Could the Ravens add another backup QB?

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With a log-jam at quarterback in Houston, Gary Kubiak could talk the organization into bringing T.J. Yates or Case Keenum to Baltimore.

The Ravens rarely ever carry three quarterbacks on their 53 man roster and haven't done so since Joe Flacco was given the reigns of the offense. However, once training camp wraps up in early September, that could change.

One competition we'll be watching during training camp (and hopefully we'll never see them play) is between current backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor and rookie sixth-round pick Keith Wenning. It was clear the Ravens weren't confident in Taylor's abilities to replace Flacco if necessary, especially after head coach John Harbaugh's comments prior to the draft.

"We have been a little disappointed how [Taylor] played in games," Harbaugh uncharacteristically said. It's rare to ever hear Harbaugh speak negatively about his players, which is why Taylor's spot on the roster isn't etched in stone.

In all reality, there are only a handful of teams with competent backups to start with. Chances are, once your starting quarterback goes down, you're probably not going to win the game. If Flacco were to be lost to injury, it's doubtful any opposing defenses will be threatened by the Taylor/Wenning combo.

The Ravens have invested in Wenning, but he needs time to learn. The level of competition in the NFL, let alone the AFC North, is going to be a huge increase over what he experienced at Ball State..

So, does this mean the Ravens still should be open to adding another quarterback into the mix?


Fortunately for the Ravens, offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has great relationships with former players and coaches on his staffs and has done a great job bringing in those experienced with his offense to help teach his new players. Also, Kubiak's former team, the Houston Texans, have a log-jam at quarterback with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum, T.J. Yates and rookie fourth-round pick Tom Savage listed on the depth chart.

Chances are, either Keenum or Yates will be on the outside looking in.

Either Yates or Keenum would be an upgrade over what the Ravens currently have and there's plenty of reasons to kick the tires on them once either of them is released. Not only will they have a comfort level with the offense, but they're more natural pocket passers than Taylor, who has to scramble to even create a passing lane due to his smaller stature and experiencing passes constantly deflected by defensive linemen.

Unless Taylor blows away the coaching staff this training camp, his job is in jeopardy and given Kubiak's affinity for his former players, it's not far-fetched to believe that one of his former quarterbacks could be wearing purple shortly after receiving their pink slip in Houston.

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