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Ravens sign running back Shaun Draughn

Baltimore will likely give Draughn a chance to return kicks with Jacoby Jones sidelined for 4-6 weeks.

The Ravens signed running back and return specialist Shaun Draughn to the roster Wednesday.
The Ravens signed running back and return specialist Shaun Draughn to the roster Wednesday.

Shaun Draughn was in the Baltimore area when his telephone rang.

When he picked up, a member of the Ravens' organization was on the other end. Draughn was back in business.

After spending the past couple of weeks without a team, the Ravens signed Draughn to a contract Wednesday. He spent 2012 with the Chiefs but was released on the NFL's mandatory final cut down day.

"I was praying for a good team to be on and I think this is the perfect team," Draughn said.

Draughn is a 6-0, 205-pound downhill runner that has some power to his game. But where he might be used the most is at kick returner, given receiver Jacoby Jones will miss the next four to six weeks with an MCL sprain.

At the same time, Draughn will wait to find out how he'll fit into the offense, which already relies on running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. The Ravens haven't typically used a third running back on offense during games in recent years.

"I don't know exactly the types of things they do compared to Kansas City but the running game is superb," Draughn said. "Ray Rice, it's just an honor to be in the room with that guy. The offense is some of the same things we ran but a little more high-powered I think."

With the Chiefs a year ago, Draughn ran for 233 yards and two touchdowns.

Draughn continued his training since his release with the Chiefs, hoping he'd find another suitor. His focus was on making sure he was in game shape for whichever team wanted to sign him.

"It's not a tough mindset to get back but when you go back to working out from playing full-speed football, there's a certain thing in your mind you got to click on, to stay prepared for when they call," Draughn said.

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