Trace McSorley

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In backup mix

General manager Eric DeCosta expects McSorley (knee) and Tyler Huntley to compete for the backup quarterback job this offseason, Clifton Brown of the Ravens' official site reports.

Analysis: "We think both [McSorley and Huntley] have a legitimate chance to compete for that backup position," DeCosta said. "It doesn't mean that we won't go after a veteran quarterback, but we think both those guys have pretty bright futures, and we see a good competition this year." McSorley saw action in two games for the Ravens in 2020, during both of which he provided the offense with a spark. He suffered a minor knee strain back in December but is expected to be ready for the tentative start of offseason activities.

Feb 12, 2021 12:00 PM EST

Could be ready for postseason

Coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that McSorley's knee sprain should take about three weeks of recovery, Daniel Oyefusi of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: McSorley is apparently dealing with a minor knee sprain, but his IR placement will require him to miss the rest of the regular season. Meanwhile, Robert Griffin (thigh) is on track to return from IR for the Week 16 matchup against the Giants. Tyler Huntley is expected to be brought up from the practice squad to serve as Lamar Jackson's backup until Griffin returns.

Dec 16, 2020 4:12 PM EST

Lands on IR

McSorley (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: McSorley suffered a minor knee sprain in Monday's 47-42 win over the Browns, and he'll be required to sit out for the rest of the regular season. In the meantime, practice squad quarterback Tyler Huntley should serve as Lamar Jackson's backup until either McSorley or Robert Griffin (hamstring) is activated from IR.

Dec 15, 2020 1:33 PM EST

Deemed week-to-week

McSorley suffered a minor knee sprain during Sunday's 47-42 win over the Browns, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: McSorley went down awkwardly while trying to escape the pocket in the fourth quarter. There was some concern that he could miss significant time, but the second-year quarterback is simply week-to-week. With Robert Griffin (hamstring) already on IR, the Ravens may need to call up Tyler Huntley from the practice squad to serve as Lamar Jackson's backup.

Dec 15, 2020 12:57 PM EST

Set to undergo MRI

McSorley is believed to have suffered a knee sprain in Monday night's win over the Browns and will undergo an MRI to confirm, Jamison Hensley of reports.

Analysis: McSorley went down awkwardly trying to run for a first down Monday and was forced to leave the game. The belief is that McSorley's injury is not season-ending, but that won't be known for certain until the results of the MRI are revealed. Baltimore already has Robert Griffin (thigh) on injured reserve, so the team's depth behind Lamar Jackson would be in an untenable situation if McSorley is unavailable for even one game.

Dec 15, 2020 7:44 AM EST

Goes down with knee injury

McSorley left Monday's game against the Browns due to a knee injury, Jamison Hensley of reports.

Analysis: McSorley tried to take it himself for a first down late in the fourth quarter, but his knee appeared to buckle and he went down in pain. Luckily for the Ravens, Lamar Jackson trotted out of the locker room almost immediately after and was able to come back into the game.

Dec 14, 2020 8:26 PM EST

Set for backup duties

McSorley is active and should be Baltimore's No. 2 quarterback Tuesday against Dallas with Lamar Jackson (illness) active.

Analysis: McSorley saw his first game action of the season last week against the Steelers after Robert Griffin (hamstring) went down with injury, but Jackson has recovered from COVID-19 and appears ready to start Tuesday. McSorley is poised to be the Ravens' backup quarterback for at least the next three games with Griffin on injured reserve.

Dec 8, 2020 3:53 PM EST

Trending toward backup role

McSorley is expected to serve as the Ravens' No. 2 quarterback Tuesday against the Cowboys with Lamar Jackson (illness) in line to be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, Jamison Hensley of reports.

Analysis: After testing positive for the coronavirus Thanksgiving Day and sitting out the Ravens' Week 12 loss to the Steelers while completing a 10-day quarantine, Jackson looks poised to return to Baltimore's team facility Sunday. Though Jackson will have to shake off some rust due to the missed time, he'll at least have the benefit of a practice session Sunday and a walk-through Monday, which should keep him sufficiently prepared to reclaim starting duties. McSorley came on late in the Week 12 loss to replace Robert Griffin (hamstring), and with the latter having since landed on injured reserve, the second-year quarterback from Penn State should serve as Jackson's top backup for at least the next three contests.

Dec 6, 2020 6:50 AM EST

Likely to start if Jackson can't

McSorley will be the Ravens' presumptive starter at quarterback Tuesday against the Cowboys if Lamar Jackson (illness) isn't activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the contest, Jamison Hensley of reports.

Analysis: McSorley is currently the only quarterback on the Ravens' 53-man roster, as the team's Week 12 starter, Robert Griffin, was placed on injured reserve Friday after injuring his hamstring in Wednesday's 19-14 loss to the Steelers. The 2019 sixth-round pick came on in relief of the injured Griffin in the contest, completing two of six attempts for 77 yards and a touchdown while carrying three times for 16 yards. If Jackson continues to test negative for the coronavirus, he'll be eligible to rejoin the roster as soon as Sunday, but McSorley will stay prepared to start in the event Baltimore's top signal-caller can't clear the protocol. The Ravens would presumably promote Tyler Huntley from the practice squad to back up McSorley if Jackson remains out for Week 13.

Dec 4, 2020 3:32 PM EST

First career TD in loss

McSorley entered the Ravens' 19-14 loss to the Steelers on Wednesday in the fourth quarter and completed two of six passes for 77 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. He also rushed three times for 16 yards.

