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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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Maryland TE Furstenburg among Ravens undrafted signings

Posted on 27 April 2013 by WNST Staff

The Ravens completed their 10-man draft process Saturday night, and quickly moved toward the next process of the NFL off-season and an area that they have had huge success in-the rookie free agent pool.

The team invited over 15 players to their off-season camps, highlighted by Maryland TE Matt Furstenburg, who had an impressive showing at the Combine.

Murphy Holloway, who was a member of the NCAA Tournament-bound Ole Miss basketball team, is trying to break onto an NFL roster as a tight end and will attempt to do so in Baltimore. Trying to replicate the success of Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates as converted basketball players, the 6’7” 240 lb Holloway averaged double-digit points for the Rebels this season.

Among the other invites included Army QB Trent Steelman, who will likely try to make it in the NFL as a WR. Towson Tigers WR Gerrard Sheppard also received an invitation to camp from the Ravens, as well as Penn DL and Gilman grad Brandon Copeland.

Jeff Braun, a guard out of West Virginia, signed with the Ravens. Braun played prep basketball and football at Winters Mill High School in Westminster Maryland.

Other rookies receiving invitations to camp from Baltimore include:

Chris Harris, TE-Elon

Jordan Devey, OL-Memphis

Will Pericak, DE-Colorado

Brynden Trawick, S-Troy

Jose Cheeseborough, DB-Florida International

Omarius Hines, H-Back-Florida

Ray Holley, RB/WR-Louisiana Tech

Nathan Stanley, QB-Southeastern Louisiana

Rogers Gaines, OT-Tennessee State

Moe Lee, DB-Utah

 

All of these players and the Ravens 10 draft picks will be in Baltimore Thursday for the start of rookie mini-camp.

 

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