Brett Ratliff Scouting Report

It has been reported that the Jaguars have signed former New York Jets and Cleveland Browns quarterback Brett Ratliff to one of the coveted spots on their practice squad. The primary purpose of the practice squad is for player development and the team apparently believes that Ratliff is a player that could be worthy of developing.

Brett Ratliff spent his first two professional seasons with the Jets after being signed as an undrafted rookie from Utah (he went to Butte College before transferring to Utah). Ratliff spent 2007 on the Jets practice squad before earning a job as the third-string quarterback in 2008.

Kristian Dyer who covers the Jets for had this to say about Ratliff—

"Brett Ratliff is a serviceable third-string quarterback who will do nothing more than lead the scout the team and be a good locker room presence. Despite his strong arm and solid enough mechanics, Ratliff just isn't a starting quarterback in the league. He is, however, very adept at carrying a clipboard and talking into a headset during a timeout."
After spending the first two seasons of his career in New York, Ratliff was dealt to former coach Eric Mangini and the Cleveland Browns as a throw-in in a trade that helped Marc Sanchez land with the Jets.

Barry McBride, czar of (the world's independent non-team affiliated leader in Cleveland Browns coverage) gave his thoughts on the 25-year old signal caller—

"Brett Ratliff was one of many ex-Jets who joined the Cleveland Browns in 2009 as Eric Mangini filled the team with players he knew from his old team. Ratliff's addition was greeted warmly in Cleveland, where many remembered an excellent pre-season performance he had against the Browns in 2008.

Ratliff didn't get any regular-season action behind the dynamic duo of Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson in 2009, and didn't excel in preseason either last year or this season. While blessed with good size (6-4, 224), Ratliff didn't display the stellar judgment or accuracy when matched against the third-strings of pre-season opponents, and was likely doomed from the moment that the Browns drafted Colt McCoy in the third round of this year's draft. Ratliff's pre-season performance didn't help him, although Mangini went into the last week of the pre-season claiming it wasn't impossible that the team would keep four quarterbacks. Going 11-for-19 with no touchdowns and an interception in exhibition games against bottom of the roster players with a 55.7 quarterback rating wasn't enough to show that he had made enough progress to dislodge McCoy."

The odds are slim that Brett Ratliff will become the Jaguars quarterback of the future, or even a legitimate backup, but he's a much better prospect than some of the guys they brought in recently (i.e. Trevor Harris, Paul Smith, Todd Boeckman).

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