Ravens announce full 16-player practice squad
The Baltimore Ravens officially announced their practice squad on Sunday afternoon, and they were all familiar faces. The NFL expanded the number of players allowed on practice squads this year due to COVID-19 and all 16 players that the Ravens signed to theirs were brought back from the 23 that they cut to get down to their initial 53-man rosters.
Here the list of the Ravens’ 2020 practice squad in alphabetical order:
- TE Jerell Adams
- OL Aaron Adeoye
- C Trystan Colon-Castillo
- DT Aaron Crawford
- G Terrell Bonds
- DB Khalil Dorsey
- G Will Holden
- QB Tyler Huntley
- LS Nick Moore
- WR Jaylon Moore
- S Jordan Richards
- DE Chauncey Rivers
- S Nigel Warrior
- ILB Kristian Welch
- RB Ty’Son Williams
- TE Eli Wolf
Baltimore did not claim any players from other teams off waivers, and all of the players that they initially released cleared waivers. That was a little surprising given the New York Jets affinity for former and discarded Ravens players thanks to their General Manager Joe Douglas’ connection to the organization from his scouting days.
Here are some other top takeaways from who was brought back on the practice squad:
- Although the team’s 16-year streak of an undrafted rookie making the initial 53-man roster ended on Saturday, there is still a chance that one of the ones that got signed to the practice squad gets brought up to the active roster before for the season opener against the Cleveland Browns next Sunday. A couple of likely candidates could be Colon-Castillo who would serve as a back up to Patrick Mekari at center if Matt Skura isn’t ready to play, Warrior who could provide additional safety help and contribute on special teams, and Wolf who, if healthy, could serve as the third tight end.
- Speaking of tight ends, in addition to bringing back Wolf, the Ravens brought back Adams as one of the six permitted veterans under the 2020 exceptions. The only two true tight ends that the team kept on the initial roster were Mark Andrews and Nick Boyle. Bringing back Wolf and Adams provide them with additional depth at the position for both practice and games.
- Adams isn’t the only veteran that the Ravens brought back on the practice squad. They also resigned Richards to provide another strong veteran presence on special teams and Holden who will serve as a swing tackle and backup guard.
- Had there had been a preseason perhaps Huntley would’ve been able to beat out 2019 sixth-round pick, Trace McSorley, for the third quarterback spot behind Lamar Jackson and primary backup Robert Griffin III. He had a solid camp and also possesses the dual-threat element as a runner and a thrower that the Ravens look for in their players at the position post-Joe Flacco. The former Utah standout will provide some extra insurance in case any of the other quarterbacks on the active roster were to get injured or fall ill.