Analysis: The second-year signal-caller had just been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, and he was pressed into action with Robert Griffin suffering from both ineffectiveness and a hamstring strain. McSorley ended up spearheading the most explosive offensive play of the afternoon for the Ravens, connecting with Marquise Brown for a 70-yard touchdown in which the latter did the bulk of the work with his run after the catch. The appearance was only the second of McSorley's season-plus as a pro, and with Griffin now ailing, the Penn State product could be in line to serve as the primary backup to Lamar Jackson in Tuesday's Week 13 battle against the Cowboys assuming the latter is cleared to return for that game.

Dec 2, 2020 4:01 PM EST

Activated from COVID list

The Ravens activated McSorley from the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, Ryan Mink of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: McSorley is in line to serve as Robert Griffin's backup during Wednesday's game against the Steelers since Lamar Jackson (illness) is on the COVID-19 list. Since being selected in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, McSorley has played just one snap.

Dec 1, 2020 1:20 PM EST

Heads to COVID-19 list

The Ravens placed McSorley on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Jamison Hensley of reports.

Analysis: McSorley has either tested positive for the virus or come into close contact with an infected person, and he'll need to clear the league's COVID-19 protocols before returning to team activities. He'll be unavailable for Sunday's game against the Titans, but McSorley typically serves as a healthy scratch anyway, with Robert Griffin acting as Lamar Jackson's backup.

Nov 20, 2020 2:27 PM EST

Inactive for Sunday

McSorley (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Eagles.

Analysis: McSorley has yet to suit up for a game this season, as he's the clear No. 3 quarterback behind Lamar Jackson and Robert Griffin. He likely won't make an appearance unless Jackson or Griffin get hurt.

Oct 18, 2020 9:05 AM EST

Facing competition for No. 3 gig

McSorley will need to battle for a roster spot this summer,'s Todd Karpovich reports.

Analysis: The 2019 sixth-round pick had a roster spot all last season as the No. 3 quarterback, but there's no guarantee the Ravens keep three signal-callers agains. Even if they do, it could be undrafted rookie Tyler Huntley who gets the nod over McSorley, depending on how both players perform during training camp and the preseason. On the other hand, McSorley could push Robert Griffin for the second spot on the depth chart.

Jul 6, 2020 8:57 AM EST

Minimal action as rookie

McSorley appeared in one game as a rookie, taking one carry for one yard.

Analysis: Veteran Robert Griffin was entrenched as the backup quarterback, leaving little room for McSorley to even be active most weeks. McSorley had a chance to see some action in the season finale against Pittsburgh when Lamar Jackson was inactive, but he only played one snap. With Robert Griffin under contract for another season, McSorley has his work cut out for him in terms of remaining on the 53-man roster, especially if Baltimore opts to carry just two quarterbacks.

Jan 23, 2020 12:00 PM EST

Could play in Week 17

Coach John Harbaugh said both Robert Griffin and McSorley could play in Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Analysis: McSorley -- a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft -- has yet to make his regular-season NFL debut. However, the Ravens have locked up the No. 1 playoff seed in the AFC, so likely MVP Lamar Jackson, among other top players, will get a week of rest. McSorley played four preseason games, completing 56.7 percent of passes for 533 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Dec 23, 2019 12:28 PM EST

Not playing Week 1

McSorley is inactive for Sunday's season opener against the Dolphins.

Analysis: McSorley won't play a role in Baltimore's offense Week 1 with Robert Griffin set to serve as the top backup to Lamar Jackson. The rookie sixth-round pick impressed down the stretch in the preseason, but he lacks a clear path to rise above the QB3 gig.

Sep 8, 2019 8:55 AM EST

Solid in preseason finale

McSorley completed 15 of 27 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown during Thursday's 20-7 preseason win over Washington. He added eight yards on two carries.

Analysis: McSorley continued his steady improvement throughout the preseason, completing his second consecutive game without a turnover all while making some big throws, including a 24-yard shot to Jaleel Scott to give Baltimore a second-quarter lead. His frenetic style makes him a nice option to develop as Lamar Jackson's backup, but, given Jackson's own inexperience, it would be foolish to look anywhere else outside of RG3 for the backup job. McSorley figures to be destined for the practice squad or, at best, QB3.

Aug 29, 2019 8:09 PM EST

Three total TDs in backup audition

McSorley completed 19 of 28 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns while adding six rushing yards and a touchdown on four carries in Thursday's 26-15 preseason win over the Eagles.

Analysis: McSorley played the whole game and put in a strong audition for the backup job behind Lamar Jackson with Robert Griffin sidelined by a thumb injury. The 2019 sixth-rounder led a trio of second-quarter touchdown drives, taking it himself from four yards out before finding Michael Floyd for a 28-yarder and finally hitting Jaleel Scott for a seven-yard score seven seconds before halftime. McSorley didn't use his legs much outside of the touchdown run, but his 30 rushing scores in 46 college games suggest that he has a sizable running element to his game.

Aug 22, 2019 8:17 PM EST

Filling in for injured RG3

McSorley is left as the No. 2 quarterback after Robert Griffin suffered a thumb injury, Jamison Hensley of reports.

Analysis: With a recovery estimate of 4-to-8 weeks, Griffin is in danger of missing the regular-season opener. Baltimore is sure to sign a third healthy quarterback soon, but the new addition won't necessarily unseat the rookie sixth-round pick. McSorley completed 59.3 percent of his passes at Penn State, making up for it with a 77:25 TD:INT rate and 30 rushing touchdowns in 46 games. Greg Roman's run-heavy offense in Baltimore is the one NFL scheme McSorley might be able to handle as a rookie, though he'd still be a downgrade from starter Lamar Jackson.

Jul 28, 2019 4:26 PM EST

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