Ravens QB Trace McSorley working as punt returner

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  • By Logan Reardon NFL.com
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Have the Ravens found their own Taysom Hill?

That's what Baltimore is hoping after drafting quarterback Trace McSorley in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

In addition to his traditional position as Saints quarterback, Hill played tight end, wide receiver and running back. He also joined kickoff and punt coverage and the field goal block unit.

McSorley was a dual-threat player as a three-year starter at Penn State -- he passed for 9,899 yards and 77 touchdowns and ran for 1,697 yards and 30 scores. It's easy to see why the Ravens want to utilize him in different ways.

"You saw what the Saints have done down there with their third quarterback," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said in May, via ESPN. "That's something we'll have a chance to do, too, with Trace. He's going to be able to play special teams as well. The more you can do. You want players with roles, and he's a guy that has a chance to have a big role for us."

While the comparisons to Hill are obvious, the Ravens are testing McSorley out at a position even Hill didn't play in 2018 -- punt returner. McSorley took reps returning punts over the past several weeks at Ravens OTAs and minicamp practices.

"It's something that's a new challenge for me, something that I hadn't really had never done," McSorley said, via the "The Lounge" podcast. "So it's just something interesting to be able to come in and learn and try and prove myself in a different way that I can be able to get on the field and make an impact.

"It's been interesting. It's had its ups and downs, obviously the first couple times doing it, but it's going well. I'm looking forward to be able to come out and do anything that I can, especially in the special teams aspect for the team. I want to prove myself there."

Whatever the Ravens do with McSorley, expect it to be untraditional. Second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson is clearly the starter, but that doesn't mean McSorley won't see the field.

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