5 options to upgrade the Detroit Lions backup quarterback situation
An overlooked draft prospect coming out of the University of Utah in 2019, Huntley made four starts in place of an injured Lamar Jackson last season. He actually saw substantial action in five games, with a 66.1 percent completion rate, three touchdowns, four interceptions and a 77.9 passer rating over those contests. He added 284 rushing yards and two scores on the ground over that stretch.
Huntley’s clear best game last year came in Week 15 against the Green Bay Packers, when he had four total touchdowns and 288 total yards (13 carries for 73 yards and two touchdowns) as he nearly led a complete fourth quarter comeback–a failed two-point conversion in the final minute led to a 31-30 loss.
Going back through the previous week against the Cleveland Browns, when he came in for an injured Jackson, Huntley posted a 99.6 passer rating over those two games with three touchdowns and no interceptions. A stint on the COVID-19 list in Week 16 broke the momentum he might have been building, then he struggled in Week 17 and 18.
Jackson is not going anywhere as the Ravens’ long-term quarterback, barring an unforeseen development in contract extension talks which now finally seem to be happening. So they have an asset in Huntley, if they are willing to part with such an ideal backup to the mobile Jackson.
The Lions should be open to anything to upgrade over Boyle/Blough, and in a certain light Huntley would be a starting option in 2023 if they part ways with Goff. Is that worth offering a later Day 2 draft pick for? Would the Ravens even remotely entertain trading Huntley?
The only way to find out the answer to the last question is to make the call, and a third or fourth-round pick is a price worth considering.
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