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Ravens release quarterback Wenning, tight end Supernaw

Posted on 12 May 2015 by Luke Jones

The Ravens made several roster moves Tuesday including the releases of quarterback Keith Wenning and tight end Phillip Supernaw.

A 2014 sixth-round pick, Wenning spent his entire rookie season on the Baltimore practice squad and was once viewed as a potential long-term backup for starter Joe Flacco. However, the free-agent acquisition of veteran Matt Schaub made it clear that the Ravens didn’t think much of Wenning’s future with the organization.

The Ravens will also give spring and summer reps to former North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner and rookie Jerry Lovelocke, an undrafted free agent from Prairie View A&M.

Supernaw spent last season bouncing back and forth between the practice squad and the 53-man roster and even spent a brief time with the Kansas City Chiefs. In eight total games, he caught three passes for 30 yards.

With the Ravens selecting tight ends Max Williams and Nick Boyle in this year’s draft to join 2014 third-round pick Crockett Gillmore, it was apparent that Supernaw was quite low on the depth chart. Veteran Dennis Pitta still hopes to play again this season, but his status remains in doubt despite a guaranteed 2015 salary.

The Ravens signed Alabama guard Leon Brown, James Madison wide receiver Daniel Brown, and Rhode Island inside linebacker Andrew Bose. In addition to Wenning and Supernaw, rookie free agent outside linebacker Darius Allen was cut on Tuesday afternoon.

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Veteran tight end Daniels follows Kubiak to Denver

Posted on 10 March 2015 by Luke Jones

Former Ravens tight end Owen Daniels will reunite again with Gary Kubiak again after agreeing to a three-year contract with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old veteran followed Kubiak to Baltimore last year after they had spent eight years together in Houston and will now catch passes from future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. The deal is worth a total of $12 million, according to The Denver Post.

Daniels’ departure leaves the Ravens lacking at the tight end position with their only healthy options with experience on the current roster being 2014 third-round pick Crockett Gillmore and former practice-squad member Phillip Supernaw. The status of Dennis Pitta has yet to be determined for the 2015 season after he suffered a second serious hip injury in 14 months last September, but the Ravens cannot count on his availability.

In 15 games last season, Daniels caught 48 passes for 527 yards and four touchdowns while serving as a reliable option for quarterback Joe Flacco. Head coach John Harbaugh expressed hope last month that Daniels would return to the Ravens.

“We’ve talked to Owen, and Owen says he wants to come back,” Harbaugh said. “I’m sure that he and his agent will talk about what’s best for them financially, and every other way, but he’s very interested in coming back here.”

Of course, with the Ravens’ limited salary cap space and Daniels’ history with Kubiak, Broncos offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, and Broncos tight end coach Brian Pariani, Denver was the natural landing spot for the two-time Pro Bowl selection.

The Ravens will see Daniels in 2015 as they visit Denver during the regular season.

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Uncertainty surrounds tight end position for Ravens this offseason

Posted on 28 January 2015 by Luke Jones

Perhaps it’s fitting that the Ravens hired a relative unknown to become their new tight ends coach with so much uncertainty surrounding the position this offseason.

Head coach John Harbaugh announced Wednesday that former NFL tight end and 2014 coaching intern Richard Angulo was being promoted to oversee a position that could look very different for the Ravens next season. With Owen Daniels an unrestricted free agent and Dennis Pitta’s future still unclear, only 2014 third-round pick Crockett Gillmore is a sure bet to be in the mix next season.

Gillmore is looking forward to working with Angulo after both men were new to the Ravens this past season. Handling offensive quality control duties under former coordinator Gary Kubiak, Angulo worked two seasons as the offensive line and strength and conditioning coach at Trinity International University before coming to Baltimore in 2014.

The 6-foot-8 Angulo made 17 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown in a six-year career with stops at St. Louis, Minnesota, Chicago, Jacksonville, and Cleveland.

“He helped me out a lot last year,” Gillmore told WNST.net on Super Bowl Radio Row in Phoenix. “He’d come in and we’d work on some little things, but he’s done a really good job throughout my [learning] process. He’s a player. He’s been around the league, so he has that insight. It’s really pretty much a fresh start for us. He was around, but he had other duties. Now that he can just focus on this, I’m really excited to see what he can do.”

With new offensive coordinator Marc Trestman bringing former Chicago Bears tight ends coach Andy Bischoff with him to Baltimore, many assumed he would have the same title in Baltimore, but Harbaugh hasn’t shied away from hiring younger position coaches after hiring running backs coach Thomas Hammock and wide receivers coach Bobby Engram from the collegiate ranks last year. Bischoff will instead be an offensive quality control coach with Angulo coaching the tight ends.

Angulo will hope to have some veteran experience to work with as the Ravens would like to re-sign Daniels at the right price. After Pitta was limited to just three games before suffering a second devastating right hip injury in a 14-month period, the 32-year-old Daniels caught 48 passes for 527 yards and four touchdowns.

Harbaugh has expressed cautious optimism regarding the football future of Pitta whenever asked for updates over the last couple months, but the eighth-year coach declined to offer specifics last week about the results of the tight end’s recent meeting with specialists.

“I did get kind of an overview of that report from our trainer that I wouldn’t really want to share until Dennis has had a chance to kind of consider all of the ramifications of it,” Harbaugh said. “But I think we’ll have something on that in a couple of weeks, kind of on Dennis’ time frame. We’ll see where that goes.”

For now, Gillmore is the surest thing on the roster despite only making 10 catches for 121 yards and a touchdown in the regular season. However, the Colorado State product became a bigger part of the offense as the season progressed and caught six passes for 98 yards over the final five games of the season counting the playoffs.

A year ago at this time, Gillmore was just coming off playing in the Senior Bowl and in the midst of the draft process. Now, he’s glad to be an NFL player attending the Super Bowl on Sunday before diving into his first full offseason.

“I know there’s a lot to work on. Nobody’s perfect, but I feel really good about the season I’m coming off of,” Gillmore said. “I did what I wanted to do as far as getting on the field and making an impact in the passing and running games and special teams. I want to continue to build on all three aspects.”

The Ravens will likely take a look at the draft as well as free agency if Daniels departs via free agency, but they’re hoping Gillmore’s late-season improvement is a sign of more to come from a tight end who has admitted to having more of a blocking mentality than that of a pass-catcher.

Catching both of his touchdowns — one in the wild-card round — against the Pittsburgh Steelers was a good start in helping his popularity in Baltimore.

“I like that. I like spiking it into the stands,” said Gillmore as he smiled. “I like scoring on Pittsburgh. I like beating Pittsburgh.”

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Forsett questionable, Torrey Smith probable for Sunday’s game in Miami

Posted on 05 December 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens received encouraging news for the last practice of the week with the returns of wide receiver Torrey Smith, running back Justin Forsett, and center Jeremy Zuttah as they made final preparations for Sunday’s game in Miami.

Forsett (knee) was listed as questionable on the final injury report while Smith (knee) and Zuttah (ankle) were designated as probable to play on Sunday. All three were present and working during the portion of practice open to media after missing workouts on Wednesday and Thursday. Smith and Zuttah practiced fully while Forsett was a limited participant.

Despite his designation, Forsett is expected to play as the Ravens face a critical game against the Dolphins in the landscape of the AFC wild-card race.

“Just resting up,” said Forsett about missing Wednesday’s practice. “Regular soreness, especially coming into December. Just trying to take care of the body and take care of the little nicks and knacks I’ve gotten over the course of the year.”

Rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore was listed as questionable to play against the Dolphins after missing his second straight practice on Friday. The Ravens promoted tight end Phillip Supernaw to the 53-man roster on Friday, a good indication that Gillmore’s status is in jeopardy for Sunday. Supernaw takes the place of the suspended Haloti Ngata on the active roster.

Rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro (thigh) and linebacker Albert McClellan (thigh) were also designated as questionable to play after Campanaro practiced fully all week and McClellan was limited. Campanaro hasn’t played in a game since injuring his hamstring against Cincinnati on Oct. 26.

Wide receiver Marlon Brown (concussion) has been cleared and is probable to play Sunday after practicing fully on Thursday and Friday.

Cornerback Tramain Jacobs was ruled out with a thigh injury after failing to practice on Friday.

Wide receiver Steve Smith, tight end Owen Daniels, linebacker Daryl Smith, and defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson all returned to practice after being absent Thursday for non-injury reasons. Smith and Daniels received the day off while Tyson faced jury duty. Veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs did not practice Friday with what was listed as a non-injury reason.

