The Baltimore Ravens were forced to make as many as 27 subtractions from their roster on Tuesday as a result of roster cutdown day. On Wednesday, it’s time to make some additions.
All 32 NFL teams were forced to trim their rosters to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday resulting in a mass exodus of NFL-caliber talent. Many of those players won’t be unsigned for long.
The waiver wire often presents a golden opportunity for teams to add players to their roster who, for one reason or another, couldn’t stick elsewhere. As the old expression goes, one team’s trash is another team’s treasure.
The Ravens are hoping to find some treasure of their own on the waiver wire this year. They’ll also be looking to bring back a number of the players they released on Tuesday with the goal of signing them to their practice squad.
The next 24-48 hours should be busy with an overwhelming amount of roster moves. That’s why we figured it would be best to make this tracker as somewhat of a one-stop-shop for all your Ravens roster move needs.
Be sure to check back frequently for live updates and analysis of every Ravens waiver-wire addition and practice squad signing.
Ravens waiver wire additions
- LB Del’Shawn Phillips (via New York Jets) – SOURCE
The Ravens make an expected claim at the linebacker position, although it’s not the pass rusher many expected. Phillips was a core special teamer for the Jets last season appearing in all 17 games.
He played more of an off-ball linebacker with the Jets but has experience as more of a typical 3-4 outside linebacker as well. That could be where the Ravens plan to deploy him.
Other Ravens roster moves
- OG Tyre Phillips (released) – SOURCE
This move comes as a bit of surprise as Tyre Phillips was among those competing for the left guard job and was the team’s starting left guard a year ago.
The Ravens reportedly tried to trade Phillips, but after nothing developed, they opted to simply release him. Ben Powers will be the team’s Week 1 left guard.
Ravens practice squad signings
- CB Kevon Seymour – SOURCE
The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec is reporting that the Ravens plan to sign veteran cornerback Kevon Seymour to their practice squad. Seymour was a part of final roster cuts on Tuesday but always seemed like someone who would stick around.
Seymour appeared in nine games for the Ravens last year, making two starts, and will take up one of six veteran spots the team can have on its practice squad.
- QB Anthony Brown – SOURCE
Anthony Brown was signed by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent this year and he showed signs of significant improvement as the year went on.
He was always going to be just a camp arm, but the Ravens will hope he follows the Tyler Huntley trajectory and develops from an undrafted QB to a legitimate NFL quarterback.
- RB Tyler Badie – SOURCE
A sixth-round pick in this year’s draft, Tyler Badie’s fate was sealed when the Ravens signed Kenyan Drake on Tuesday. The rookie running back went unclaimed on waivers allowing Baltimore to add him to the practice squad.
Badie figures to be a stash-and-develop player this year as it’s unlikely he’ll receive many opportunities in such a crowded backfield. Look for him to compete for a roster spot again next summer.
- OT David Sharpe – SOURCE
The Ravens bring back some offensive tackle depth in the form of veteran David Sharpe. Sharpe spent some time with the Ravens last season and is important depth at a position where the team really needs it.
- DL Rayshad Nichols – SOURCE
Another undrafted rookie the Ravens are bringing back, Rayshad Nichols made a few plays this summer and is an ideal player to develop on the practice squad.
The Ravens have found success with players like Nichols in the past and they’ll hope he can develop into a role player on defense in the future.
- WR Makai Polk – SOURCE
One of the more notable undrafted rookie wide receivers this summer, Makai Polk flashed a little in the preseason but didn’t do enough to force his way onto the 53-man roster.
He did do enough to stick around on the practice squad, however, and he might see some time on the active roster if/when injuries hit the wide receiver position.
- WR Raleigh Webb – SOURCE
Add another undrafted rookie wide receiver to the practice squad. Raleigh Webb didn’t flash as much as Makai Polk or the injured Shemar Bridges, but he popped up a few times this summer.
Webb even saw time at safety in the Ravens’ final preseason game, although it’s safe to assume he’ll be used as a wide receiver going forward.
- DL Isaiah Mack – SOURCE
Isaiah Mack was someone many believed could stick around on the 53-man roster. Instead, he (quite fortunately) goes unclaimed on waivers and ends up back on the practice squad.
Mack had a very impressive summer and should be in line to receive some snaps this year given the flexible practice squad rules. Don’t be surprised if he ends up on the active roster before long.
- OLB Jeremiah Moon – SOURCE
The Ravens are still very thin at outside linebacker so it makes sense to bring back undrafted rookie Jeremiah Moon, especially since Chuck Wiley signed with the New York Giants practice squad.
Moon, a 24-year-old out of Florida, will develop on the practice squad and provide depth at a key position of need.
- S/CB Ar’Darius Washington – SOURCE (Ravens)
Ar’Darius Washington was a fan favorite and one of the team’s most notable undrafted signings last year. Unfortunately, a foot injury cut his rookie season short and left him sidelined for most of the summer.
That missed time ultimately cost him a roster spot, but the Ravens were fortunate enough to land him back on the practice squad. He’ll serve as quality safety and nickel depth.
- OLB Steven Means – SOURCE (Ravens)
Steven Means played well for the Ravens this summer and seemed like someone who could sneak onto the active roster. Instead, he lands on the practice squad for the time being.
The veteran edge rusher provides important depth to a thin outside linebacker corps and could see some time on the 53-man roster this season.
- FB Ben Mason – SOURCE (Ravens)
A fifth-round pick in last year’s draft, Ben Mason was a surprising selection at the time and it wasn’t a shock when he was waived as part of final roster cuts a year ago. The same thing happens this summer.
Mason doesn’t have much of a role with Patrick Ricard on the team, but he’ll serve as a young insurance policy for Ricard in 2022 and perhaps the future.
- CB Daryl Worley – SOURCE (Ravens)
Daryl Worley spent time with the Ravens last year and is an experienced cornerback with 70 games and 54 career starts under his belt. He’s someone you want to keep around on the practice squad.
The Ravens love their defensive backs and Worley provides the team with quality depth as one of the team’s six veterans on the practice squad.
- OG Kahlil McKenzie – SOURCE (Ravens)
The son of former NFL GM Reggie McKenzie, Kahlil McKenzie is an intriguing developmental guard who also has experience as a defensive tackle.
The Ravens “cross-trained” McKenzie at both spots last season and it will be interesting to see if they do the same again. The safe bet is to assume he’s used primarily as an offensive lineman.
- WR Binjimen Victor – SOURCE (Ravens)
One more wide receiver added to the practice squad, and it’s former undrafted free agent Binjimen Victor. Victor has spent the last two summers in Baltimore, although he hasn’t made too significant of an impression.
He’s one of three wide receivers on the team’s initial practice squad.