DeSean Jackson has officially been signed to Baltimore's practice squad.
A three-time Pro Bowler and feared deep threat during his 14-year career, Jackson joined his new teammates for Wednesday's practice and is wearing No. 15, which was previously worn by Marquise "Hollywood" Brown.
Jackson posted a hype video Tuesday on Instagram, expressing his excitement about coming to Baltimore and teaming up with Lamar Jackson.
The 35-year-old Jackson has led the NFL in receiving yards four times and has the most 60-plus yard touchdowns (26) in league history.
Jackson split time last season between the Raiders (nine games) and Rams (seven games), catching 20 passes for 454 yards and two touchdowns and still showed his trademark speed. He has impressive career totals of 632 catches for 11,110 yards and 58 touchdowns – numbers that have made him a dangerous game-breaking receiver, particularly during his first nine years in the NFL with the Eagles (six seasons) and Washington (three seasons).
The Ravens are looking for Jackson to stretch the field and deliver some of the explosive plays that have been the hallmark of his career. Baltimore's No. 1 receiver Rashod Bateman has missed the last two games with a foot sprain, and the Ravens have a young receiving corps that also includes Devin Duvernay, who is having his best season, Demarcus Robinson, Tylan Wallace and James Proche II.
With Bateman sidelined, the Ravens' wide receivers have caught 13 passes for 121 yards combined the past two games. On Monday, Head Coach John Harbaugh said Bateman is “close” to returning.
Regardless, Jackson adds experience to the group, while his speed can create opportunities for others. With 11 games still remaining in the regular season, Jackson has ample time to learn Baltimore's offense and gain a comfort level for the second half of the season.
The Patriots reportedly signed wide receiver Raleigh Webb off the Ravens' practice squad, making room for Jackson.