Ravens Claim Tight End Ryan Taylor Off Waivers


The Ravens have claimed former Green Bay Packers tight end Ryan Taylor off waivers.

Green Bay released Taylor Monday after he played in the team's first five games of the season. To make room for Taylor on the active roster, the Ravens cut tight end Phillip Supernaw.

The Ravens also added defensive end Steven Means to the practice squad to fill the spot that opened up when the Texans signed outside linebacker .

Taylor, 26, was a seventh-round pick in the 2011 draft out of North Carolina. He's spent the last four years on Green Bay's active roster, playing in 50 games and catching eight passes for 45 yards and a touchdown.

Taylor has primarily been a reserve tight end and special teamer during his time with the Packers. He'll provide depth behind veteran Owen Daniels and rookie Crockett Gillmore.

The decision to release Supernaw comes just two weeks after he was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad due to the season-ending injury to Dennis Pitta. He played in Week 4 against Carolina, but was inactive Sunday against the Colts after sustaining a thigh injury in practice last week.

Means, 24, was a fifth-round draft pick last year by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played in 10 games last season and notched five tackles, and then the Bucs cut him after one game this year. He will provide depth on the practice squad after the Ravens defensive front his been hobbled with injuries.

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