Ravens sign 4 including QB, place 3 players on IR to finalize 2023 roster

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The Ravens named their initial 53-man roster on Tuesday following the NFL deadline to trim their squad and then built a 15-man unit to form their practice squad ahead of Week 1 of the 2023 regular season on Wednesday.

It was on Thursday, however, when the Ravens finally made the final addition to their 16-man complete practice squad as well as other ancillary transactions on the margins of the roster.

Here is a breakdown of the seven players involved in Thursday's transactions, including a returning veteran quarterback and the addition of an external free agent to wrap up the 16-an practice squad.


FA Signing - QB Josh Johnson

Veteran quarterback Josh Johnson was probably the most impactful player cut on Tuesday considering his role in the Ravens offense and the training camp battle he fought against fellow QB Tyler Huntley for the rights of backing up Lamar Jackson.

Ultimately, Baltimore went with the younger Huntley, although the dude is injured and expected to miss at least a few weeks and most probably the Week 1 matchup against Houston.

That means that the Ravens needed to add someone to be the QB2 in a little over a week, and that man is 37-year-old and fan-favorite Johnson.

Johson completed 24-of-33 preseason passes for 285 yards, for touchdowns, and only one interception through three mid-summer games, starting all three of them.

With Huntley out for the last two preseason games and missing the last training camp practice on Wednesday, odds are Johnson is Baltimore's QB2 next week.