Bills use 5-9 receiver Ray-Ray McCloud to mimic Ravens QB Lamar Jackson


Sean_Mcdermott gave reporters an update on Wednesday.
Sal Maiorana and Virginia Butler, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then Buffalo Bills practice squad wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud is paying impressive homage to Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson this week.

Preparing for Jackson has been a perplexing problem for every NFL that has faced him, mainly because there is no backup or practice squad quarterback who can come close to giving the first-string defense a reasonable facsimile of what they’ll be dealing with.

Bills coach Sean McDermott knew his guys, Matt Barkley and Davis Webb, had no chance, so he thought outside the box and he has McCloud, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound quick-twitch player, running the Ravens’ offense in practice.

“I mean, there’s not a lot of guys on rosters around the NFL that can mimic what Lamar does,” said McDermott. “If you have them, they’re probably starting. I can promise that we’ll do the best we can.”

McDermott and the coaches met with McCloud and gave him the job because as a high school player in Tampa, Florida, he was a successful read-option…

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