While Boykin has a clear opportunity to play regularly this season, McSorley’s role is not as clearly defined. A sixth-round pick from Penn State, McSorley has the athletic ability to contribute on special teams, but his primary role is at quarterback.
With No. 2 quarterback Robert Griffin III sidelined with an injury to his throwing hand, McSorley is temporarily the No. 2 quarterback and has taken advantage of getting more reps. He has thrown the ball consistently in practice, and while his stats against the Jaguars were not off the charts (9-for-22, 85 yards), McSorley made some nice decisions and added some positive yards with his legs (three carries,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.
“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. Coach [John] Harbaugh talks about it, just taking [it in] stride from this game to the next game.”