With Matt Schaub continuing an underwhelming final act of his career, there is always the possibility of him not making the final roster. If so, who would be the backup quarterback in his stead now that Tyrod Taylor is battling for a starting spot with Rex Ryan's Bills?
The answer to that question is Bryn Renner, a 2nd-year player out of North Carolina. Peter King commented on the feasibility of Renner winning the backup QB spot following his visit to the Ravens training camp, saying:
When the quarterbacks go with black jerseys and purple numbers, the easiest way to tell Flacco from 6-6 backup Matt Schuab is Schaub’s lackluster arm strength. Don’t count out Bryn Renner for the No. 2 job
So who is Bryn Renner?
- 6"3, 230 lbs. 3 yr starter at North Carolina.
- Set single season school and ACC records for accuracy his first game as a starter. 66.5 career completion percentage in college. 8,221 yards, 64 touchdowns, and 25 interception in 2 1/2 years as a starter (32 games)
- Renner’s father is former Green Bay Packers punter Bill Renner, who is also a respected high school coach
The summer before his senior season, Renner was a standout at the Manning passing academy. Draft analyst Mike Mayock praised him for his size, accuracy, polish, and his throwing ability:
Bryn Renner, North Carolina Tar Heels:
"He probably is the most polished of all the quarterbacks I saw," Mayock said. "Great feet, bigger kid than I thought -- (6-foot-3), 220 (pounds) -- ball comes out beautifully. His father is a highly recognized high school coach, so it doesn't surprise me that he is so polished."
It shouldn’t surprise anyone if Renner — who completed 65.4 percent of his passes and threw 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions last season — is a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
So why was Renner undrafted?
Quite simply, he suffered a a detached labrum and a fractured shoulder seven games into his senior season. The injury required surgery, although it wasn't to his throwing shoulder. He also did not look stellar in the six games before his injury, although he was playing behind a porous line which allowed 16 sacks in the seven games that he played. He was still thought to be a candidate to be drafted in the sixth or seventh round after the injury, with analyst Bill Polian calling him one of the big sleepers in the 2014 draft. But he slipped out on Draft Day.
Here are some profiles on his strengths and weaknesses: