Ravens’ Schaub alleviates concerns with strong preseason debut

Aug 13, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub (8) throws before the preseason NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium.

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Ravens backup quarterback Matt Schaub may have had some fans in Baltimore worried due to his early struggles in training camp, but he showed he is still capable in his preseason debut Thursday night against the Saints.

Schaub hit Michael Campanaro for a 45-yard touchdown strike on his first series, and followed that up with two more drives resulting in field goals. Schaub finished 11-of-18 for 134 yards with an interception that wasn’t entirely his fault. 

The improved performance was a big turnaround from Schaub’s work in training camp. Linebacker Terrell Suggs even got on Schaub at one point in practice for throwing the ball to the wrong team. So does Schaub feel redeemed?

"I don’t think or look at it as a chance to redeem myself," Schaub said via The Baltimore Sun. I’ve gotta go out and just prove that I can play in this league. That’s what everyone has to do no matter if you’re a rookie or if you’re a 20-year veteran. You’ve gotta come out every day and prove that you deserve a spot."

Schaub was happy to get a lot of reps against a defense that wasn’t his own for once. Maybe he just threw a lot of interceptions in practice because the Ravens defense is just that good. 

"It was great to get all the reps that I got," Schaub said. "There’s certainly a lot of things that we have to work on, as you can imagine. It was great to get out there and play against someone else after two weeks of just battling against ourselves."

h/t: Baltimore Sun