Arizona Cardinals Sign Quarterback Trace McSorley From Ravens Practice Sqaud
Ravens third-string quarterback Trace McSorley was signed from the practice squad on Monday, and will be added to the Arizona Cardinals active roster. The Cardinals, who currently sit atop the NFC at 9-2, have been without starting quarterback Kyler Murray who has missed the last three games with an ankle injury. Backup Colt McCoy has taken over the starting job in place of Murray. McCoy is 2-1 as a starter this season including a 23-13 on Sunday over the Seattle Seahawks. While McCoy has been efficient in his three starts, he is dealing with a pectoral injury that left his status last Sundays game in question. The Cardinals appear to be worried about both Murray and McCoy’s status moving forward and decided to grab McSorley from the Ravens to have a reliable backup option. The Cardinals have a bye this week giving McSorley time to adjust and learn head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense.
McSorley was active for the Ravens for the first time this season on Sunday against the Bears. Quarterback Lamar Jackson was inactive on Sunday with an illness leaving the Ravens with backup Tyler Huntley and McSorley as the only healthy quarterbacks.
Drafted in 2019 in the 6th round out of Penn State, McSorley has spent most of his short career on the Ravens practice squad often being inactive on gamedays. McSorley saw his first NFL game action in 2019 in the season finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers, rushing one time for one yard.
In 2020 McSorley saw snaps in two games. McSorley came in for an injured Robert Griffin III in a week 11 matchup against the Steelers. McSorley completed two passes for 77 yards and a touchdown, in addition to rushing three times for 16 yards in a 19-14 loss. Lamar Jackson was inactive that week after testing positive for Covid-19. McSorley once again came in as relief, this time for Lamar Jackson who began to deal with cramps in week 13 game against the Browns. McSorley completed one pass for 13 yards and rushed two time for one yard, before going down with a knee injury. McSorley was placed on injured reserve ending his season.
Coming into 2021 McSorley was attempting to win the backup job over Tyler Huntley, but was injured in the first preseason game, ending his training camp. McSorley now gets an opportunity in a new system as he continues to prove he is an NFL quarterback.