Ravens Rumors

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 10/15/18

We’ll keep track of today’s practice squad moves here:

Arizona Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens

  • Signed: RB Mark Thompson, LB Alvin Jones, OL Randin Crecelius
  • Cut: DB Kai Nacua, WR Andre Levrone

Detroit Lions

Indianapolis Colts

New York Giants

  • Signed: DB Ronald Zamort

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Signed: OL Ruben Holcomb

Tennessee Titans

Alex Lewis Regains Feeling, Cleared To Travel

  • Ravens guard Alex Lewis suffered a scary neck injury that had him down on the field for a while, but he appears to be alright. There was a lot of concern after Lewis was taken to the hospital, but he’s regained feeling in his extremitites and has “been cleared to travel back tonight with team”, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic (Twitter link). Lewis will have more tests tomorrow, but overall it’s very positive news after what initially looked like a very serious injury.

Minor NFL Transactions: 10/13/18

Here are Saturday’s minor moves:

Baltimore Ravens

Cleveland Browns

  • Released via injury settlement: FB Dan Vitale

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

More Practice Squad Updates: 10/9/18

Here are the rest of today’s practice squad moves (earlier version can be found here):

Baltimore Ravens

  • Signed: WR Tim White
  • Released: OL Randin Crecelius

Dallas Cowboys

Houston Texans

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington Redskins

NFL Workout Updates: 10/9/18

Here’s the latest from the workout circuit, courtesy of veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer:

Arizona Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs

New Orleans Saints

Oakland Raiders

San Francisco 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

Minor NFL Transactions: 10/8/18

Here are Monday’s minor moves:

Baltimore Ravens

Chicago Bears

Los Angeles Rams

  • Claimed: CB Darious Williams

Tennessee Titans

Ravens Claim CB Cyrus Jones

The Ravens claimed cornerback Cyrus Jones off waivers from the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets

Jones, 25 in November, was a second-round pick of the Pats in 2016. He saw time on special teams as a kick and punt returner as a rookie, but a torn ACL and partially torn meniscus cost him the 2017 season. This summer, he missed the Patriots’ final cut, wound up on the Ravens’ practice squad, then was signed by the Patriots on Sept. 19. Two weeks later, he’s back with the Ravens, and this time around he’s on the 53-man roster.

The Ravens have Jimmy Smith back on the roster to join top cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Marlon Humphrey, but Anthony Averett has missed three straight games with a hamstring issue. Jones figures to take his place on the depth chart and is probably in line for similar usage on defense. In his two games this year, Averett saw just 18 total snaps, and that was before Smith’s return.

The Patriots brought Jones back primarily for special teams reasons, but Julian Edelman handled two punts in his first game back from suspension on Thursday. With Edelman taking over on punt returns, the Patriots saw little reason to keep Clamp Clampington on the team.

To take Jones’ place on the roster, the Patriots have re-signed running back Kenjon Barner. Barner returned 27 punts in 2017 and averaged 8.9 yards per attempt, so he could find a role on special teams.

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Ravens Activate Jimmy Smith

One of the top players returning from suspension this week, Jimmy Smith will suit up for the first time since Week 13 of last season.

The Ravens activated Smith and waived cornerback Darious Williams. While Williams is now off the Baltimore roster, the team hopes to re-sign him to its practice squad if he clears waivers, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com tweets.

Williams played in three games this season, seeing action strictly on special teams. But with Smith back, that left one less spot available for a corner on this roster.

Suspended after an alleged domestic violence incident, Smith will return to a Ravens defense already playing well. They’re carrying the No. 3 DVOA defense into Week 5, and Smith performed as Baltimore’s best corner last season.

This will be the 30-year-old defender’s eighth Ravens season, and while it should be expected he’ll start soon, defensive coordinator Wink Martindale said he won’t disrupt Brandon Carr‘s 164-game start streak because of Smith’s return.

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Jimmy Smith Might Not Start Sunday

  • Jimmy Smith‘s return to action this week doesn’t appear to mean Brandon Carr will be bumped from first-string duties. The 11th-year cornerback has started 164 straight games (and every game he’s played as an NFLer), and Ravens DC Wink Martindale doesn’t plan on stopping that run, Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com notes. Smith is eligible to return after a four-game suspension. Carr, Marlon Humphrey and slot man Tavon Young have worked as Baltimore’s top three corners this season. Smith was thriving prior to his season-ending injury last year, so it should be expected he’ll play a big role soon, even if he doesn’t start immediately. Carr’s 164-game start streak resides as the longest among defensive players by 28 games.

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 10/4/18

We’ll keep track of today’s practice squad moves here:

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

Green Bay Packers

Kansas City Chiefs

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles