The Ravens have sure brought in some interesting camp additions. Following Wednesday's signing of former Bengals safety-turned-wide receiver Tom Nelson, the Ravens have signed yet another transitional position player.
Today the team announced the signing of former Army QB Trent Steelman. Per BaltimoreRavens.com, the team was interested in signing Steelman following the 2013 NFL Draft, as he participated in the team's rookie minicamp. It wasn't in the cards however, as Steelman had to fufill his his commitment to enter the Army.
Last December, Steelman was released from active duty, and pursued his true love, football. Steelman was one of the greatest players in West Point history, and a prolific mobile quarterback, amassing 3,320 rushing yards and 45 rushing touchdowns during his stint at Army.
Since his release from active duty, Steelman has realized his skills at catching the ball, and made the transition to receiver. He participated in last month's International Federation of American Football World Championship as a member of Team USA. He helped lead Team USA to a gold medal and was named the tournament’s MVP. SBNation's own Rodger Sherman chronicled Steelman's journey in his great longform piece about the IFAF Championship.
Steelman replaces undrafted rookie quarterback Jerry Lovelocke on the roster, and joins the already crowded and competitive receiving corps as the 12th receiver on the roster. Steelman joins the team as an unknown 'dark horse', and will have to impress to have a shot at making the roster. With talent like Jeremy Butler, Michael Campanaro, and Marlon Brown competing alongside him, it will surely be an uphill battle.