Baltimore Ravens' quarterback watch

WESTMINSTER -- Ravens Insider's daily quarterback glance as Troy Smith, Kyle Boller and Joe Flacco compete for the starting job.

Troy Smith

Positives: Had decent zip and command overall on his throws. Executed a surprise quarterback draw for a touchdown during a red-zone drill.

Negatives: Intercepted three times in first eight throws, picked off by Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Dawan Landry. Nearly intercepted by Samari Rolle, too.

Stock: Moving downward, and he can't afford to play this way against the Vikings in his bid to win the job.

Kyle Boller

Positives: Continued trend of accurate, sound short to intermediate throws. Cognizant of pass rush. Identifying the best targets.

Negatives: Still inaccurate and erratic on deep attempts, needs to improve timing and not throw off his back foot when hurried.

Stock: Moving upward, had the least harried day of the three dueling quarterbacks.

Joe Flacco

Positives: Making better decisions with the football. Footwork is improving, and he seems to have shrugged off a rough NFL debut for the most part.

Negatives: Sacked on a flea-ficker attempt by Brendon Ayanbadejo and Salamon Solano. Wild on too many throws, still bringing too much heat.

Stock: Slightly down as he adjusts to the increased speed of the game.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

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