In NFL news today, the Baltimore Ravens added a veteran quarterback today by signing Thad Lewis. He is needed, since Joe Flacco‘s injury is keeping the team’s starter on the sidelines. The team has been shuffling quarterbacks around this summer with Ryan Mallett, who has been the main fill-in along with Josh Woodrum and Dustin Vaughan. To make room for Lewis, the Ravens cut Vaughan.
Lewis is 29 years old and has played in the NFL for seven years for seven different teams. The St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers. But in that time he’s only played in seven games, six of them as a starter. Those games were with the Browns (2012) and Bills (2013). He has a total of 115 completions for 189 attempts, 1,296 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions.
The Ravens will go with Mallett, Lewis, and Woodrum (in that order) in their preseason game on Thursday against the Miami Dolphins. Flacco won’t play during the preseason because of his back, but is expected to be ready for the season opener in Cincinnati on September 10th.
The signing of a second or third string quarterback isn’t big news…except that the team had been considering signing Colin Kaepernick, and rumors were that both the head coach and general manager wanted Kaepernick, but the owner said no. Kaepernick became a free agent at the end of last season and has not been signed. Though his play had diminished since his 2012 Super Bowl appearance, he was still considered one of the top free agent quarterbacks available in the off season. Once it became clear that he was not going to get picked up by a team, there was talk about him being blacklisted because of his kneeling during the National Anthem protests. But it was believed that any significant injury to a starting quarterback would be the opening Kaepernick would need to get back into the league. Both the Ravens and the Dolphins have passed on signing Kaepernick, choosing to go with the less-experienced Lewis and the recently retired Jay Cutler instead.
Kaepernick watch continues.