The Ravens keep winning games, enduring injuries, and tweaking their roster on a weekly basis to make up for it. That was the case again on a slow-news Tuesday that seemed empty of content... until Baltimore announced a couple of roster moves.
On Tuesday, Oct. 17th, the Ravens published a note announcing the release of a veteran running back and the signing of a freely available safety off waivers to bolster their depleted (yes, once more...) secondary.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the news of the signing of FA safety Andrew Adams to the Practice Squad of the Baltimore Ravens.
Over an hour after Rapoport's leak, Aaron Wilson of KPRC revealed that the Ravens had, in fact, worked out six different defensive backs.
After those little tryouts, held on Tuesday, the Flock decided to go with the former Titans and earlier Super Bowl Champion Adams to bolster their defensive unit.
The full list of players the Ravens met included Adams, Tyler Coyle, Karl Joseph, Armani Marsh, Eric Rowe, and Nigel Warrior.
Already into his 30s, Adams will at least bring a whole lot of experience to the Ravens secondary. He entered the NFL as a UDFA rookie back in 2016 by way of New York as the Giants signed him first. He would later play for Tampa Bay and Tennessee, winning a Super Bowl with the Bucs in 2020.
Adams is coming off a career season in 2022 with the Titans, where he racked up a career-high 62 total tackles, three pass breakups, and pick-six returned for 76 yards. Unfortunately, Adams suffered a torn patella last January landing on injured reserve.
Throughout his career, Adams has appeared in 100 games starting 46 of those. With the recent news about the hamstring injury suffered by starting safety Marcus Williams, it made sense for the Ravens to sign at least one player to their secondary.
Marcus Williams is expected to be sidelined for a while with a hamstring injury labeled as "week to week" by head coach John Harbaugh. Geno Stone, who made a pivotal interception in the Week 6 win against Tennessee, is expected to step into the starting role alongside safety Kyle Hamilton until Williams returns.
Baltimore Ravens open Practice Squad spot by releasing RB Kenyan Drake
In order for the Ravens to sign Adams they had to release someone. Veteran rusher Kenyan Drake was the casualty, which is reasonable considering his low usage since he signed with Baltimore a few weeks ago.
Drake, 29, spent time with the team last season and through a brief spell this year too as the Ravens had to sign someone to fill in with Justice Hill injured and only Gus Edwards avaiable at the position.
The veteran running back only played 12 snaps between Week 3 and Week 4 and all he did was fumble a ball against the Colts. That ended up contributing to the Ravens' loss against Indianapolis, which perhaps factored in the decision of Baltimore to cut him.
With Keaton Mitchell now in the 53-man roster and both Edwards and Hill available and fit to play (along with veteran rusher Melvin Gordon III, still a member of the PS) there was no room for a subpar player like Drake in the Ravens roster.