All four were listed as probable.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins listed starting cornerback Cortland Finnegan (ankle) as doubtful for Sunday’s game and tight end Charles Clay (hamstring) as questionable. Five other starters were designated as questionable.

John Parry will be the referee for Sunday’s game in Miami.

The forecast for kickoff calls for mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70s with winds up to eight miles per hour, according to Weather.com.

Below is the final injury report for the week:

BALTIMORE
OUT: CB Tramain Jacobs (thigh)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Michael Campanaro (thigh), RB Justin Forsett (knee), TE Crockett Gillmore (back), LB Albert McClellan (thigh)
PROBABLE: WR Marlon Brown (concussion), TE Owen Daniels (non-injury), LB C.J. Mosley (wrist), LB Daryl Smith (non-injury), WR Torrey Smith (knee), LB Terrell Suggs (non-injury), DT DeAngelo Tyson (non-injury), LB Courtney Upshaw (hand), C Jeremey Zuttah (ankle)

MIAMI
OUT: LB Jonathan Freeny (hamstring), CB Jamar Taylor (shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: G Nate Garner (illness), CB Cortland Finnegan (ankle), LB Chris McCain (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: TE Charles Clay (hamstring)
PROBABLE: WR Brian Hartline (knee), T Ja’Wuan James (neck), LB Jelani Jenkins (shoulder), C Samson Satele (ribs), WR Mike Wallace (chest), S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring)

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Ravens promote tight end Supernaw to active roster

Posted on 05 December 2014 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens promoted tight end Phillip Supernaw to the 53-man roster Friday after he rejoined the organization earlier this week.

With rookie Crockett Gillmore missing practices on Thursday and Friday due to a back injury, it’s possible that Supernaw will serve as the No. 2 tight end behind veteran Owen Daniels as the Ravens face a critical road test against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

The 24-year-old has spent most of the season bouncing back and forth between the active roster and the practice squad, but Supernaw spent the last few weeks as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. Appearing in two games and catching one pass for three yards, Supernaw was waived by Kansas City earlier this week before the Ravens re-signed him to the practice squad.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to bring him back,” head coach John Harbaugh said on Wednesday. “We’re a little thin at tight end with just the two tight ends on the active roster, so that really helps us to have him back.”

Supernaw spent two other stints on the Ravens’ 53-man roster earlier this season, appearing in three games and making one catch for minus-2 yards in the Week 9 loss at Pittsburgh.

The 6-foot-5, 248-pound tight end from Ouachita Baptist spent the entire preseason with the Ravens and is familiar with offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak dating back to their days together in Houston.

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Ravens make several changes to 53-man roster Tuesday

Posted on 04 November 2014 by Luke Jones

The Ravens made several changes to their 53-man roster Tuesday headlined by the decision to cut cornerback Chykie Brown and move defensive tackle Terrence Cody to the active roster.

Baltimore also promoted cornerback Tramain Jacobs and waived tight end Phillip Supernaw as they now prepare for Sunday’s meeting with the Tennessee Titans.

A 2011 fifth-round pick, Brown struggled throughout the summer and had seen his playing time decrease through the first two months of the regular season. After entering training camp as the Ravens’ No. 3 cornerback, Brown was a healthy scratch in Weeks 7 and 8 before he was pressed into duty in Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh with top cornerback Jimmy Smith sidelined.

Brown played 13 defensive snaps against the Steelers, but he was burned in coverage on Antonio Brown’s 54-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter. It was apparent that defensive coordinator Dean Pees had lost all confidence in Brown when the Ravens began using strong safety Matt Elam at the nickel position instead of a third cornerback earlier this season.

The Ravens were forced to make a decision on Cody as his 21-day window to practice while still being on the reserve physically unable to perform list had expired. It remains unclear how Cody, a run-stopping defensive tackle, will fit into the rotation with Brandon Williams and Haloti Ngata both playing so well and rookie Timmy Jernigan emerging as a reliable reserve.

Jacobs is a rookie free agent from Texas A&M who impressed coaches with his performance during training camp, earning him an invitation to join the practice squad. With Brown being leg go, the 5-foot-11 Jacobs becomes the Ravens’ third healthy cornerback behind starters Lardarius Webb and Dominique Franks while Smith continues to recover from a mid-foot sprain expected to keep him out until at least after the Week 11 bye week.

