Every day, Caleb Hanie hits the Ravens' practice field hoping to convince the Super Bowl champions that they should keep him as their third quarterback when the regular season begins.
Signed to a one-year contract for the veteran minimum of $715,000 with a salary-cap figure of $555,000 under the minimum salary benefit, Hanie is aware he faces long odds.
The Ravens are comfortable with Tyrod Taylor as the primary backup to Super Bowl Most Valuable Player quarterback Joe Flacco, who signed a $120.6 million contract in the offseason.
And the Ravens have gone with two quarterbacks on the roster during the regular season for two consecutive seasons.
"Yeah, that's what I'm hoping for is to stick here," Hanie said. "I enjoy being here and have come to know these guys. I'll do my best and see how it goes.
"It's going well, I'm just trying every day to get timing down and get my feel of the offense ready for the game and make sure my accuracy is as good as I can before we start the preseason games."
During the preseason a year ago, Curtis Painter was in a similar situation to Hanie.
A former Indianapolis Colts starter, Painter provided competition to Taylor and had a solid preseason. He was still cut prior to the final preseason game.
Hanie, 27, started four games for the Chicago Bears in 2011 and was on the Denver Broncos roster last season without appearing in any games. In three seasons (11 games) with the Bears, he completed 59 of 116 passes for three touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
During the 2010 playoffs when Jay Cutler and Todd Collins got hurt, Hanie entered the NFC championship game and led the Bears on two touchdown drives, but he also had two interceptions with one returned for a touchdown. He completed 13 of 20 passes for 153 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the 21-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
The next year, Hanie started four games when Cutler had a thumb injury. He lost all four starts, though, and was replaced by Josh McCown.
"Everybody here with the Ravens has been very welcoming so far," Hanie said. "Joe has been great, and Tyrod and [offensive coordinator] Jim Caldwell and Harbs have been really great welcoming me. I think it's a good opportunity to come here and play some ball.
"It doesn't hurt that it's the Super Bowl-winning team from last season. I know we'll put a good product out on the field this year and it will be fun this year."
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