What Baltimore Ravens waiving Daelin Hayes means

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The Baltimore Ravens released Daelin Hayes which likely signals his time with the Baltimore Ravens is done. Hayes was a fifth-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft, and his career never materialized.

What Baltimore Ravens waiving Daelin Hayes means

In 2020, he injured his ankle just three weeks into his rookie season, which caused him to miss the rest of the season. Then, in August of 2021, he was waived-injured. Because of the injury designation he reverted back to the Baltimore Ravens IR, and spent the season there.

Whether the team did not like the progress of his health, or something with him came up, and the team decided to move. Considering they did not waive him with an injury designation it does seem more likely that he will catch on with a new team this around, after circling back last season.

This is an interesting move for the Baltimore Ravens because it opens up a roster spot and also has them looking rather thin along the edge. Tyus Bowser is the SAM, and Odafe Oweh is now joined by David Ojabo as the primary rushers. Tavis Robinson, the rookie, will slide into the fourth spot, but the depth gets really thin after that.

Considering Robinson is a day-three rookie, Ojabo is coming off a serious injury, Bowser was injured last year, and Oweh took a step back last year, the team could add some depth to this spot on the depth chart.

The rest of the depth includes Jeremiah Moon, Kelle Sanders, and Malik Hamm. The Baltimore Ravens are known for getting something out of their UDFA finds, but at the rate they are at, they are locking one of them onto the roster without even competing in training camp.

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Considering the depth chart could not only use some juice, but also some depth, and they have a roster spot available, you could see the Baltimore Ravens sign an edge rusher in the coming days, or right after OTAs wraps up. It may be a veteran with a real chance to either push Robinson or make the roster as a depth option.