Baltimore’s pass defense currently ranks 24th in the NFL and is allowing 263 yards per game through the air.

Supernaw would figure to be invited back to the practice squad should he clear waivers as his role diminished with the return of starting tight end Owen Daniels against the Steelers on Sunday.

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Ravens promote tight end Supernaw to 53-man roster

Posted on 25 October 2014 by Luke Jones

With unrest at the tight end position after the news of veteran Owen Daniels undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery this week, the Ravens promoted Phillip Supernaw from the practice squad and waived tight end Ryan Taylor ahead of Sunday’s meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Rookie Crockett Gillmore is expected to start in place of Daniels, but Supernaw figures to be active and to potentially receive limited opportunities when the Ravens use two-tight sets.

Supernaw was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster earlier this year after the season-ending hip injury suffered by Dennis Pitta in Week 3 and was active against the Carolina Panthers. He was cut earlier this month when the Ravens claimed Taylor off waivers from the Green Bay Packers and then re-signed to the practice squad.

Taylor was inactive for both games he spent on the active roster.

The 24-year-old Supernaw spent two years in Houston under Gary Kubiak and was primarily a member of the Texans’ practice squad, but he did appear in one game last season. His familiarity with the system made him a logical fit from a depth standpoint.

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Ravens claim former Packers tight end Taylor, try out veteran corner Bailey

Posted on 07 October 2014 by Luke Jones

The Ravens were awarded former Green Bay Packers tight end Ryan Taylor off waivers and cut tight end Phillip Supernaw on Tuesday.

However, it was their interest in another player that drew more attention as Baltimore worked out veteran cornerback Champ Bailey, according to an ESPN report. The future Hall of Fame defensive back spent the preseason with the New Orleans Saints, but no team has bit on the 36-year-old since he was cut at the end of the summer.

The Ravens lost cornerback Asa Jackson due to a severe toe injury that will keep him out for an extended period of time and veteran defensive back Lardarius Webb has been dealing with a nagging back injury for over two months, which explains why Baltimore reportedly intended to re-sign Dominique Franks on Tuesday.

It remained unclear as of Tuesday evening whether the Ravens would sign Bailey to a contract.

Taylor, 26, was drafted by the Packers in the seventh round of the 2011 draft. Playing in 50 games with Green Bay over the last four seasons, the University of North Carolina product has caught eight passes for 45 yards and a touchdown in his career.

With Dennis Pitta out for the season, Taylor provides more experience as a No. 3 option behind veteran Owen Daniels and rookie Crockett Gillmore. Supernaw missed Sunday’s game after suffering a thigh injury last week.

The Ravens also signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Steven Means to their practice squad to take the place of linebacker John Simon after he was signed by the Houston Texans earlier in the day. Means was a fifth-round pick in last year’s draft and appeared in 10 games for Tampa Bay as a rookie and one game this year before he was waived on Sept. 9.

Simon was a 2013 fourth-round selection from Ohio State, but the outside linebacker was cut at the end of the preseason before being signed to the practice squad.

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Ravens promote tight end Supernaw to 53-man roster

Posted on 23 September 2014 by Luke Jones

The Ravens promoted tight end Phillip Supernaw from the practice squad to the 53-man roster after placing Dennis Pitta on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday.

Supernaw was signed by the Ravens in the spring after spending two years in Houston under Gary Kubiak. The 24-year-old was primarily a member of the Texans’ practice squad, but he did appear in one game last season. Supernaw was cut from the roster at the end of the preaseason before being signed to the practices squad.

With Pitta out for the season after dislocating his right hip for the second time in 14 months on Sunday, veteran Owen Daniels and rookie Crockett Gillmore move up the depth chart with Supernaw becoming the No. 3 tight end. The Ouachita Baptist product’s familiarity with Kubiak’s system made him preferable over a number of tight ends the Ravens reportedly tried out on Tuesday.

To fill Supernaw’s spot on the practice squad, the Ravens signed tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi. Undrafted out of Georgia State in 2013, Ogbuehi has spent time with Washington, Miami, and Cleveland and was most recently on the Browns’ practice squad earlier this month.

The Ravens also re-signed wide receiver Deonte Thompson and waived running back Fitz Toussaint earlier on Tuesday.

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