Ravens sign humongous former Panthers DT to complete 16-man practice squad

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It's over, folks. At least for now, that is. The Baltimore Ravens completed their roster cuts in time for Tuesday's deadline and submitted their 53-man roster then and there.

One day later, on Wednesday, the Ravens Flock signed 15 players to their intial practice squad, and on Thursday they added a final piece to the 16-man secondary unit.

The Ravens signed former Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Bravvion Roy, who was cut by the Chicago Bears ahead of Tuesday, on Thursday to complete their practice squad in a transaction first reported by Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.

Roy found himself on the waiver wire from Chicago this week, having previously played three seasons with Carolina after getting drafted by the Panthers in the 2020 draft.

A former sixth-round pick coming out of Baylor, Roy joined Carolina back in 2020 and spent the last three years with the squad appearing in 45 games of which 15 of them were starts.

Roy is a freakish 6-foot-1 behemoth weighing in at 330 pounds. He is better in bull-rushing duties to prevent pass plays from ending in completions than in run-stopping actions.

During his first three seasons in the NFL, Roy has gone on to contribute 76 tackles (30 solo and 46 assisted) as well as eight quarterback hits, one sack, and three tackles for a loss of yardage.

Pro Football Focus graded Roy as the 86th-best interior defensive lineman in the NFL last season with a mediocre 54.0 grade. He was better in pass-rush duties in particular, where he was graded with a reasonably better 60.9 mark.

Roy has improved his grades on a yearly basis, mind you, going from 43.9 in his rookie season to 47.6 as a sophomore and 54.0 last year.

The Bears didn't deem him good enough to carry him into their initial 53-man roster, and the Ravens jumped at the opportunity of bringing an experienced lineman to their practice squad.

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