Ravens roster move roundup ahead of Giants game

The Baltimore Ravens made a handful of roster moves a few days ahead of their Week 16 interconference matchup with the New York Giants that is slated to kick off at 1 pm ET on FOX at M&T Bank Stadium.

Here is a breakdown of all the transactions and other roster related moves that transpired on Monday and Tuesday:

WR Chris Moore activated from IR

The veteran wide receiver and special teams ace is finally back on the active roster and officially off injured reserve. He was designated to return after recovering from a hip injury and has been practicing for the last two weeks.

Moore is one of the best special teams players not just on the Ravens’ team but in the entire league when healthy. Head Coach John Harbaugh told reporters on Monday that he was hopeful they would be able to get Moore on the field.

“Chris has probably been healthy for about a week or two,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “I think he’s getting to be 100 percent now. You’ve seen him in practice; he’s really starting to pop a little bit.”

CB Davontae Harris placed on IR

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Davontae Harris, right, breaks up a pass intended for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18) during the second half of an NFL football game, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

Moore coming back is great news but unfortunately, Harris will be headed to the injured reserve which makes the Ravens even more shorthanded at a position that they were already razor-thin at due to injuries.

Harris was claimed off waivers after he was released by the Denver Broncos in mid-November and played in four games with the Ravens. He mostly played special teams but saw a decent amount of time on defense as well.

He recorded 10 tackles and in his first game active, he forced a fumble on a punt return and made an impressive pass breakup against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 12.

S Geno Stone activated from COVID list

Baltimore Ravens Geno Stone runs a drill during an NFL football training camp practice, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Baltimore, Md.(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

The sixth-round rookie safety was the last player left on the Ravens’ Reserve/COVID-19 list from the outbreak that nearly derailed their season earlier this month. Stone will provide additional depth in the secondary as well as on special teams.

TE Eric Tomlinson signed to the active roster

The writing was on the wall for this move to come when the Ravens waived veteran tight end Luke Willson on Saturday and announced that Tomlinson would be using his second and final practice squad elevation against the Jacksonville Jaguars this past Sunday.

Tomlinson originally signed with Baltimore’s practice squad in late November after being waived by the New York Giants earlier in the month. He has played 62 offensive snaps and even made a start in four games with the Ravens.

While he hasn’t recorded a single catch and has been targeted just once, Tomlinson has been great as a blocker in the running games and has helped the collaborative effort to offset the loss of elite blocking tight end Nick Boyle who is on season-ending IR with a knee injury.

In other roster news-

The Ravens released second-year wide receiver, Gary Jennings, from the practice squad and announced their four practice squad protections. The four protected players this week are cornerback Pierre Desir, quarterback Tyler Huntley, long snapper Nick Moore and tight end Eli Wolf.

Huntley is the most notable of the protections because he is the only other healthy quarterback that the team has to serve as the backup to the starter and reigning league MVP, Lamar Jackson. The undrafted rookie took the first snaps of his professional career late against the Jaguars in Week 15 and looked impressive. He finished 2-of-4 for seven yards passing and ran four times for 18 yards.

“Everybody was excited for him to go in there when he got a chance to do it, and I think he made a couple of electric plays,” Harbaugh said. “These are the kind of plays we see in practice all the time. So, I’m proud of him. He played well. That’s great experience for him. So, that’s going to help him going forward this year and down the road.”

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