Ravens' quarterbacks at a glance

<i>(Editor's note)</i> Following yesterday's QB article by staff staffer Dev Panchwagh, Aaron Wilson gives us his analysis of the Ravens QB position.<br><br> Two independent breakdowns by two staff members. RavensInsider - fair and balanced!<br><br> Watch for complete analysis of other positions over the next couple of weeks running up to the start of training camp.<br><br>


2 Anthony Wright

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 211 Age: 28

Year: 6 

College: South Carolina

Acquired: Free agent, 2002

Resume: Began last season as third quarterback, but led Ravens to AFC North title after quadriceps injury to Kyle Boller. Engineered top comeback in team history with four touchdown passes in a 44-41 overtime victory over the Seattle Seahawks and was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Passed for 1,199 yards, nine touchdowns, and eight interceptions with 52.8-percent accuracy for a 72.3 quarterback rating.

Outlook: Discovery of a partially-torn labrum to his throwing shoulder forced surgery that may keep him out for most of, if not the entire season. Likely to be placed on physically unable to perform list before it's determined whether he'll be placed on injured reserve as he's scheduled to begin light throwing in September.

5 Josh Harris

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 238 Age: 21

Year: Rookie

College: Bowling Green

Acquired: Sixth round, 2004

Resume: Son of former Cincinnati Bengals tight end M.L. Harris is his school's career leader for rushing touchdowns (43), points scored (248) and touchdowns responsible for (102). Honorable-mention All-American pick ranks second in school history with 7,503 passing yards, finishing with 9,976 all-purpose yards and 98 touchdowns.

Outlook: Athletic rookie is the favorite to assume third quarterback duties.

6 Brian Gaither

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 221 Age: 24

Year: Rookie
College: Western Carolina

Acquired: Free agent, 2004

Resume: Passed for 2,761 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior after splitting time as a junior and sophomore. Posted career totals of 5,159 yards, 27 touchdowns and 32 interceptions in 34 games. Rushed for five scores.

Outlook: Needs to improve accuracy, poise to surpass Josh Harris for clipboard role.

7 Kyle Boller

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 220 Age: 23

Year: 2

College: California

Acquired: First round, 2003

Resume: Won five of nine starts as a rookie before quadriceps injury ended his season. Compiled the second-worst quarterback rating in the league (62.4) while completing 51.8 percent of his passes for 1,260 yards, seven touchdowns and nine interceptions. Ravens traded 2004 first-round pick to New England to draft Boller after a banner senior year, impressive workouts.

Outlook: Ravens have entrusted their present and future to a strong-armed talent whose mechanics, fundamentals and accuracy need to improve to upgrade the lowest-ranked passing game in the NFL. For team to make a Super Bowl run, Boller will need to make a quantum leap.

10 Kordell Stewart

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 218 Age: 31

Year: 10

College: Colorado

Acquired: Free agent, 2004

Resume: Mobile former Pittsburgh Steelers starter was the lowest-ranked passer (56.8) in the NFL last season, passing for 1,418 yards with seven touchdowns and 12 interceptions for the Chicago Bears. An MVP candidate and Pro Bowl selection in 2001, Stewart has career totals of 14,746 passing yards, 77 touchdowns, 84 interceptions, 2,851 rushing yards and 38 rushing touchdowns.

Outlook: With his career at a crossroads, Stewart is the designated backup under a one-year, $760,000 contract and until Anthony Wright regains his health. He's not against revising his old "Slash" role, but Brian Billick isn't inclined to play Stewart at anything but quarterback.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times

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