST

Could be ready for Week 1

Coach John Harbaugh said Thursday that McSorley (back) may be available by Week 1, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.comreports.

Analysis: McSorley resumed throwing Thursday, which is a notable step in the right direction for his recovery. The third-year pro has already been ruled out for the remainder of the preseason, but when healthy he remains the favorite to operate as Lamar Jackson's backup.

Aug 26, 2021 9:08 AM EST

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