In an unofficial depth chart included in the pre-game notes for the Ravens' preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night, Hunter Cantwell is currently listed as the top backup quarterback behind starter Joe Flacco and ahead of rookie Tyrod Taylor.
But Cantwell, who spent the majority of last season on the team's practice squad, isn't delusional about status, especially after learning that Taylor would follow Flacco and play up to 2½ quarters against the Eagles.
"I think it's pretty clear that Joe is No. 1, Tyrod's No. 2 and I'm fighting for my life right now," Cantwell said after Tuesday's practice at the club's training facility in Owings Mills. "I don't know what that will look like later on. It's still early in camp. Any reps that I'm not getting in camp, I'm trying to stay after and work with some of the young wide receivers. I'm trying to keep on developing and try to be the best quarterback I can possibly be."Facing adversity is nothing new for Cantwell, who was a walk-on at the University of Louisville before gaining a scholarship and went undrafted last year before finding a home on the Carolina Panthers practice squad.
Those obstacles have only served to fortify Cantwell's determination to carve out a career in the NFL.
"I feel like in my football career, it's always been an uphill battle," he said. "So it's kind of a familiar role. Sometimes I have fought through it, and great things have worked out. I just treat each and every day trying to be the best I can possibly be in the classroom and out on the field."