According to reports, the Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens are interested in Trace McSorley, Penn State running back. The two teams are on the verge of signing the rookie out of the practice squad. Adam Schefter reported that McSorley was being signed by the Cardinals. The running back confirmed the news via social media and thanked the Ravens of giving him his first NFL chance.
Trace McSorley signed a four-year rookie deal with the Baltimore Ravens
Following his release from the practice squad, McSorley signed a four year rookie contract with the Ravens. McSorley’s move comes just days after the team established their 53-man roster. McSorley will join the likes of Anthony Levine, Justin Ellis, Andre Smith, and Jordan Richards on the Ravens practice squad. McSorley’s addition to the roster means that the Ravens now have three open spots on their 53-man roster. They will likely fill them with Nate McCrary (who was waived by the Denver Broncos).
With this contract, McSorley will earn an average of $1,680,688 in the first year, including a $160,000 signing bonus and a $1.7 million guarantee. His salary is higher than that of Dez Bryant, who has made a remarkable comeback to the NFL after three seasons in the COVID. He is not as expensive as other quarterbacks. McSorley’s four-year rookie deal with the Ravens is one of most generous in NFL history, despite not having much experience.
While he’s not a franchise quarterback, McSorley’s versatility will allow him to play a number of positions on offense. McSorley could be a versatile offensive player or play special teams in the Ravens’ quarterback room, alongside Lamar Jackson and Robert Griffin III. McSorley can also play the position of kicker. Justin Tucker, the Ravens’ kicker, has been signed by the team.
Through 2022, he is still under contract with Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Trace McSorley has been signed by the team. The Ravens previously signed the former Ravens backup. He was a practice squad member when Robert Griffin III went down with a hamstring injury. While he has never started a game, he has thrown for ninety yards and a touchdown in three games in the NFL. McSorley struggled to establish himself as a starter quarterback but has been signed by the Cardinals.
The Cardinals must address their wide receivers, keeping in mind their cap situation. They will have to decide whether to keep Collins or cut him. This is the most difficult position to evaluate. The Cardinals don’t have enough cornerback depth, but they do have plenty of salary-cap space.
The Ravens signed Murray, McCoy, but the Arizona Cardinals chose to sign McSorley from the practice squad. McSorley will be a backup for Kyler Murray, who is expected to start in 2022. He is still under contract with the Cardinals, despite rumors. He’ll have to learn the offense, but the team’s bye week this week will help him get adjusted.
He played for the Penn State Nittany Lions in college
After redshirting his first year at Penn State, McSorley started every game in his sophomore season and led the Nittany Lions to a combined 31-9 record. In his sophomore season, he won 11 games while leading the team to the Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl appearance. McSorley was often viewed as a defensive back but he was a great fit as a quarterback. When Franklin took over at Penn State, McSorley came with a reputation for second half magic. He threw 104 touchdowns while accumulating 11,275 yards of total offense.
McSorley led Penn State within one field goal in his last game as a starter. Penn State was forced into a draw because Kentucky ran out of time on the final drive. It was a heartbreaking loss for the Nittany Lions, who had beaten Michigan by a score of 49-10. But the sophomore quarterback’s fourth-quarter touchdown drive was the game-winning play in the Big Ten championship.
McSorley was underrated and unheralded while Christian Hackenberg was a star at Penn State. Hackenberg was once projected as the first overall pick. However, he never led the Nittany Lions past seven wins per season and was hindered by a weak offensive line. McSorley could still be a potential NFL quarterback.
The Ravens drafted him in the sixth round, 2019 NFL Draft
Although he isn’t the typical quarterback, Trace McSorley still has the skills and athleticism necessary to succeed in the NFL. He was able complete 59.3% his passes at Penn State throwing for nine touchdowns as well as 25 interceptions. His greatest assets were his legs. He ran for 1,697 yards in college and scored 30 touchdowns while throwing for just a few yards per play. Despite his inexperience and lack of size, he was able to dominate the passing game, accumulating almost 1,500 yards on the ground.
McSorley was the fastest running quarterback at the NFL Scouting Combine and will need to be able to perform in a “do it all” role if he wants Baltimore to succeed. His style will work well with the Ravens’ offense. He was the career leader in passing yards at Penn State and had one of the fastest times at the NFL scouting Combine.
Critics criticized his size and arm strength during the pre-draft process. Although this may have prevented him from being a traditional NFL starting quarterback the Ravens love his gritty running style. Ultimately, his potential is limited if he fails to deliver the NFL-ready production that the Ravens are seeking.
He was beaten out for backup duties by Tyler Huntley in Baltimore
McSorley spent the entire last season on the Ravens practice squad. Huntley, a 2020 undrafted-free agent, was elected to take McSorley’s place. McSorley was able to command the offense well during training camp but Huntley’s production is far superior. Huntley has completed 60.3% this preseason. The Cardinals are expected to name a quarterback in the next few weeks, so McSorley should be the No. 3 quarterback in the interim.
Although neither quarterback has the pedigree or experience of a top-five pick, Huntley is capable of serving as the primary backup to Lamar Jackson. He led Hallandale High School’s perfect regular season record, which included an undefeated record as well as a district championship. Although Huntley is a rookie, he has enough experience and athletic potential to be an effective backup.
There is intense competition among backup quarterbacks. Tyler Huntley was an All-Pac-12 quarterback as a senior. After going undrafted in 2020, he signed with the Ravens’ practice squad and has been with the team’s practice squad since December 18, 2021. The team will make a decision on who to start in the third quarter of the season.
He is a pocket passer
It was not a secret that Trace McSorley was drafted by the Ravens in the sixth round. The 6-2, 225-pound pocket passer from Briar Woods High School was not a highly-coveted prospect. His Recruiting Services rated him as a three star prospect. He was considered a safety by most colleges. Given his size, most quarterback prospects won’t be able to check in at this size. They met Eddie Mason, his trainer who had coached him as an 8-year-old.
The Wisconsin defense dominated the Nittany Lions in the first half, forcing them to run up the middle of the field and forcing Trace McSorley into a traditional pocket passer. McSorley is not perfect, but he makes mistakes when throwing from the pocket. This is a problem for the Penn State offense, and this led the Lions to take to the air during the second half.
Trace McSorley is known for his athleticism, which is one of his greatest strengths. While many quarterbacks struggle with tight passing windows, McSorley is a physical giant and can fit the ball in a window. His pocket awareness and athleticism are remarkable, and he can make great plays through a zone read. He is one the NFL’s best pocket passers and has a lot of potential for his team.
He is a great athlete
Trace McSorley, a former quarterback from Penn State, is an outstanding athlete. The former Penn State quarterback is an excellent athlete with fringe arm strength. Despite his size, he commanded respect as a quarterback at Briar Woods High School. He is a safetender, but many colleges see him as such. Here’s what he did in the 2018 season to earn that respect.
He is versatile enough to play any position, even if it’s a quarterback. Among his strengths are his tackling and catching abilities. The New Orleans Saints used a similar offensive scheme last year with Taysom Hill, and the Ravens hope to use it with McSorley. McSorley can play multiple roles, including running back and receiver, even though the Ravens don’t often use them as quarterbacks.
Though he’s an athlete, Trace McSorley has not been able to turn his college experience into a successful NFL career. He was a third-string quarterback in college, and as a rookie, he was inactive for all but one game. He’s open to contributing to Ravens’ offense, and defense, in the short- and long-term. Even though McSorley doesn’t have the arm strength to be an effective starting quarterback, he can play on defense and play punts, as well as return kicks.