Ravens Promote Tight End Phillip Supernaw, Make Numerous Roster Moves


Aug 28, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (43) looks over injured tight end Phillip Supernaw (84) during the first half of a preseason game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens were on a mission to find at least one new tight end on Tuesday following Dennis Pitta’s season ending hip injury suffered against the Browns on Sunday.  And it appears they found a couple, as they promoted Phillip Supernaw to the active roster and signed Emmanuel Ojbuehi to the practice squad, as reported by Aaron Wilson at The Baltimore Sun.

The moves came amid a number of tryouts the Ravens conducted Tuesday that included not only Ogbuehi, but also Kellen Davis, Matt Mulligan, and Jake Murphy. The team acted quickly to replace Pitta as they only had two tight ends on the roster following his injury – veteran Owen Daniels and rookie Crockett Gillmore.

Promoting Supernaw gives the Ravens a backup plan with a player who knows the offense.  He spent the summer with the Ravens after he was waived by the Houston Texans.  Supernaw is a former undrafted free agent who has only appeared in one regular season game in the NFL, but made 36 starts in college at Ouachita Baptist.

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Ogbuehi came into the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and originally signed by the Washington Redskins, but has also spent time with the Dolphins and was most recently with the Browns.  Ogbuehi spent his college career at Georgia Tech, where he appeared in 28 games, recording 47 receptions for 581 yards.

On Tuesday, the Ravens also cut running back Fitzgerald Toussaint and resigned Deonte Thompson from the practice squad. The two have been playing a bit of roster shuffle lately, but Toussaint will likely head back to the practice squad now that Bernard Pierce is healthy.

The Detroit Lions signed linebacker Josh Bynes from the Raven’s practice squad as well.  Bynes was waived at final cuts after making numerous starts over the last couple of years with the Ravens, and will provide quality depth for the Lions after they lost Stephen Tulloch to a torn ACL on Sunday.  The Ravens resigned defensive lineman A.J. Pataiali’i to the practice squad to take his place.