Here are the latest practice squad moves from around the league:
- Signed: OL Greg Mancz, T Jordan Mills
- Released: DT Braxton Hoyett
- Placed on practice squad injured list: G Parker Ehinger
Kansas City Chiefs
- Signed: WR Gehrig Dieter
- Placed on practice squad injured list: CB Deandre Baker
- Released: DL Tyler Clark, QB Jordan Ta’amu
New Orleans Saints
The Ravens became the latest team to get down to 53, cutting a slew of players on Saturday via a team announcement. With the moves, Baltimore ended a 16-year streak of keeping at least one undrafted rookie on the roster, another sign of the impact COVID-19 and the reduced offseason had on roster decisions.
Here are the 23 guys who were let go:
- TE Jerell Adams
- LB Aaron Adeoye
- RB Kenjon Barner
- DB Terrell Bonds
- C Trystan Colon-Castillo
- DT Aaron Crawford
- DB Khalil Dorsey
- G Parker Ehinger
- G Will Holden
- QB Tyler Huntley
- WR Jaylon Moore
- LS Nick Moore
- DB Josh Nurse
- DB Jordan Richards
- DE Chauncey Rivers
- TE Charles Scarff
- WR Jaleel Scott
- P Johnny Townsend
- DB Nigel Warrior
- LB Kristian Welch
- RB Ty’Son Williams
- DE Marcus Willoughby
- TE Eli Wolf
Barner played a somewhat prominent role on a couple of Eagles teams and won Super Bowl LII with the team. Since leaving Philly he’s bounced between New England, Carolina, and Atlanta. Ehinger started a game at guard for Baltimore last year, but couldn’t crack the roster this time around.
Richards was a full-time starter with the Falcons in 2018, and appeared in nine games with Baltimore last year, scoring a touchdown on a fumble recovery. Townsend was the Raiders’ punter in 2018, and just signed with the Ravens a couple of weeks ago. He probably never had too good a chance of beating out Sam Koch, who has been with the Ravens since 2006. Huntley had a very solid college career at Utah, but wasn’t viewed by too many as a legitimate pro passer.
Teams continue to make moves as players report to training camps, with many opting to pare their rosters from 90 to 80 players well before the mid-August deadline. Here are Wednesday’s minor moves:
- Re-signed: G Parker Ehinger
- Waived/injured: CB Tre Roberson
- Waived/injured: DT Ryan Glasgow
- Waived/injured: DE Trevon Young
- Claimed off waivers (from Bills) OL Garrett McGhin
Kansas City Chiefs
- Waived: OL Jovahn Fair, DT Braxton Hoyett, DB Jalen Julius, FB/TE John Lovett, P Tyler Newsome, LB Bryan Wright
New York Jets
- Placed on reserve/retired list: RB Jalin Moore
The Ravens have signed veteran tackle Andre Smith, the team announced. Yesterday, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweeted that Baltimore worked out Smith, along with younger linemen Darrell Williams and Tyler Jones, and obviously the team liked what it saw in the more experienced Smith.
Smith, 32, has not played since November, when the Bengals ended their latest stint with the former top-10 pick. He played in six games this season, starting five, for an embattled Cincinnati offensive line. The team waived the 11th-year veteran in late November, but no team claimed his contract. The Cardinals used Smith as a starter for much of 2018 but cut him during the season, leading the longtime Bengal back to Cincinnati. Smith has started 90 games during his career, but his prime obviously ended years ago. The Texans also auditioned Smith since his latest Bengals departure but did not sign him.
The Ravens opened practice for Saturday’s divisional-round game against the Titans without a tackle on their injury report, but Smith provides veteran insurance in case something should happen to starters Ronnie Stanley and Orlando Brown during their playoff run. James Hurst had served as the swing man behind Stanley and Brown, but he is probably more effective at guard.
Guard Parker Ehinger, who sat out Tuesday’s practice with a shoulder malady, has been placed on IR in a corresponding move.
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Here are Saturday’s minor moves:
- Signed off Broncos’ practice squad: OL Corey Levin
- Signed off Raiders’ practice squad: TE Eric Saubert
- Placed on IR: DB Sherrick McManis, TE Adam Shaheen
New York Giants
A handful of workout notes from around the NFL:
- OL Dino Boyd, OL Parker Ehinger, OL Brandon Hitner, OL Jaryd Jones-Smith (via Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs on Twitter)
Green Bay Packers
Arizona has officially announced their cuts. Notably, the Cardinals trimmed their roster all the way down to 51 players, which they said was in preparation for waiver claims on Sunday. Arizona has first priority in the waiver order, so they’ll almost certainly be claiming some players.
The biggest name on this list is probably tight end Ricky Seals-Jones. He showed a lot of promise as an undrafted rookie in 2017, and was a favorite of Bruce Arians. He fell out of favor when Arians retired, and the new staff didn’t take as kindly to him. Seals-Jones has flashed serious potential, so he should land on his feet soon. Pharoh Cooper was a 2017 All-Pro selection for his return prowess, and the Cardinals claimed him off waivers from the Rams late last season. Three other teams also put in claims for Cooper at the time, so maybe one of them will scoop him up now. Receiver Chad Williams was the team’s third-round pick in 2017, but he barely got on the field during his two seasons in the desert.
QB Charles Kanoff
RB Wes Hills (injury settlement)
OL Rees Odhiambo (waived/injured)
OL Coleman Shelton
OL William Sweet (waived/injured)
OL Patrick Lawrence
OL Jacob Ohnesorge
S Jonathan Owens
S Tyler Sigler