The Ravens made room for three new players on their 53-man roster Tuesday afternoon as they continue to shake things up.
Baltimore signed rookie wide receiver/returner Kaelin Clay, tight end Chase Ford and cornerback Cassius Vaughn.
Clay replaces Jeremy Ross (cut), Vaughn replaces Asa Jackson (waived – injured with ankle) and Ford takes the spot of Breshad Perriman (injured reserve).
Clay was an electric All-American returner in college who could immediately take the punt returner job in Baltimore. Ross was the primary punt returner before a fumble Sunday against Jacksonville.
The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Utah product led the Pac-12 and finished fourth in the nation with an average of 15 yards per punt return. He also had three punt returns for touchdowns. Clay averaged 24.9 yards per kickoff return, including one touchdown.
Clay was a sixth-round pick who didn't make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 53-man roster out of training camp. He then landed on the Detroit Lions' practice squad, where the Ravens plucked him.
Ford has played in 20 NFL games, including five starts, for the Minnesota Vikings. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound Miami product went undrafted in 2013 and was on the Vikings' practice squad before the Ravens signed him.
Ford notched 11 catches for 133 yards as a rookie. He followed that up with 23 catches for 258 yards and a touchdown last year.
Vaughn was with the Ravens over the summer, but did not make the 53-man roster out of training camp* *despite having a strong performance in the preseason finale. He notched five tackles, including one for loss, and played well on special teams in that game.
The 28-year-old cornerback last saw regular-season action with the Detroit Lions last season, in which he played 13 games (five starts) and recorded 18 tackles, five passes defensed and two interceptions.