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Trace McSorley has gotten reps as a punt returner with Ravens


The Ravens may have their own version of Taysom Hill. At least, that’s how general manager Eric DeCosta sees it.

After drafting former Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley, DeCosta said he envisions the player doing a little bit of everything in Baltimore.

“I think he’s a football player and everything that entails,” DeCosta said. “His skill set is varied and multiple. He’s fast, he’s strong, he’s tough, he’s a playmaker, he’s a football player. We’ve seen teams, for instance the New Orleans Saints with Taysom Hill, we’ve seen other teams find ways to play with players like this and they can help you win football games. He fits our defense, he fits our offense, he fits special teams.”

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.

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 OTAs and minicamp practices.

McSorley said he hopes to use the opportunity to prove himself as an NFL player.

Lamar Jackson is firmly entrenched as the team’s starting quarterback, but that doesn’t mean McSorley won’t see the field. Whatever the team ends up doing with the rookie, though, one thing is certain. It will be unconventional.