Five Things We Learned from the Ravens' 24-21 loss to the St. Louis Rams
Baltimore Sun reporter Childs Walker analyzes the Ravens after their final preseason game, a 24-21 loss to the St. Louis Rams.
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Caleb Hanie didn't do enough to make the Ravens carry a third quarterback.
The Ravens are used to playing with only two quarterbacks. Joe Flacco is among the most durable starters in the league, and Tyrod Taylor offers a fine counterpoint as his mobile backup.
Hanie has started games in the NFL, but when you watch him in practice next to Flacco and Taylor, he's simply not in their class as an athlete. It's not his fault, just reality.
With Flacco sitting as planned and Taylor out because of a hit to his head the previous week, Hanie played the whole way against the St. Louis Rams. The offense didn't exactly hum. Hanie threw two interceptions and lost the ball another time on a bad snap by center Reggie Stephens.
He did find a nice rhythm in the two-minute drill just before halftime.
If the worst case happens and the Ravens lose Flacco for any amount of time, they'll probably be able to find a free agent roughly the same caliber as Hanie. There's no obvious reason to use a roster spot on him.