Ravens add two running backs to their practice squad

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Jan 1, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bears running back Jeremy Langford (33) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens did not have much luck when it came to the waiver wire this season. They missed out on fan favorite quarterback Josh Woodrum, who was signed to the Cleveland Browns. Linebacker Donald Payne was also signed by another team, the Jacksonville Jaguars. Perhaps most painful, the Ravens missed out on some homegrown talent when the Chicago Bears signed running back Taquan Mizzell. The Ravens decided to repay the favor by signing former Bears running back Jeremy Langford to their practice squad.

Langford flashed talent a few times in Chicago, starting five games over the last two seasons. Over that time, he rushed for 737 yards and 10 touchdowns on 210 attempts. He also caught 41 passes for 421 yards and a touchdown. Langford was selected by the Bears in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL draft. He was in line to become the Bears’ starting running back last year before an ankle injury gave rookie Jordan Howard a chance to shine. Howard impressed enough to keep the job after Langford returned in Week 8.


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The Ravens also added Alex Collins to their practice squad after he was cut by the Seattle Seahawks. Collins was apparently set to join the New York Jets when Baltimore swooped in and signed him out from under them. Collins was a fifth-round draft pick in 2016. He finished his rookie season last year with 125 yards on 31 carries. He had one touchdown. Going into the 2017 season, Collins dropped 17 pounds and is reportedly in better shape than he was last year.

Considering how week the Ravens are at running back, these are great pick ups. Terrance West and Javorius “Buck” Allen are the only traditional backs they have on their roster. Danny Woodhead is obviously not a traditional back and will play mostly on passing downs. Both Langford and Collins could see time on the field this year, and hopefully make an impact for the Ravens.

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