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John Harbaugh says Tyler Huntley is starting-caliber QB after accomplishing feat Lamar Jackson has never done

The Baltimore Ravens offense didn’t miss a beat despite Lamar Jackson missing Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. One could argue Tyler Huntley actually enhanced the unit. 

Huntley finished 28 of 40 for 215 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions (99.5 rating) in Sunday’s 31-30 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He also rushed for 73 yards and two scores, becoming the first quarterback in the history of the Ravens to throw for two touchdowns and rush for two touchdowns in a game. 

The Ravens — at the very least — know they have a starting-caliber quarterback if Jackson is out.

“You have to have two quarterbacks that can win for you. Tyler [Huntley] is playing that kind of football,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said when asked if Huntley is a starting-caliber quarterback, agreeing with a reporter on Huntley playing like a starter. “He played really well. 

“I thought today, he took another step forward, just in terms of handling himself, operating on time in rhythm, taking off and running at the right time, accurate throws, all of those things. He took a big step. There’s a lot to be said for experience. Repetition really makes a big difference, and he’s a quick learner.” 

Huntley was undrafted out of Utah in 2020, yet worked his way up to the No. 2 quarterback spot on the Ravens. The second-year quarterback may have played his way into a more prominent role as a starting quarterback down the road for another team. At worst, he’s one of the best backups in the NFL with Baltimore. 

“It’s more meaningful that I got to play a game for the Baltimore Ravens,” Huntley said. “I feel like that’s more meaningful to me than just being able to play. But yes, playing for the Ravens is what you’re happy about. We’ve got a great team. We came out and fought against a great football team – the Packers, Aaron Rodgers – so yes, I feel better in that.” 

“I just can feel the guys around me feeling more confident in me. I think they’ve got a lot more confidence in me than I’ve got in myself, but I feel it’s a good thing, though.” 

Huntley didn’t look like a quarterback making just his second career start, bringing the Ravens back from down 14 points with under five minutes left in the fourth quarter to just a two-point conversion away from the win. The Ravens have developed a No. 2 quarterback with Huntley, who continues to build his prestige every time he steps in for Jackson. 

“He’s a special player. I think everybody who was on that field feels a connection with him,” said Ravens tight end Mark Andrews, who caught both touchdown passes from Huntley on Sunday. “He puts the ball where it needs to be. His eyes are great. I think that, obviously, being behind a guy like Lamar [Jackson], you learn a ton, and he’s been able to absorb all these different things. 

“And I think you’re seeing a special … Obviously, I think he’s going to be a superstar in this league for a long, long time.” 

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