The Ravens will head into the 2020 season with three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster for a third straight season.
The team elected to keep starter Lamar Jackson, backup Robert Griffin III and Trace McSorley. Hours before the team officially announced roster cuts, coach John Harbaugh admitted on a video conference call that the team was leaning toward three quarterbacks, saying, “it looks like that right now.”
Undrafted rookie Tyler Huntley was among the several cuts announced at 4 p.m. Huntley, who was named first-team All-Pac-12 Conference at Utah, outplayed McSorley, a sixth-round pick in 2019, through portions of training camp. But the lack of preseason games and film this year might give the team a better chance of clearing Huntley through waivers and bringing him back onto the practice squad, which has been expanded to 16 players this season.
The team’s cuts also included center Trystan Colon-Castillo and safety Nigel Warrior, as well as tight ends Charles Scarff, Eli Wolf and Jerell Adams.
Colon-Castillo and Warrior were two strong candidates to extend the team’s streak of keeping an undrafted free agent on the Week 1 roster. But the return of center Matt Skura and team’s depth at interior offensive line left Colon-Castillo on the outside looking in.
Warrior’s chances of making the team appeared to increase after the surprise release of safety Earl Thomas III. Warrior, who earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors at Tennessee, intercepted two passes during the open portion of padded practices.
The trio of Scarff, Wolf and Adams was expected to compete for the team’s third tight end spot, but keeping just two true tight ends opens the likelihood of using fullback Patrick Ricard in a hybrid role.
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Expanded practice squads and new game-week roster rules would allow the team to bring an extra tight end to the active roster for game days.