Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh didn’t announce a starting QB for tonight’s wild-card game at Cincinnati on Friday, choosing one until game time. However, that might be the most interesting development regarding the Ravens signal callers.
Sources say the Ravens plan to play both quarterbacks Tyler “Snoop” Huntley and Anthony Brown against the Bengals. This is one reason why the announced starter may not be that important; who plays may depend on the package Baltimore uses.
Star quarterback Lamar Jackson is out with a grade 2 PCL strain. Huntley has been battling tendinitis in his shoulder and a wrist injury, but was a full participant on Friday, a sign of his readiness on Sunday, while Brown started last week’s loss to the Bengals.
Harbaugh described himself as “hopeful” Huntley would be able to go and the team did not elevate QB Brett Hundley from the practice squad. Now, it looks like Brown and Huntley will be gone.
While it could be an uphill battle for Baltimore against the Bengals, the two QBs could present a curveball. Of course, Huntley and Brown have different strengths.
Through five games, Huntley has completed 67% of his passes, but also has 43 rushing attempts. Brown has just three rushes in two games and threw it 44 times last week. The hope is to present Cincy’s defense a little more of a challenge.
Asked if he was ready to return, Huntley told reporters on Friday that he had “no nerves.”
“Just excited to get back out there after missing a week,” Huntley said, “it’s a privilege to go out there and play football and I appreciate it.”