For the second straight week, the Ravens will be facing a quarterback who is making his first start of the season. In Connor Shaw's case, the undrafted rookie free agent will be making the first NFL appearance of his career.
Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine said today that Shaw will start Sunday against the Ravens. The announcement was little more than a formality as Shaw, who had been on the Browns' practice squad, has taken the first-team repetitions in practice throughout the week.
With rookie Johnny Manziel out with a hamstring injury and veteran Brian Hoyer dealing with shoulder and biceps issues, Shaw was the most logical option. The Browns also signed journeyman Tyler Thigpen this week.
Shaw is 6 feet 1 and 201 pounds. He went 27-5 in his career as a starter at South Carolina.
The Ravens were beaten by the Houston Texans and their quarterback, Case Keenum, last week. Keenum, who had started eight games the previous season, was plucked off the St. Louis Rams' practice squad in the week before the game.