Nine players were signed to the Ravens practice squad on Sunday, including second year linebacker John Simon and sixth round rookie Keith Wenning.
Simon was somewhat of a surprising cut following a standout preseason game and overall solid camp. He still has some glaring issues he needs to work on including becoming a better player in space. Expect Simon to be ready step up if injury were to incur, but time on the practice squad will help hone his skills and get him ready for the future.
Baltimore has to be satisfied after being able to retain not only Simon but also Keith Wenning. The organization has been hinting at change at the backup quarterback position with Tyrod Taylor’s contract set to expire.
Wenning, a sixth-round pick out of Wyoming, completed 8 of 13 passes for 117 yards and a 90.9 quarterback rating Thursday night against the New Orleans Saints. Although he has a long way to go, Wenning has shown potential to be a viable backup for Flacco. Now he can focus on mechanics and strengthening his arm while Taylor plays out his final year under contract.
Also signed to the ten man practice squad was rookie running back Fitzgerald Toussaint who played his college ball at Michigan where he rushed for 648 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior last year. Toussaint was a candidate to get scooped up off the waiver wire after a standout performance against the Saints.
The most disappointing of all the cuts was second year guard Ryan Jensen who came into the offseason with potential to start. He received good reviews early on at right tackle and was expected to compete with Ricky Wagner for the starting job but proceeded to having a very disappointing camp which landed him on the practice squad.
The complete list of players named to the practice squad: Tramain Jacobs, Ryan Jensen, Deji Olatoye, A.J. Patailali’i, John Simon, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Keith Wenning, Jamie Meder, Phillip Supernaw.