Welcome to Lunchtime Links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption. Today we take a look at the final practice squad, including how the Baltimore Ravens lost two players to waivers, one player who got cut that may be coming back, and profile one player who made the cut and one who didn’t.
Baltimore Ravens lose two players to waiver claims
When teams cut players as they trim their rosters down to the league maximum of 53, some will inevitably be lost to waiver claims put in by other teams. And the Ravens lost two on Sunday. Offensive lineman A.Q. Shipley was claimed by the Indianapolis Colts, and cornerback Sammy Seamster was picked up by the Miami Dolphins.
Shipley is at least familiar with his new home, as the Colts traded him to the Ravens back in May of last year. Shipley went on to play major snaps for the Ravens in 2013 as he filled in for an injured Kelechi Osemele, and he was solid but unspectacular. The Ravens decided to go with youth, upside, and athleticism in regards to their offensive line depth this season as they transition to a zone read offense.
Derek Cox gets cut, but may be back
The Ravens signed former Jaguar, Charger, and Viking cornerback Derek Cox prior to last Thursday’s preseason finale, and he played quite well after getting a crash course in the defensive playbook. Cox was still let go at final cuts, but as Aaron Wilson at the Baltimore Sun points out, he could be back soon.
Ravens are expected to re-sign Derek Cox as soon as Sunday, according to a source. Procedural move
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) August 30, 2014
If the Ravens sign Cox after game one of the regular season, none of his 2014 salary will be fully guaranteed. This way the team can cut him at any time and not be on the hook for any remaining salary. This makes a ton of sense for a team that has two players on suspension and one on PUP to start the year.
John Urschel makes the cut, Fitzgerald Toussaint doesn’t
John Urschel saw his dream come true as he stuck on the Ravens final roster following Sunday’s cuts. Though this came at the expense of fellow Penn State alum A.Q. Shipley, whom he looked up to and learned from as the offseason progressed. Urschel is a versatile and intelligent player who has a good bit of upside.
Fitzgerald Toussaint saw his dreams of making the final roster go down in flames, but he was able to stick on the Raven’s practice squad. Toussaint put on a show in the final preseason game, racking up 103 yards rushing while rotating snaps with Lorenzo Taliaferro. He joins fellow game four star John Simon on the practice squad, and seems to have already won the hearts of Ravens fans everywhere.