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Friday, August 1, 2008
Ravens still waiting for separation at QB

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

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So far, after nearly two weeks of practices, the Baltimore Ravens' three-way quarterback race remains where it started.

It's a stalemate.

Troy Smith, Kyle Boller and Joe Flacco arrived in Westminster, Md., before the veterans to get the competition underway as soon as possible. Each player has had their good and bad days, which is making it difficult for the Ravens to evaluate.

"We're just balancing it out," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told reporters. "Everybody's taking equal reps...You'd like to think that somebody, or two guys in some way, will start to get separated on its own and I think it will. But if it doesn't, we've got to let it play out."

After traveling to Westminster to watch the three quarterbacks during the first week of camp, the competition looked eerily similar to last year's battle in Cleveland between Derek Anderson and Charlie Frye. Neither player took hold of the position, and Frye won the job by default because he made the fewest mistakes.

Former Browns first-round pick Brady Quinn had the best preseason in 2007, but his late arrival left him out of the competition.

It doesn't appear much has changed from the first and second week with Baltimore. The Ravens will make their preseason debut under Harbaugh on Aug. 7 when the team plays the New England Patriots, and the coaching staff still doesn't have a starter in mind for that game.

"We'll figure that out probably two days before the first preseason game," Harbaugh said.