Ravens lose two players to waivers, make no claims

Ravens, Nigel Warrior (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Ravens, Nigel Warrior (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

The waiver period has come and passed and the Baltimore Ravens didn’t make any claims. They did, however, lose a pair of their players to other teams.

Two players who likely would have landed on the team’s practice squad, defensive back Nigel Warrior and running back Nate McCrary, have been claimed off waivers.

Warrior will join the Seattle Seahawks’ active roster while McCrary is headed out west to the Denver Broncos.

Warrior and McCrary were a part of final roster cuts on Tuesday, and after each player impressed this summer, they were both likely bound for the practice squad.

Unfortunately, that won’t happen now.

The Ravens lost two potential practice squad players in Nigel Warrior and Nate McCrary

Warrior impressed this summer, but always faced an uphill battle in a crowded secondary. An undrafted free agent a year ago, Warrior spent nearly his entire rookie season on the practice squad.

He returned looking to crack the 53-man roster in 2021, but again, that was always going to be a tall task.

Other young defensive backs such as Ar’Darius Washington, Geno Stone, and Chris Westry impressed as well, so much so that all three made the team. They even forced out fifth-round rookie Shaun Wade who was sent to the New England Patriots in a trade.

Despite Warrior’s strong showing in training camp and the preseason, the Ravens opted to roll with other young defensive backs instead.

Evidently, the Seattle Seahawks paid close attention to Warrior’s summer and gave him a spot on their active roster.

As for McCrary, the undrafted rookie out of Saginaw Valley State had his moments this summer and could have received roster consideration following the J.K. Dobbins injury.

However, the Ravens opted to roll with Gus Edwards, Ty’Son Williams, and Justice Hill instead leaving McCrary up for grabs on the waiver wire.

The Ravens likely hoped to sneak both Warrior and McCrary onto their practice squad, but other teams scooped them up first.

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This speaks to the amount of depth the Ravens had on their roster, as does the recent trades of Wade, Greg Mancz, and Ben Bredeson. Baltimore simply had too much talent to keep everyone around.