The Ravens continued to alter the fringes of their 90-man training camp roster Thursday, signing Logan Payne, a 27-year-old wide receiver who has spent most of his pro career on practice squads.
To make room for Payne, the team waived fullback Jamison Berryhill, an undrafted rookie.
Payne is the fourth player the Ravens have signed in the past 24 hours, following linebackers Ricky Brown and Darryl Blackstock and guard Cord Howard.
The 6-2, 205-pound Payne, who played his college ball at the University of Minnesota, entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent signed by the Seattle Seahawks in 2007. He has since played in just two regular-season games, catching three passes for the Seahawks in 2008.
A knee injury cut short his chance to prove himself in Seattle that year, and he has since spent time on the practice squads of the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets.
He spent the 2011 season on the Jets injured reserve list after suffering a dislocated elbow during the preseason. The Jets waived him three months ago.
Payne becomes the 12th receiver on the Ravens 90-man camp roster. Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith are the starters, and Jacoby Jones is projected as the No. 3 target. The other receivers fighting for roster spots are Tandon Doss, LaQuan Williams, Tommy Streeter, David Reed, Devin Goda, Dorian Graham, Deonte Thompson, Patrick Williams and Payne.
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1. The Ravens are hopeful Earl Thomas will be a leader for their new defense which Thomas called "very complex." "This defense is very complex compared to what we were doing in Seattle,” Thomas said to Ravens media. “We were just playing Cover-3 all the time. Now, we’re making calls on the fly. That’s the biggest adjustment for me.”
Additionally, Thomas told media members after practice that he's made "fast friends" with quarterback Lamar Jackson. "He's a very funny guy, I don't know if you all know that," Thomas said.
2. Speaking of Lamar Jackson, he reportedly had his best day of practice so far this offseason according to Ravens media. Jackson's throws looked much better and he was quick in the pocket.
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Today, the Ravens' veteran quarterback told ESPN's The Undefeated that he's all too familiar with Durant's decision to play and subsequent injury. RG3 likened it to his own brief playoff stint in 2013. Just four weeks removed from an injury to a knee that required reconstructive surgery in college, RG3 started – only to get hit late in the fourth and watch both his season and career come to a screeching halt.
But that's not how RG3 views it.
"I was looking at it like I'm out for here for my brothers. I'm out here for my team. And that was the only place I wasnted to be."
And Griffin doesn't believe he's alone in that thought process, suggesting it was KD's mindset ahead of Game 5 as well.
"Most of us are built to fight. So whenever we get a situation where we’re a little injured or a little banged-up, our first reaction isn’t to get out of there and rest. Our first reaction is to figure out how we can keep going. That’s what makes a guy like Kevin Durant great."
It remains to be seen whether KD's recovery will be smoother than RG3's. The former Heisman Trophy winner never came close to matching his breakout rookie season, eventually losing his starting job in Washington in 2014.
Durant will miss all of next season, meaning the former Montrose Christian star's next NBA appearance would be as a 32 year-old.