On Tuesday, the Baltimore Ravens announced the release of tight end, Cole Herdman from the practice squad, and the signing of safety, A.J. Howard to the practice squad in his place. The Ravens make this change to add extra depth after the loss of strong safety, Tony Jefferson. Although Howard will not be directly available to the Ravens for activation on game day unless the team removes one player from the 53-man roster and signs Howard to it. This move simply provides extra depth for a position now in limbo.
Howard played at Appalachian State in college. He joined the NFL in 2018 as an undrafted free agent and spent his first year on the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants practice squad. In 2019, Howard signed with the New England Patriots but was waived after the preseason. Howard will now replace Cole Herdman, the undrafted rookie tight end from Purdue. Herdman signed with the Ravens in the offseason but was waived after the preseason as well.