We have re-signed RB Mark Thompson to the practice squad and released LB Alvin Jones, WR Sean Modster and LB Donald Payne.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 10, 2019
In addition to the transactions above, the Ravens also re-signed defensive back Terrell Bonds to the practice squad, too. Bonds, 23, was an undrafted free agent who, after spending time playing in the AAF, joined the Ravens this offseason.
Bonds had some moments earlier in the summer, including intercepting Lamar Jackson twice in one practice. However, he fizzled out as training camp progressed and failed to make the 53-man roster. This made sense given the team’s depth in the secondary at the time, but after losing Tavon Young for the season and Jimmy Smith to a MCL sprain, Baltimore is suddenly down two starting cornerbacks.
After Marlon Humphrey and Brandon Carr, the Ravens top remaining corners are Anthony Averett, Justin Bethel, and Cyrus Jones, so having Bond in the building for depth and insurance purposes makes sense.
Mark Thompson, the other player Baltimore added, spent time on the practice squad last season after putting together a solid preseason. At 6’1”, 235, Thompson is similar to Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards in his power-run play style. Thompson joins De’Lance Turner on the practice squad and in the event of an injury to Ingram, Edwards, or Justice Hill, one of them would likely be promoted to the active roster.
To make room for Thompson and Bonds, the Ravens released Sean Modster, Alvin Jones, and Donald Payne. Modster is the most surprising name from the list, as the undrafted free agent showcased solid hands and route-running at times during the offseason. The Ravens have a crowded receiving core but outside of Willie Snead IV, Modser was the only natural slot receiver in the farm system.
Some saw Jones as a sleeper to make the 53-man roster earlier in the offseason but was thoroughly outshined by fellow UDFA Otara Alaka in training camp. Between the three, Modster likely has the highest chance of being brought back at some point.