08/22 22:53 CDT Trace McSorley impresses in Ravens' 26-15 win over Eagles
Trace McSorley impresses in Ravens' 26-15 win over Eagles
By ROB MAADDI
AP Pro Football Writer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) --- Trace McSorley will be too valuable for special teams
with performances like this.
The rookie quarterback threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for
a score, helping the Baltimore Ravens beat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-15
Thursday night for their 16th straight preseason win.
The game was stopped by the NFL with 11:43 remaining in the fourth quarter
because of lightning after a short delay.
"I thought it was a good night just to come out and move the ball efficiently,
take care of the football, play winning football," McSorley said. "That was the
Carson Wentz again sat out for the Eagles, but several starters saw their first
action this summer and Josh McCown made his debut after ending his brief
retirement to play his 18th season.
With Ravens starter Lamar Jackson watching from the sideline and Robert Griffin
III still out with a thumb injury, McSorley solidified his roster spot. The
sixth-round pick from Penn State has also been practicing on special teams
throughout training camp.
"I thought Trace did a heck of a job," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.
McSorley threw TD passes of 28 yards to Michael Floyd and 7 yards to Jaleel
Scott. He scored on a run from 4 yards out.
"He's a baller. That's why he came in here and did well tonight, and that's why
they brought him here," Ravens tight end Mark Andrews said. "They have a lot of
trust in him. He played a great game, and he's showing maturity."
The teams held joint practices on Monday and Tuesday, giving both starting
quarterbacks plenty of reps against the opposing defense in a controlled
"We've had a lot of good work with him in training camp and a lot of great work
with Baltimore in practice and I'm real comfortable with where he's at, his
development, his growth with the team and the offense," Eagles coach Doug
Pederson said of his decision to keep Wentz out.
McCown tossed a 20-yard TD pass to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and a 9-yarder to Alex
Ellis in the third quarter.
McCown was signed after the Eagles lost backup Nate Sudfeld and No. 3
quarterback Cody Kessler in the first two games. Kessler returned from a
concussion suffered last week and was 3 of 5 for 34 yards.
"It took me a while to get cranked up," McCown said. "I wanted to find a
rhythm. We all looked at like it's an extended practice. I need as much work as
I can get to get caught up to speed and I appreciated the opportunity."
The Ravens haven't lost a preseason game since Sept. 3, 2015, against the
Atlanta Falcons. They've won 35 of the last 44.
"I think it means a lot," McSorley said of the streak. "At the end of the day,
winning is what matters. Coach Harbaugh preaches winning all the time."
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Arcega-Whiteside's TD catch was the first of the preseason for the rookie out
of Stanford. Arcega-Whiteside is the first player born in Spain drafted by an
NFL team. He finished with eight catches for 104 yards.
Baltimore's starting defense has not allowed a point on eight of 10 drives this
preseason. The Ravens haven't faced a starting quarterback.
There were 24 penalties, including 17 in the first half. The Eagles committed
Ravens: WR Marquise "Hollywood" Brown was back on the field for the first time
since suffering a Lisfranc injury at the end of his junior season with
Oklahoma. The Ravens drafted Brown 25th overall. He caught three passes for 17
Eagles: RB Corey Clement and S Rodney McLeod played for the first time since
sustaining season-ending knee injuries last season.
Ravens: At Washington next Thursday night.
Eagles: At New York Jets next Thursday night.
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