Jaelon Acklin

Ravens TE Darren Waller Reinstated

Ravens tight end Darren Waller has been reinstated after serving a yearlong suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. In order to bring him back on the roster, the Ravens have waived/injured wide receiver Jaelon Acklin

Waller, 26 in September, served a four-game substance abuse ban in 2016, so his second violation of the substance abuse policy last year resulted in a one year suspension. The tight end was forced to sit out the entire year and lost out on $615K in salary.

In 2016, Waller had ten catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns. His offensive output was minimal, but he appeared on nearly half of Baltimore’s special teams snaps.

This year, he faced an uphill battle to make the roster. The Ravens drafted two tight ends in Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews, meaning that Nick Boyle, Maxx Williams, and Vince Mayle are competing for one or maybe two spots. For what it’s worth, it appears that the Ravens will at least give Waller an opportunity to play catchup and make the final cut.

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Ravens Sign 15 UDFAs

The Ravens have signed 15 undrafted free agents. Here’s the complete list:

  • Jaelon Acklin, WR (Western Illinois)
  • Randin Crecelius, OL (Portland State)
  • Gus Edwards, RB (Rutgers
  • Justin Evans, G (South Carolina State)
  • Nick Keizer, TE (Grand Valley State)
  • Andre Levrone, WR (Virginia)
  • Mason McKendrick, LB (John Carroll)
  • Christian LaCouture, DL (LSU)
  • Alvin Jones, LB (UTEP)
  • Trent Sieg, LS (Colorado State)
  • Mark Thompson, RB (Florida)
  • Alex Thompson, C (Monmouth)
  • De’Lance Turner, RB (Alcorn State)
  • Kaare Vedvik, P (Marshall)
  • Darious Williams, DB (UAB)

Jones started 43 games at UTEP and tallied 40 tackles for a loss over the course of his NFL career. That’s a pretty solid showing for someone who played quarterback in high school and was initially recruited to UTEP as a safety.

Five Florida Gators were drafted last week, but Thompson did not hear his name called. The talented running back will now get his opportunity to go from the Ravens’ 90-man offseason roster to their 53-man roster in the fall. In a limited sample of work, he averaged 5.1 yards per carry as a senior, though ball security was an issue for him at UF. He’ll have to keep the fumbles to a minimum this offseason as the team already has four running backs on the roster in Alex Collins, Javorius Allen, John Crockett, and Kenneth Dixon plus two other UDFA RBs in Edwards and Turner.