On Thursday, the Baltimore Ravens announced, via Twitter, that the team signed Ufomba Kamalu to, and released Marcus Applefield from the practice squad.
We have signed DE Ufomba Kamalu to the practice squad and released OT Marcus Applefield.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) November 14, 2019
Baltimore signed Kamalu to the 53-man roster off the Patriots practice squad earlier this year. He joined the Ravens during the bye week, the week before the Baltimore Ravens were set to host the Patriots. Despite Baltimore’s interest in him, Kamalu never played a snap for the Ravens. He was inactive for both Baltimore’s games against the Patriots and Bengals. The Ravens waived Kamalu in Tuesday’s flurry of moves, that included the signings of Domata Peko and Justin Ellis, and the elevation of rookie cornerback, Iman Marshall, off the practice squad.
Baltimore released Marcus Applefield from the practice squad to make room for Kamalu. The Ravens signed Applefield as an undrafted rookie free agent to the offseason roster this year. The rookie offensive tackle impressed the Ravens, and although Baltimore did not keep him on the initial 53-man roster, the Ravens signed him to the practice squad. Applefield was released from the practice squad a week after his signing. He made it back to the unit last week, as the Ravens wanted to add more depth at the offensive tackle position, with Ronnie Stanley banged up.
The Ravens practice squad has been very fluid this year. Baltimore continues to use it as a way to provide depth for the team, without having to shake up the 53-man roster. Baltimore held Maurice Canady on the practice squad until the Ravens needed to elevate him because of injuries. It is also used to develop players for the future. The Ravens hope that these players can contribute, whether it be in the future, or now as practice players, emulating the style of the opposing team. Although he was cut from the unit, Applefield could make his way back to the practice squad or the Ravens offseason roster next year.