LeBron James has done everything in his power to remind the NBA that he is a force to be reckoned with. On June 24, 2018, LeBron announced on Instagram that he was taking over for Kyrie Irving as the leader of Team USA Basketball and playing for gold at this year’s World Cup.
The “andre the league” is a phrase that has been used in the NBA for years. It means that a player or team has put themselves on notice of championship aspirations.
Highlights of the article:
- Baltimore Ravens backup quarterback Tyler Huntley is a major admirer of ESPN’s Matt Hasselbeck is a quarterback for the New York Jets..
- During the Jan. 2 program of Sunday NFL Countdown, the former Pro Bowl quarterback lavished accolades on his old teammates.
- If an NFL club is contemplating trading for Huntley and starting him next season, they must go with cautiously.
Tyler Huntley’s tumultuous tenure as the Baltimore Ravens’ starting quarterback may be drawing to a close. With Lamar Jackson now firmly established as the franchise’s face, Huntley might be relegated to backup position by the conclusion of the regular season.
Huntley, an undrafted 2020 prospect, has made an impression in four games and three starts over the previous two months. Indeed, ESPN’s Matt Hasselbeck claims that the Utah product has done enough to earn a starting quarterback role sooner rather than later.
Matt Hasselbeck is a big fan of Tyler Huntley, the Ravens’ backup quarterback.
Huntley took over for Jackson, the 2019 NFL MVP, early that afternoon after the dual-threat quarterback suffered an ankle injury in Week 14. The Ravens’ second-year backup passed for 270 yards and a score and came close to beating Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns.
Huntley scored four all-purpose touchdowns (two passing, two running) in Week 15 and almost defeated Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Huntley not only impressed as a passer, but he also moved the chains with his legs (73 yards on 13 rushes) and appeared at ease in the Ravens’ scheme.
Huntley missed the Bengals’ Week 16 defeat due to COVID-19 regulations, but he definitely accomplished enough before that to make an impact on Hasselbeck, a former Pro Bowl quarterback in his own way. Hasselbeck lavished praise on Huntley early on the Jan. 2 episode of Sunday NFL Countdown.
“I believe Tyler Huntley’s performance puts him in a position to be someone’s starter eventually.” With the sort of performance he’s put out there, I believe he’s put the league on notice.”
Huntley passed for 197 yards and an interception against the Los Angeles Rams in a 20-19 defeat. Later that day, other events, like as the Bengals’ walk-off win against the Kansas City Chiefs, all but ended Ravens supporters’ dreams of making the playoffs. In Week 18, Baltimore must beat the Pittsburgh Steelers and hope that four other teams lose.
Teams should be cautious, particularly if Huntley becomes a popular trade target.
Given the Ravens’ general plague of injuries and COVID-19 issues, Hasselbeck has every right to compliment Huntley, who has performed well in spurts. However, saying he’s “put the league on notice” in recent weeks seems premature.
Most seasons, it seems like there’s that one backup quarterback who gets a few starts, looks competent, holds his own in a head-to-head showdown with Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady, and begins to generate significant media and fan attention. Let’s name it Ryan Fitzpatrick Syndrome for want of a better word.
This isn’t the first time we’ve been here. When Matt Flynn tossed six touchdown passes in a Week 17 win against the Detroit Lions in January 2012, he seemed like the second coming. Despite the fact that the Seattle Seahawks signed him to be their starter, Russell Wilson, the team’s rookie third-round selection, came out on top. Wilson, by the way, is still a touchdown machine in Seattle.
Matt Flynn, a soon-to-be free agent, fired six touchdown passes to help the Packers defeat the Lions on this day in 2012. He had a slew of suitors after that… pic.twitter.com/9xSndyPr5a
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Josh McCown signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after throwing 61 passes from 2008 to 2012. He had a 13-1 TD-INT ratio in eight games with the 2013 Chicago Bears. Despite the fact that Tampa Bay fired him after a year, McCown was able to find regular employment until 2020.
The less said about Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans’ four-year, $72 million deal, the better.
All of this isn’t to imply Huntley is doomed to fail. The bigger issue is that it seems much too soon to hail the second-year quarterback as a game-changer capable of transforming a struggling organization into a postseason contender.
Is Huntley actually going to be available for trade this offseason?
Tyler Huntley of the Baltimore Ravens will play where in 2022? | Patrick Smith/Getty Images
In six games and three starts this season, Huntley, who turns 24 on Feb. 3, had a 67.5 completion %, 940 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. On 6.3 yards per carry, he has ran for 222 yards and two touchdowns.
Huntley would hypothetically complete 69.2 percent of his throws for 3,830 yards, 14 touchdowns, and nine interceptions if his numbers from his previous four games were extrapolated to a full 17-game season. He’d also carry for 9 touchdowns and 901 yards. We have to believe that at least one club, if not more, would be keen to get their hands on such figures.
The issue, and it’s a big one, is that Huntley’s contract runs out at the conclusion of next season. The Ravens may not feel obligated to deal him, particularly because Jackson is set to become a free agency in March 2022.
There’s no reason to suppose the Ravens won’t attempt to extend Jackson’s contract in the coming months. However, if things go wrong or if Jackson is sidelined again next season, the Ravens have a young quarterback waiting in the wings. Why should Huntley be abandoned now?
However, if the Detroit Lions come knocking with numerous draft selections, Hasselbeck may finally get his desire to see more Huntley.
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