Mellette leaves it all on the field to make Ravens
Do the Ravens want to buck their trend of the past two seasons and keep more than two quarterbacks? On Thursday night against the Rams in their last preseason contest, Caleb Hanie was given the opportunity to play the whole game and try to at least give the Ravens' front office and coaching staff something to think about.
He didn’t start out looking like he would be making much of a final impression. For a chunk of the first half, Hanie was misfiring, missing open receivers. But he started to look much sharper starting with the Ravens’ last possession before halftime. Hanie connected with Aaron Mellette and Marlon Brown, moving the Ravens from their 43 for a touchdown drive (helped enormously by a roughing-the-passer penalty on the Rams and Bobby Rainey’s second extra-effort TD run).
In the second half, Hanie made Tandon Doss look good, particularly on a 40-yard pass play on which the QB dropped the ball right over Doss’ shoulder as if he were hovering above.
In the fourth quarter, Hanie zipped one to Brown right in stride across the middle, and the eye-opening rookie receiver bolted into the end zone for a 50-yard touchdown.
However, given a couple of late chances, Hanie wasn’t able to guide the Ravens to a winning score. And he showed a tendency to guide the ball out of bounds on deep patterns, not giving his receivers a chance to make the catch.
Hanie ended up 20-for-39 for 272 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions. Did he force his way onto the roster? It may be more of a matter of how much the Ravens are concerned about a possible concussion suffered by Tyrod Taylor in the third preseason game.
If the Ravens already were confident Taylor will be fine and ready to step in should anything happen to Joe Flacco and felt content to go the two-quarterback route once again, then Hanie likely didn’t do anything that would force them to change their minds.