On Monday the Baltimore Ravens signed Albert McClellan to help fill out the teams depth chart at the linebacker position. The move comes just a few weeks after the Ravens released McClellan in their final 53-man roster cuts. However, with C.J. Mosley going down with a knee bone bruise in Thursday’s loss to Cincinnati, the team only had three healthy middle linebackers left on the depth chart.
When looking at the free agent market for this position, the 32-year-old McClellan was an easy choice for the Ravens due to his prior history with the team. McClellan originally joined the Ravens in 2010 as an undrafted rookie and quickly became a standout player on special teams. The middle linebacker also started 23 games on defense in his initial seven-year stint with the Ravens.
To make room for McClellan on the 53-man roster the Ravens have moved Maurice Canady to injured reserve with a hamstring injury. Canady was drafted by Baltimore in 2016 but has struggled with injuries since entering the NFL. This is the third straight year where Canady has landed on injured reserve and the second time for a hamstring injury.
While you can’t replace the talent of a player like Mosley mid-season, fans can be more comfortable with the depth at middle linebacker moving forward. On the other hand, the cornerback core is now on the ropes with Stanley Jean-Baptiste out for the year and Jimmy Smith still two weeks away from returning. It will be interesting to see if the Ravens try to replace Canady now or just hope they can make it through these next two games without significant injuries.
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During the first half of Thursday’s game against the Redskins, cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste suffered an arm injury that forced him to leave the game. Following the Ravens 30-20 victory over Washington, John Harbaugh stated that it appears Jean-Baptiste has a broken arm but the cornerback will undergo further evaluation on Friday.
Jean-Baptiste was a candidate to make the final roster following a strong preseason in which he recorded 12 tackles and two interceptions. The Jimmy Smith suspension also helped his cause as it opened up a spot in the secondary’s depth chart. Now the Ravens will have to decide if they want to fill the hole or carry just five cornerbacks and use the roster spot elsewhere.
The Ravens managed to make it more than halfway through the preseason without any major injury scares but in the last few weeks they have started to pile up. Hayden Hurst and Willie Henry suffered injuries that will have them sidelined for the foreseeable future, while DeShon Elliott will join Jean-Baptiste in the injured reserve list after breaking his arm against Miami last Saturday.
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On Monday morning the Baltimore Ravens announced that they had placed rookie wide receiver Jaleel Scott on injured reserve.
The team will be cutting the roster down to 53 players by the end of the week and this move is likely in conjunction with that. The Ravens have not mentioned Scott in any injury updates even though he did not suit up for Saturday’s game against Miami. Unless there are further updates, fans can assume that Scott is being stashed in the injured reserve list so he does not take up a spot on the 53-man roster.
As a fourth round pick in this years draft, Scott is too valuable of an investment for the Ravens to either cut or risk losing through waivers. However, the rookie failed to display his talents during the preseason by bringing in just one reception for nine yards.
The absence of Scott could open the door for other receivers like Brehsad Perriman, Tim White, and Janarion Grant to make the final roster. Perriman is a former first round pick who would be hard for the Ravens to let go even with his lack of output. White and Grant, on the other hand, are trying to make the team as returners.
The Ravens could also choose to carry just five receivers on the 53-man roster and use the extra spot to add depth elsewhere. The injuries to Hayden Hurst and Willie Henry may force the Ravens to carry an extra tight end or defensive lineman as the regular season approaches.
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