Today, the Baltimore Ravens activated wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo from the practice squad to the 53 man roster. Adeboyejo turned some heads during the offseason, and many speculated that he would make the final roster. Adeboyejo, however, injured his knee, which ultimately kept him off the Ravens’ roster. This move comes in light of Jaylen Hill’s season-ending ACL and MCL tear injury. Hill’s absence opened the door for the Ravens to add another player to the roster. Baltimore chose to go with Adeboyejo as Hill’s replacement for two main reasons. Adeboyejo will fill a role on special teams that Hill kept, along with adding depth to a very thin wide receiver corps. To fill Adeboyejo’s spot on the practice squad, Baltimore added former Jets cornerback Robert Nelson Jr.
Adeboyejo will likely fill the role that Jaylen Hill held on special teams, along with getting some time in the receiving game. The Ravens only have five other wide receivers on the roster. On Saturday, the Ravens were held to just four, as Jeremy Maclin missed the game against the Colts. It is yet to be seen if Maclin will return for the last game of the season against Cincinnati this Sunday. With this move, the Ravens give themselves some options if Maclin is not to return in time.
The Ravens floated the idea of adding another cornerback to the roster, ultimately deciding to add one to the practice squad instead. For a practice squad spot, Baltimore chose the former Jets defensive back Robert Nelson Jr. Now in his third season, Nelson has only ever played in two NFL games, recording just four combined tackles. The Ravens still have defensive back Robertson Daniel on the practice squad they can promote if they want to add more depth to the secondary. Baltimore currently has five cornerbacks on the roster, and two other defensive backs as well.