OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The most important resolution dealing with the Baltimore Ravens is whether or not to hold three quarterbacks for the primary time since 2009.
With Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson already securing spots on the roster, the Ravens have 9 days and two preseason video games to find out whether or not they may hold, commerce or reduce Robert Griffin III.
Hayden Hurst, the primary tight finish chosen within the 2018 NFL draft, is anticipated to overlook three to 4 weeks following a process on his foot, a supply confirmed to ESPN.
Fellow Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith’s four-game suspension is “devastating” and “heartbreaking,” Brandon Carr mentioned Thursday.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh mentioned the choice will “go proper to the wire.”
“There isn’t any query that the very best quarterback factor to do could be to maintain Robert Griffin. He is confirmed it,” Harbaugh mentioned. “He is performed exceptionally effectively, and it makes the group higher.”
The choice shall be closely primarily based on the Ravens’ confidence in Jackson, the rookie first-round choose.
Jackson has struggled mightily throughout stretches within the preseason. He has failed to finish at the least half of his passes in any of the three preseason video games.
If the Ravens really feel Jackson might be the first backup to Flacco, they may half methods with Griffin. If Baltimore believes Griffin provides the group a considerably higher probability of successful — and ending a three-year playoff drought — if Flacco will get injured, the group will hold him.
“That is going to be a selection that shall be well-discussed inside the subsequent couple of weeks and already has been,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg mentioned.
Griffin has made a convincing case to remain in Baltimore. In three preseason video games, he has accomplished 18 of 26 passes (69.2 %) for 177 yards. He has thrown two touchdowns and one interception for a 97.eight passer ranking.
His solely interception was the results of a dropped go by Breshad Perriman within the Corridor of Fame Sport. Griffin additionally had a 30-yard landing go bounce off the arms of rookie Jordan Lasley throughout Monday’s preseason sport. If that had been a landing, Griffin’s passer ranking could be 118.5.
If the Ravens half methods with Griffin, it is probably he’ll find yourself someplace within the league.
“It does not really feel like I have been away from the sport for a complete yr,” Griffin mentioned. “It is really a blessing to be taking part in once more. I get pleasure from it. It does not matter if it is first quarter or fourth quarter.”
Griffin was the No. 2 total choose within the 2012 draft and was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the 12 months. Accidents and inconsistent play led to him bouncing from Washington to Cleveland.
He was out of soccer final yr, throwing passes to receivers at UCF to maintain sharp. The Ravens introduced him in for a exercise this offseason and signed him to a one-year, $1.1 million contract. Solely the $100,000 signing bonus is assured.
Final yr, half of the NFL groups carried three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster to begin the season, in line with ESPN Stats & Info. The final time the Ravens had three quarterbacks on their season-opening roster was 2009, once they had Flacco, Troy Smith and John Beck.
“He has performed at a starting-caliber degree within the video games that he is performed, and he is an skilled man,” Harbaugh mentioned of Griffin. “I might relatively have him than not have him, for positive, however there are different elements that go into that and we’ll need to determine all that out. [GM] Ozzie [Newsome] in the end must make that call.”