On Friday, the Baltimore Ravens announced via the Ravens’ social media accounts that the team waived punter Sean Smith. Smith played in just one preseason game, and spent less than a week on Baltimore’s roster. A day later, on Saturday morning, the Ravens found Smith’s replacement. Baltimore signed former Georgia punter, Cameron Nizialek. Nizialek started his football career at Columbia University, but joined the Bulldogs as a graduate transfer in 2017.
Nizialek went undrafted in the 2018 draft, and was not picked up by an NFL team. In 2019, he joined the upstart Alliance of American Football. In the AAF, he played for the Orlando Apollos, coached by Steve Spurrier. The league folded before it could finish its inaugural season.
The Ravens signed Nizialek to punt and kick for the rest of the preseason. Baltimore does not want to risk its star kicker or punter, Justin Tucker and Sam Koch, getting warn out or hurt early. Nizialek has no chance to make Baltimore’s final 53-man roster, but he will undoubtedly use this opportunity to try out for other teams looking for a kicker or punter.