BALTIMORE -- Ravens starting quarterback Lamar Jackson was proud the way rookie backup Trace McSorley performed in his first live NFL action.
“He did great," Jackson said after Baltimore beat the Jaguars 29-0 in the opening preseason game. "I was telling him on the sideline. I was pumped. I was mad that they called the touchdown back, though. We needed that on film.
"The quarterback room, we are a unit, and we needed that in the quarterback room. He did pretty well. He did better than I did in my first game, so he did great.”
McSorley relieved Jackson in the second quarter and completed 9 of 22 pass attempts for 85 yards and one interception, finishing with a 33.3 passer rating. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said McSorley "played well, with a lot of poise."
McSorley had a deft touchdown pass to fellow rookie Miles Boykin called back for offensive holding. He also carried the ball three times for 16 yards.
“I felt pretty good," McSorley said. "Really good learning experience. Made a few throws, missed a couple, so I think it’s one of the things that you can look at the tape, really learn from and take strides on.”
A hand injury to Ravens backup quarterback Robert Griffin III created an opportunity for McSorley to take more reps in practice and the preseason games. He played into fourth quarter against Jacksonville.
McSorley looked comfortable n the pocket against the Jaguars and bounced back from a couple of miscues.
"I think that’s kind of football," McSorley said. "Not everything’s going to go your way. You have to be able to bounce back and focus on the next one; 25 seconds later they’re re-spotting and you’ve got to get the next snap off. So, that is part of the game. There’s going to be some you miss. Obviously, you want to learn from them. I think that’s something that we’ll be able to do big time from this team. Coach [John] Harbaugh talks about it, just taking [it in] stride from this game to the next game.”