Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Zachary Orr has been placed on injured reserve as the team claimed former Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Vince Mayle off of waivers according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.
Orr suffered a neck injury in last Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers that caused him to miss practice this week. Orr leads the Ravens in tackles this season with 132 and has the following to his credit:
- Three interceptions
- eight passes defensed
- one forced fumble
- two fumble recoveries
Orr has certainly had a breakout season in his third year from the University of North Texas and will be one of the young rising stars on the Ravens defense for the next couple of seasons at least.
Mayle, a second year wide receiver from the Washington State Cougars, was waived by the Cowboys on Thursday. He is a big receiver at 6-2 weighing 224 pounds. Mayle played in six games this season but did not register a statistic. For the Ravens to make this move, the team may be looking at him as a project heading into mini camp and training camp in 2017.
Here is a scouting report on Mayle coming into the 2015 NFL Draft according to NFL.com:
Former basketball player. Has good speed and twitch for a big receiver. Can win in space and has tremendous ability to track the ball over his shoulder on deep throws. Has learned to vary route speed to help with separation on slants. Outstanding physical traits for the position. Sinks hips and sits down on route quickly for a receiver his size. Better acceleration than cornerbacks expect on free release. Can get to top speed quickly and has touchdown catches of 72, 81 and 90 yards over last two seasons. Has the body type to overwhelm small cornerbacks. Fights through initial contact after the catch and will grind out tough yards. Slimmed down entering 2014 and put up big numbers in pass-happy offense.”
Has limited playing experience. Needs to learn to use his hands more effectively against press coverage. Can be held up off release by smaller corners, despite size. Unsound fundamentals as a hands-catcher. Had 13 drops in 2014. Will trap ball against body and struggle with focus drops. Basic route runner at this stage. Below-average separation out of breaks. Predictable releases off snap allow cornerbacks to manipulate his routes. Inconsistent effort as run blocker if he doesn't square defender up. No dynamic traits near line of scrimmage, including after the catch.”