The Ravens have assembled much of their initial 2018 practice squad, announcing the addition of eight players to the 11-man group. They still have three open spots.
On Sunday, Baltimore made the following additions to its practice squad:
- G Randin Crecelius
- RB Gus Edwards
- DE/LB Myles Humphrey
- G Nico Siragusa
- RB De’Lance Turner
- TE Darren Waller
- WR/RS Tim White
- FB Christopher Ezeala (international practice player)
The Ravens can keep 11 players on their practice squad instead of the usual 10 because they are part of the NFL’s International Pathway Program. Ezeala may remain on the squad for the entire year without it using a typical roster spot.
Baltimore has reportedly filled one of those three spots by signing cornerback/returner Cyrus Jones, who was cut by the New England Patriots Saturday. Jones was a star at local Gilman School.
Among the notable decisions is keeping two running backs. The Ravens had three talented undrafted running backs with Edwards, Turner and Mark Thompson. Edwards seemed to be the leader of the three in training camp and early in the preseason, but Turner emerged late, including a 65-yard touchdown in Miami.
The Ravens also got to hold onto Siragusa, a 2017 fourth-round pick. Siragusa missed his entire rookie season after suffering a major knee injury but returned to the field this summer and is working to get back to full capacity.
Waller’s talent gets him another year of development and a shot to break out. The 6-foot-6 pass-catching tight end returned from a year-long suspension during training camp and looked good in practice. A sixth-round pick in 2015, he has played in 18 games and made 12 catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
Baltimore chose undrafted rookie Janarion Grant for the 53-man roster, but keeping White on the practice squad is a good backup measure. White flashed his talent as an undrafted rookie last year before spending the season on injured reserve (broken hand).
Humphrey (Shepherd) and Crecelius (Portland State) were two undrafted rookies who stood out this offseason.
The Ravens were not awarded any players off waivers Sunday afternoon (it’s unknown whether they submitted any claims). Defensive tackle Carl Davis was claimed by the Cleveland Browns and offensive tackle Andrew Donnal was picked up by the Detroit Lions. Wide receiver Breshad Perriman has a tryout with the New York Jets on Monday, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Ravens have 11 spots to fill this year. Here’s who is on the developmental team.