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With the Ravens starting a rookie quarterback Sunday, we take a look at the last time a rookie started at quarterback -- Kyle Boller on Sept. 7, 2003, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a 34-15 loss.
Boller, the team's first-round pick (19th overall) in the NFL draft, received the nod over Chris Redman and Anthony Wright for the starting job. He got off to a shaky start, and the Ravens never recovered. His first throw was over the head of running back Jamal Lewis, his third was intercepted by linebacker Kendrell Bell and his fourth was almost picked off by Chad Scott (Maryland).The Ravens' offense managed just one first down in the first quarter, and it didn't cross midfield until there was 8:35 left in the first half. At one point, in the third quarter, the Ravens trailed 27-0.
Boller was 22-for-43 for 152 yards and a quarterback rating of 57.5. He threw his first career interception but also had his first career touchdown pass, a 5-yarder to wide receiver Travis Taylor. ... The Ravens were just 5-for-16 on third-down conversions. ... Boller's counterpart, Tommy Maddox, was 21-for-29 for 260 yards and three touchdowns.
"I don't think that [lack of productivity] has anything to do with Kyle. The offense is made up of 11 people. I think with all of us working on the same page, we can make up for what he doesn't know or doesn't have." - Taylor
"I'd be lying if I didn't say I missed some throws I've got to make. There's definitely times when we could have moved the chains if I wouldn't have made a mistake. It was definitely a lot faster than the preseason. I could tell that right away." - Boller
Source: Baltimore Sun archives