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Ravens claim WR Sammy Watkins after Devin Duvernay was placed on IR

Ravens claim WR Sammy Watkins after Devin Duvernay was placed on IR

OWINS MILLS, Maryland — The Baltimore Ravens He had a surprise meeting on Tuesday, as he was on his way to playoff services for a pass rush and fumble.

The Ravens claimed wide receiver Sammy Watkins off waivers and put the initial Devin Duvernay on injured reserve after being injured in Tuesday’s practice. Baltimore is returning Watkins with the hope that he can improve the NFL’s sixth-worst offense and help an offense that hasn’t scored a touchdown in the past seven quarters.

Watkins, 29, refused Green Bay Packers on Monday after not making a catch in his last three games. He signed a one-year, $1.85 million deal with Green Bay this offseason and had 13 catches for 206 yards and no touchdowns in nine games.

His return was a surprise as he finished with career lows in receptions (27) and receiving yards (394) in his lone season in Baltimore last year. At the end of last season, Watkins was near the bottom of the depth chart, which was a far drop from the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Watkins’ second shift in Baltimore comes on a day when Duvernay, an outside linebacker, limped off the practice field. Tyus Bowser apologized for a social media post that highlighted a fan’s anger with the offensive coordinator and Pro Bowl tight end Mark Andrews damned in response to silencing criticism.

Duvernay, who has started 13 games this season, barely put any weight on his right foot about 30 minutes into the practice locker room. He was third on the Ravens with 37 catches for 407 yards and three touchdowns.

with Duvernay in IR and Rashod Bateman (foot) The Ravens were out for the season Demarcus Robinson, DeSean Jackson and James Close II Before receiving Watkins. The Ravens’ wide receivers are last in the NFL in receiving yards (1,328) and haven’t thrown a touchdown since Week 3 (Sept. 25).

Andrews admitted to hearing “outside noise” about the struggling offense, which has two touchdowns in the past three games.

Asked if there was any motivation to silence critics, the normally pleasant Andrews said: “I don’t give a s—, honestly. I don’t give a s—-.”

Andrews added: “For us, there’s no doubt that the people in this building are doing everything they can to win games and put themselves in the best possible shape. So we have full confidence, and it’s going to be a passionate team. This is a good team to take a game away from or not at our best. to perform”.

There has been growing unease among Ravens fans with offensive coordinator Greg Roman. On Sunday, Bowser posted a video on Instagram showing handwritten pieces of paper in front of the band’s installation reading “Fire Greg Roman” and later deleted it.

Bowser sought out Roman on Monday morning to apologize.

“What I did was something I shouldn’t have done,” Bowser said. “I respect him 100%.”

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (knee) missed his seventh straight practice Tuesday, which means backup Tyler Huntley He could make his third start of the season on Saturday Atlanta Falcons. Baltimore (9-5) can clinch a playoff spot with a win over Atlanta on Saturday and two losses to three AFC East teams ( New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots).



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