Twitter just about exploded when news surfaced that the Ravens were working out former starting quarterback Kyle Boller for some backup competition for Tyrod Taylor this summer. Jason La Canfora of NFL.com broke the news that Boller along with Dennis Dixon would be trying out for Baltimore. Albert Breer later added Curtis Painter to that list.
In case you’ve somehow blocked the Boller-era out of your mind after years of therapy, here’s a brief synopsis on what your forgot.
- Drafted 19th overall by the Ravens in 2003
- 34 starts in his first three seasons: 55.6 completion percentage, 31 touchdowns, 32 interceptions
- Replaced by Steve McNair in 2006
- Served as the Ravens backup for two years before becoming the starter again in 2008
- Landed on the injured reserve in ’08 and has been backing up in St. Louis and Oakland ever since
- Best Boller nickname: Kyle “I should have been a Bowler”
To my knowledge, Boller is the only player that Baltimore fans cheered when he went down with an injury.
La Canfora tweets that the Ravens expect to increase Tyrod Taylor’s role in the offense with more Wildcat packages this season. He expects Boller and Dixon to compete as “more drop back guys a la Flacco.”
Here’s what Michael Scott thought of the news:
Jeff Zrebiec thinks that the Ravens will make their decision on Thursday.