It’s been less than 48 hours since Robert Griffin III got hurt, yet the Ravens are already on the move. While Griffin is scheduled to return in 4-8 weeks, Baltimore needs another quarterback to guide the Ravens through training camp and the preseason.
The Ravens first reached out to journeyman quarterback, Josh Johnson. Johnson flew into Baltimore and worked out for the team on Monday. The Ravens liked what they saw from Johnson, but the former Buccanneers, Ravens, and Redskins quarterback refused to sign a deal. Johnson knows that Griffin’s short absence virtually guarantees that he will not be able to make the final 53-man roster. Johnson only wants an opportunity to make a team, not to simply throw to the third-string offense in camp.
Johnson left 1 Winning Drive without a deal, so the Ravens needed to act on plan B, Joe Callahan. Callahan, the former Wesley quarterback, signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He made the 53-man roster but was cut in October. He bounced around between the Saints and Browns before landing on the Packers practice squad in December of 2016. He remained with the Packers for most of 2017. After the 2017 season, Callahan was again cut but was picked up by the Eagles. Callahan only stayed on the roster during training camp.
As long as he passes his physical, Joe Callahan will assume the role of a camp arm. Callahan has no real chance of making Baltimore’s 53-man roster, but he will fight to make the practice team or another team’s roster. With Griffin set to miss most of training camp, Callahan will get plenty of reps in practice and more importantly, in preseason games. In these games, he will showcase his abilities for the rest of the league to see. Whether he plays well or not will likely determine his future in the National Football League.