Trace McSorley left Penn State as one of the best quarterbacks in Nittany Lions history. His role with the Baltimore Ravens is going to involve a bit more than that.
McSorley was a dual-threat player at PSU, rushing for 1,697 yards and 30 touchdowns in his PSU career. That, combined with his impressive accuracy, made him very dangerous.
Of course, not every great college quarterback translates to the NFL. This isn’t to say that McSorley won’t, but the Ravens plan to use him in some different ways, in addition to backing up Lamar Jackson, a dynamic, unique quarterback in his own right.
A new article by ESPN compared McSorley, and a few other young quarterbacks, to former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kordell “Slash” Stewart, who also played some receiver for the team.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh described the various ways the team will try to incorporate Trace McSorley.
Harbaugh directly referred to the way that the New Orleans Saints have used third quarterback Taysom Hill in various roles, such as H-Back and tight end.
“You saw what the Saints have done down there with their third quarterback,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said about McSorley. “That’s something we’ll have a chance to do, too, with Trace. He’s going to be able to play special teams as well. The more you can do. You want players with roles, and he’s a guy that has a chance to have a big role for us.”
I’m sure that Penn State fans would love to see McSorley get a shot as QB1 for a team some day, but in the past, quarterbacks have either made it at that singular position, or have flamed out of the NFL after a few years.
Diversifying his role gives a sixth-rounder like McSorley a much better chance of sticking around in the pros, and carving out a long career.