And on top of that stool following a recent practice session here in suburban Baltimore was a purple-covered offensive playbook that appeared to be at least six inches thick.
Summer may be near and Beck may not be the starting quarterback for the Ravens. But that playbook, with his uniform No. 12 on the front, is a constant reminder of what it takes to be a trusty backup in the National Football League at the most important position.
Just ask one of the players he throws the ball to on a regular basis at practice.
"You have to stay on your toes. You have to be ready," said Demetrius Williams (Oregon), a wide receiver for the Ravens. "You have to be a team player. John is a good guy. He is going to study hard and be ready. It is all about the team."