Ravens officially have a full 16-player practice squad ahead of Week 1

Ravens, Anthony Levine Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Ravens, Anthony Levine Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports /

The Baltimore Ravens have officially signed the 16th and final member of their initial practice squad prior to the start of the 2021 season.

On Wednesday, the Ravens officially announced that they had signed both running back Le’Veon Bell and defensive tackle Reginald “Kahlil” McKenzie to their practice squad.

The Bell signing was reported on Tuesday, but the team didn’t announce it until today. As for McKenzie, he was brought in for a visit on Tuesday and made a good enough impression to earn a contract.

McKenzie is the son of former Raiders general manager, Reggie McKenzie, and provides additional defensive line depth as one of two defensive linemen on the practice squad.

The Ravens have a full practice squad following the additions of Le’Veon Bell and Reginald McKenzie

Below is a quick look at the Ravens’ full 16-player practice squad.

  • Le’Veon Bell, RB
  • Josh Bynes, LB
  • Adrian Ealy, OT
  • Justin Ellis, NT
  • Blake Gallagher, LB
  • Devin Gray, WR
  • Anthony Levine, S
  • Reginald McKenzie, DT
  • Trace McSorley, QB
  • Jaylon Moore, WR
  • Tony Poljan, TE
  • Andre Smith, OT
  • Chris Smith, OLB
  • Johnny Townsend, P
  • Jake Verity, K
  • Binjimen Victor, WR

The Ravens were forced to release safety Jordan Richards following the Bell signing with each team only permitted to carry six veterans on their practice squad.

But the presence of Anthony Levine made Richards expendable, especially given that the Ravens are already carrying five safeties on their active roster.

The team has two linebackers on their practice squad in Josh Bynes, a 10-year veteran who is in his third stint with the organization, and Blake Gallagher, a former undrafted free agent who was with the team during rookie minicamp.

Undrafted rookie Adrian Ealy and veteran Andre Smith give the Ravens additional offensive line depth, especially with no true swing tackle on the active roster.

Other notable players such as Trace McSorley and Justin Ellis could see time on the 53-man roster if injuries occur. Ellis is a prime candidate to receive a gameday elevation.

The Ravens have also opted to carry an emergency kicker and punter, something many teams have chosen to do as a safety net for any COVID-related absences.

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The practice squad will change throughout the season, but the full 16-man unit is now complete ahead of Week 1.