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Ravens add former Towson receiver Sheppard, running back to practice squad

Posted on 02 September 2013 by Luke Jones

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens completed their practice squad Monday by re-signing former Towson wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard and adding running back Jonas Gray.

Baltimore released undrafted offensive lineman Jordan Devey a day after adding him to their developmental squad.

Sheppard was with the Ravens throughout the offseason and summer before he was waived on Aug. 25, but the McDonough grad left quite an impression on coach John Harbaugh, making his inclusion on the practice squad less surprising. He did not record a catch in the preseason.

“These are men with dreams and aspirations who work really hard, [like] a Gerrard Sheppard — [a] local guy from Towson who just did a great job for us,” Harbaugh said in late August. “He is a really talented, hard-working, good person, and no matter what he does in life, he’s going to be amazingly successful.”

Gray was with the Miami Dolphins in the preseason after spending his college career at Notre Dame. As a senior with the Fighting Irish, Gray carried the ball 114 times for 791 yards and 12 touchdowns. In 40 rushing attempts this preseason, Gray gained 107 yards and two touchdowns.

The Ravens had hoped that running back Bobby Rainey would clear waivers and agree to join their practice squad, but he was claimed by the Cleveland Browns. Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce are the only running backs on the current 53-man roster.

Here’s where the eight-man Baltimore practice squad stands as of now:

S Omar Brown
TE Matt Furstenburg
LB Brandon Copeland
C Reggie Stephens
OT J.J. Unga
DL Cody Larsen
WR Gerrard Sheppard
RB Jonas Gray

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