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Tyler Huntley Has Earned A Shot To Be An NFL Starter

Tyler Huntley
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Tyler Huntley has seen limited action in his NFL career thus far. What he’s put on tape has been nothing short of impressive. He fits the Baltimore system perfectly and has been a huge help when Lamar Jackson has been down. However, we all know he has no chance to be the starting quarterback in Baltimore at this time. Tyler Huntley with a good team around deserves a chance to be the starting quarterback for another franchise, and there are some teams that could use him right about now.

Who Is This Guy?

Huntley was undrafted out of Utah. He is only 23 years old. He is fast and athletic just like Lamar Jackson on top of being accurate. Huntley raised some eyebrows when he had an over 200 yard passing performance in the preseason. In his two starts for Baltimore this year, he has totaled 743 passing yards with a 3/1 touchdown to interception ratio. He has completed 86 out of his 125 passing attempts, good enough for a 68.8% passer rating. Additionally, he has carried the ball 29 times for 168 yards while averaging 4.9 yards a pop. Huntley has scored twice by running the ball. Raise your hand if your team needs a franchise quarterback moving forward. Well, look no further than this guy…oh and you can put your hands down now.

Best Fits For Tyler Huntley

This year’s college quarterback class is on the weaker side, so teams may opt to look for someone already in the league. Huntley needs a system with a good running game/offensive line, a really good number one running back, and elite pass catchers that can make plays – including a really good tight end. Mark Andrews has amazing chemistry with Huntley. The Steelers come to mind but there is no way in heck they will trade him within the division to a bitter rival. So, let’s break down some teams that fit this criteria. Team number one is the Saints. Kamara fits the bill of a premiere running back with Mark Ingram as a good complement.

If Michael Thomas comes back, no doubt he is the number one receiver. Deonte Harris and Marquez Callaway have emerged has really good options for them, and Tre’Quan Smith is pretty good too. The Saints are lacking in the tight end department but that can be improved. The offensive line overall is solid as well.

The second team that comes to mind is Washington. Antonio Gibson is the top back with JD McKissic playing second fiddle. Terry Mclaurin is insane and Curtis Samuel can be dominant when healthy. The offensive line is in good shape and Logan Thomas is a solid TE, but again there could be improvement there. Seattle is another one. Chris Carson, DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett – yes please. Offensive line and tight end are suspect so that needs to be addressed properly. How about Denver? Javonte Williams has arrived. Fant is great when he is in a rhythm. Sutton and Jeudy need a guy who can get them the ball down field. The offensive line is okay and has some really good pieces. Carolina is a prime example here as well. With the weapons they have, it would be fun to watch. But they need to get it together as a franchise.

Last a couple of dark horse teams – the Raiders and Vikings. The Raiders have the best tight end out of these teams with Darren Waller and the best slot receiver in Hunter Renfrow. The line play has been downright atrocious and they need to get back to running the ball. The Vikings would be the ultimate power move here with Dalvin Cook setting up the read option and Justin Jefferson going deep. But with Cousins playing the way he is, this is sadly unlikely.

Final Thoughts

This is not a guarantee that a move like this will happen. But any team in desperate need of a quarterback and don’t love the college guys this year could take a flyer on Huntley. It’s a low risk high reward situation. The kid has proven that he can play the position at the NFL level so far, so why not give him a shot?

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