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What was once supposed to be an open competition between Hunter Cantwell and rookie Tyrod Taylor for the right to back up Ravens starter Joe Flacco appears to be an afterthought at this point in the preseason.

Through five quarters in two preseason contests, Taylor leads all three quarterbacks in passing attempts (39), completions (24), passing yards (267) and completion percentage (61.5). Over that same span, Cantwell has completed just 1-of-3 passes for 38 yards in two series.

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Cantwell, a practice-squad player last season, appears to be losing ground to Taylor, the team's sixth-round pick in April, but Cantwell said he doesn't feel under-utilized.

"I'm given the opportunities to play in practice, and I feel like I've taken advantage of those, and I'm getting better every day," he said. "Ultimately, I'm just here to try and help this team be the best it can possibly be. So whether that's this training camp or the next 10 years of my career, I hope that's what I can accomplish. Whatever the coaching staff asks me to do, that's what I'm going to do. I don't feel under-utilized at all."Cantwell, who took two snaps in the Ravens' 13-6 preseason-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 11, engineered the offense's final touchdown drive in the team's 31-13 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday night.

He connected with rookie wide receiver LaQuan Williams on a 38-yard pass to Kansas City's 3-yard line. Three plays later, rookie running back Anthony Allen plunged one yard into the end zone.

As excited as Cantwell was about his performance in limited time, he wasn't ready to declare that he deserved more playing time in the team's final two preseason games.

"I don't know," he said. "Joe and Tyrod are two amazing quarterbacks, and they've got to be ready to play and be ready for a season. This is a crazy training camp and preseason with the lockout and everything. I'll be ready if my number gets called, and I'll be excited to go in there and play. If not, I'm excited to watch Joe and Tyrod do their thing out on the field."

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