The Baltimore Ravens are continuing to bolster their roster for Organized Team Activities (OTAs), for certain position competitions, and more.
The players are 8th year QB Josh Johnson, a journeyman who has spent time with both the Cleveland Browns ans Cincinnati Bengals but most recently was on the roster of Week 1 foe, the Buffalo Bills. He will be a "Camp Arm" with a very long shot to make the team. He might be able to provide insight to the Bills' tendencies.
Also signed is DB Sam Brown, a rookie free agent from Missouri Western State.
The most notable of this round of signings is G Vladimir Ducasse, a Haitian-born 7 year veteran. Ducasse was part of a stout University of Massachusetts o-line in college, anchoring the LT spot while allowing only 6 sacks all season as a team. That was second in the NCAA, but Ducasse was first on the All-American ballot at his position for the Football Championship Subdivision. He was drafted by the Jets in the 2nd round in 2011. He played the last two seasons for the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, respectively.
Ducasse made progress and saw positive spot duty for Rex Ryan's Jets, but struggled when given a starting spot in 2013. This might have been the connection that the Ravens have with him, because QB Coach Marty Mornhinweg was the Offensive Coordinator of the Jets in that time.
Ducasse's Pro Football Focus grades are not great. Of note is that he is a mauler in the run game. He struggles in the passing game. He is a project, but it is possible that a tight Ravens unit could improve his play and get him back to be a viable starter.
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