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Ravens release quarterback Trace McSorley

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Speculation regarding who would be the Ravens’ backup quarterback to Lamar Jackson finally came to a definitive end this afternoon. ESPN’s Jamison Hensley reported that the team released Trace McSorley, adding they hope to sign him to the practice squad if he clears waivers.

McSorley is entering his third season in the NFL. He was drafted out of Penn State by the Ravens with the No. 197 overall pick in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

After only appearing in a meaningless Week 17 game as a rookie, McSorley was forced into action last season against the Steelers in Week 12 when Robert Griffin III left the game with a hamstring injury. Griffin was the team’s starting quarterback in place of Jackson, who missed the game due to COVID-19. McSorley finished the game and even completed a 70-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown in the fourth quarter to bring the Ravens within one score. Unfortunately, the defense failed to stop Pittsburgh’s offense on the ensuing drive, resulting in a loss.

McSorley once again had his name called later in the season, when Jackson exited the game against the Browns in Week 14. Down by one point with just over four minutes remaining in regulation, McSorley was able to complete a third-down pass to wide receiver Willie Snead IV to keep the drive alive. A few plays later, McSorley was injured and had to leave the game. Jackson returned just in time, however, to complete a 44-yard touchdown pass to Brown on fourth down.

Following the release of Griffin this offseason, McSorley was battling second-year quarterback Tyler Huntley for the backup position for this season. Huntley is more of a stylistic fit for offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s offense, leading to many favoring Huntley over McSorley. Following the second preseason game against the Saints, it was announced that McSorley would miss time with a back injury.

It was then that Huntley took the job and ran, accounting for five total touchdowns in the final preseason game against Washington.