Ravens shuffle camp arms, sign quarterback Thad Lewis

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The Ravens signed a quarterback.

No, not that one.

The team announced they had signed journeyman backup Thad Lewis, and waived Dustin Vaughan to create the roster spot.

Lewis has knocked around the league, and has played well enough when he’s had a chance to justify being someone’s third-stringer.

The former Duke quarterback has done time with the Rams, Browns twice, Lions, Bills, Texans, Eagles, and 49ers.

He hasn’t actually played in a game since 2013 for Buffalo, and he’s coming back from a torn ACL which ended his time in San Francisco, where he backed up some guy named Colin Kaepernick who can’t get a job.

21 responses to “Ravens shuffle camp arms, sign quarterback Thad Lewis

  1. And this move tells you why so many NFL teams have such difficulty even getting to the SB. They hire anybody to fill in the position they say is the most important position on the field and the highest paid! So, now, any backup will do? Which is it? If you will make a move like this for the backup QB then why do they overpay the starter? Why would anyone put all their eggs in one basket and should that QB go down, the season is done! Do you need a great QB to win the SB or not? If you believe you do, then what sense does this move make? What a waste as was the previous hires and fires of QB’s. They must have nothing else to do.

  2. Even if Flacco was out for the whole season, I seriously doubt the Ravens actually sign Kaepernick. The media circus is not worth the gamble on a Qb that really wasn’t that good on the last team that employed him.
    Think about it, If Zeke Elliott did this, do you honestly think he would be unemployed? No, he is one of the best at his job. Kaepernick isn’t, Yes, once upon a time he led his team to a super bowl… but that is history.
    Mallet is a little worse, possibly better at this point, and he does not cause a media circus.

  3. Not discounting the fact that Kap should be signed at this point, and I disagree with all the reasoning he is not signed, but do we really think he would have signed a most likely veteran minimum contract like Thad just signed to compete for a 2nd or 3rd string role? If his time comes this year it will be when a starter goes down and a team is desperate for a talented QB. This signing is irrelevant to Kaepernick’s situation, but yet every time a camp arm signs we hear about it.

  4. You write these articles with the assumption that Kaepernick would be just fine taking a 3rd string position. That seems to me like a lofty assumption to make.

  5. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says:
    August 14, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Of course that loser can’t get a job. He rendered himself unemployable, at least by any respectable organization. Why is that so hard to understand?
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    What you apparently don’t understand is that the Ravens aren’t a respectable organization, so Kaepernick would fit right in.

  6. Tebow is available and the Ravens still have a defense. Baltimore is Satan’s home town though, so even Tebow would have his hands full in the 4th quarter.

  7. Kaep doesn’t want to be a camp arm. He doesn’t want to be a backup. So why is everyone throwing a fit when other QBs get signed to fill these positions? Kaep wants to start. There are no starting jobs. If Kaep lowered his price, his backup-level talent would most definitely be a backup in the NFL right now, but that’s now what he wants.

  8. Does anyone know if this guy could be added to the practice squad given all that past experience? Once Flacco is back he could be gone already. Ravens usually put the third camp QB on the practice squad and my guess that’ll be Josh.

  9. spartan01 says:
    August 14, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    “Does anyone know if this guy could be added to the practice squad given all that past experience?”

    According to the Practice Squad rules; which read like Greek, he’s not eligible for the Practice Squad for a couple of reasons. He’s already been on a Practice Squad twice and he has an “accrued” NFL Season for being active for 6 games or more in a season.

  10. The Ravens are pretty tight up against the salary cap right now and they have a lot of holes to address thanks to the injury situation and the early retirement of John Urschel. They have suffered a lot of injuries to the offensive line and are scrambling to fill slots up and already signed Austin Howard. They’ve been linked to Nick Mangold and now more recently reuniting with Jeremy Zuttah. They have one purely healthy TE on the roster in Nick Boyle. Maxx Williams is recovering from a rare surgery on his knee that apparently no NFL player has ever had before (according to coach Harbaugh), and a 37 year old Ben Watson coming off of an Achilles tendon tear. Darren Waller has been suspended for the year. Their secondary has also lost two guys for the season they were counting on to be starters and they are one more injury away from needing to sign some FA talent there as well. Thad Lewis is who they could afford right now considering how they had $10 million of salary cap space left; probably a little less now with the Lewis signing.

  11. Michael Fergus says:
    August 14, 2017 at 11:03 am

    “Kaep doesn’t want to be a camp arm. He doesn’t want to be a backup. So why is everyone throwing a fit when other QBs get signed to fill these positions? Kaep wants to start. There are no starting jobs. If Kaep lowered his price, his backup-level talent would most definitely be a backup in the NFL right now, but that’s now what he wants.”

    When you factor in the Ravens cap space; or lack thereof, and all of their needs due to the injury bug I don’t think they could afford to pay CK what he SO rightly deserves.

  12. Thad is better than some of the backups in the league. His knee is the only thing that prevented him from being signed already. He has everything you want in a backup. Great teammate, stand-up guy, can play if needed, and isn’t a sideshow.

  13. he is better than Mallett and should be the number 2 quarterback. Unless Mallett has an unwritten promise to be number 2 or to be on the team,period.

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