Ravens add a pair of veteran offensive linemen to practice squad
The Baltimore Ravens brought in some experienced offensive line depth for their playoff run by signing center Greg Mancz and offensive tackle Jordan Mills to their practice squad on Tuesday.
Mancz is a sixth-year veteran who entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo and has spent his entire career with the Houston Texans where he has appeared in 58 games and made 28 career starts.
The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder brings positional versatility to play multiple spots on the interior of the offensive line. He started all 16 games at center in 2016 and seven games at right guard in 2017.
Mancz appeared in four games for Houston this past season before being waived on January 7. He only played one snap on offense in the season finale and 20 snaps on special teams from Week 9-11.
Mills is an eight-year veteran who entered the league as a fifth-round pick of the Chicago Bears out of Louisiana Tech.
The 6-foot-5, 316-pounder has started 84 of the 90 career games that he has appeared in, including three straight years as a 16-game starter with the Buffalo Bills during his four-year stint from 2015-2018.
He has played right tackle his entire career and was most recently a member of the Dallas Cowboys’ where he was activated twice during the regular season but didn’t see any game action.
The Ravens entered the regular season already light at the offensive tackle position and became razor-thin when All-Pro blindside protector Ronnie Stanley was lost for the year with an ankle injury in Week Eight.
They have been fortunate enough that Orlando Brown has stayed healthy and played well at left tackle and that the rotation of rookie Tyre Phillips and veteran DJ Fluker has worked out well at right tackle for the most part.
Fluker is currently nursing a knee injury that didn’t cause him to sit out the Wildcard Round of the postseason, but having an experienced insurance policy like Mills could be useful.
To make room for the two new additions, the team released second-year defensive tackle Braxton Hoyett from the practice squad and placed fifth-year offensive guard Parker Ehinger on the practice squad/injured list.