Free-agent quarterback Ryan Nassib was given a tryout with the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Field Yates:
Source: the Ravens tried out former Giants QB Ryan Nassib today. He was briefly with the Jaguars in 2017.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 31, 2018
Nassib was selected with the 110th overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, from Syracuse. He would then spend four seasons with the team, manning the backup role behind Eli Manning. He then bounced around with the New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2017 season.
Baltimore needs a backup quarterback, due to Ryan Mallett’s pending free-agency. Mallett was signed during the 2015 season to eventually become the second-string quarterback behind Joe Flacco. Mallett initially showed some promise, leading the Ravens to a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015.
However, Mallett seemed to decline immediately after the 2015 season. During 2016 and 2017’s training camps, Mallett often saw passes flutter and hit the ground yards in front of his receivers. The writing was on the wall for his time with the Ravens organization.
For Baltimore, Nassib would just be an insurance policy, but he wouldn’t be the possible future for the team, as he is 27-years old and only has a few games under his belt. What it does show is that Baltimore is searching for another quarterback to fill its roster or a “camp arm”.
It is still a possibility for Baltimore that they go in the direction of selecting a young quarterback in the draft. Flacco has seen his fair share of bumps and bruises over the last few seasons (knee, back) and he isn’t getting any younger, at 33-years old.
Recently, it was a report that the Ravens were interested in Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. Our own Logan Levy, also posed a question in an article: “Should the Ravens draft a quarterback in the first-round?” Baltimore could very well be staring at a top-tier quarterback prospect at number 16 in April’s NFL Draft.
It just opens up a number of possibilities.