Baltimore Ravens backup quarterback Tyler Huntley has been absolutely electric through the team’s two preseason victories. Huntley has played extensively with superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson watching from the sidelines. Huntley has taken full advantage of his opportunities. The former Utah standout has completed an astounding 91% of his passing attempts (29-of-32) for 238 yards and two touchdowns. That’s a passer rating of 118.4.
Huntley obviously doesn’t have a chance to win Baltimore’s starting quarterback job with Jackson in the fold. The 24-year-old ascending Huntley is entering a contract year and will become a restricted free agent next offseason. His standout showings could lead to inquiries regarding his availability via trade by other competing franchises—especially if Lamar Jackson ever gets a long-term deal done.
Fellow backup quarterback Anthony Brown has also played well throughout the preseason. Brown completed 10-of-13 passing attempts for 91 yards and two touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
The Ravens aren’t going to be compelled to trade Huntley unless a sweetheart offer arrives given his seamless stylistic fit in the offense if the starter goes down. However, we’ve identified three franchises that could make such an offer for Huntley.
The Seahawks have yet to name a starting quarterback. Veteran journeyman Geno Smith appears to be the in-house favorite after Seahawks general manager John Schneider re-signed him earlier this offseason. Smith is entering his fourth season in Seattle, but this would be his first as their starting quarterback. Drew Lock remains in contention, but Lock suffered an uncontrollable setback when he tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of Seattle’s second exhibition contest, an occurrence that prevented him from laying further stake to his claim.
It may be too late for Huntley to thrust himself into the middle of Seattle’s ongoing quarterback competition for Week 1, but acquiring him would give the Seahawks a talented young signal-caller to develop and groom for later this season and beyond—it’s unlikely that Smith or Lock is the long-term answer in Seattle. Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll proved they’re going to make a careful evaluation at quarterback following their decision to not draft one in the 2022 NFL Draft. Huntley is a low-cost option that would give Seattle more hope for the future than either of the current options do.
NEW YORK GIANTS
Are we positive Daniel Jones is the Giants’ Week 1 starter? Jones was effective in Sunday’s preseason victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, completing 14-of-16 passing attempts for 116 yards and one interception. But Giants head coach Brian Daboll recently confirmed that presumed backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor was going to receive reps with the Giants’ first-team offense. It’s a development that adds a cloud of uncertainty to both the Giants’ immediate and future quarterback situation.
General manager Joe Schoen gutted the Giants’ roster this offseason and possesses no loyalty to Jones, who is entering a fate-deciding contract year. Taylor was signed as a potential bridge option that could start games if necessary this season. Trading for Huntley would allow the Giants’ coaching staff a full season to work alongside him ahead of a 2023 season that seems more and more likely to be played without Jones in New York.
The Lions may roster the most concerning backup quarterback situation across the entire league. Jared Goff remains the starter, but David Blough and Tim Boyle leave plenty to be desired behind him. The Lions are expected to take a sizable step forward this season following last year’s three-win campaign, but an injury to Goff could send the ascending Lions back down to the bottom of the standings.
Lions general manager Brad Holmes is an extremely aggressive decision-maker. After all, Holmes first plied his trade in St. Louis and Los Angeles under the league’s most trade-happy GM in Les Snead. Holmes has proven that some of Snead’s tendencies rubbed off on him following his draft-day trade-up to acquire Jameson Williams.
Goff will receive every opportunity this season to prove he’s capable of serving as Detroit’s quarterback of the future. Holmes has surrounded him with a significantly better cast of weapons than he was surrounded by last season. Acquiring Huntley would immediately upgrade Detroit’s quarterback room while also providing them with an intriguing in-house option for 2023 if they don’t want to spend first-round draft capital on a passer.