Browns Secure Former Ravens Quarterback Tyler Huntley

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The Cleveland Browns have reached an agreement with former Baltimore Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley for a one-year contract at the veteran minimum salary.

With this addition, the Browns’ quarterback roster now consists of three players, complementing starter Deshaun Watson. 

Last week, Cleveland signed Jameis Winston to serve as Watson’s backup.

Additionally, Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who started three games as a rookie last season following his selection as a fifth-round pick from UCLA, remains part of the Browns’ quarterback corps.

This move provides the Browns with further depth and insurance, particularly given the challenges faced last season when Watson sustained a throwing shoulder injury, limiting him to just six starts before requiring surgery.

In his absence, PJ Walker, Thompson-Robinson, and Joe Flacco all took turns starting games.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski indicated in January that Watson’s recovery from the November surgery is progressing as expected, with a projected return this spring.

Tyler Huntley’s Backup Stint Behind Jackson

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – NOVEMBER 05: Tyler Huntley #2 of the Baltimore Ravens runs with the ball during an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Seattle Seahawks at M&T Bank Stadium on November 05, 2023 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Over the past three seasons, Tyler Huntley has served as the primary backup to Lamar Jackson for the Baltimore Ravens, exhibiting varying levels of success. 

During his tenure, Huntley compiled a 3-7 record as a starter when filling in for the injured Jackson, with his final three starts resulting in losses, including a wild-card playoff defeat against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Despite entering the league undrafted from Utah in 2022, Huntley displayed considerable potential during his four starts in 2021. 

During this period, he averaged 193 passing yards and 59.7 rushing yards per game, nearly orchestrating an upset victory over the Los Angeles Rams, ultimately succumbing 20-19 to the eventual Super Bowl champions.

Huntley’s 2022 Struggles: Shoulder Tendinitis Impact

However, Huntley encountered challenges in 2022, particularly grappling with tendinitis in his throwing shoulder. 

This ailment affected his performance, evidenced by the Ravens averaging 12.3 points in the four regular-season games he started. 

Notably, in a postseason loss to the Bengals, Huntley’s critical fumble with the score tied at 17, returned for a 98-yard touchdown by Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard, proved pivotal.

Throughout his career spanning 20 games, Huntley, aged 26, has amassed 1,957 passing yards, throwing 8 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. 

Despite being a fourth alternate, he secured a surprise Pro Bowl selection in 2022, a season in which he recorded just two touchdown passes, marking the fewest by a quarterback selected to the Pro Bowl since the 1970 merger.

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