The Baltimore Ravens wasted no time looking for ways to improve their team heading into their bye week.
Following the diagnosis that starting right tackle Patrick Mekari suffered a high ankle sprain and will miss some time, they have added the veteran offensive lineman that they worked out on Tuesday — Cedric Ogbuehi.
We have signed OT Cedric Ogbuehi to the practice squad. pic.twitter.com/htOkkH5H4P— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 27, 2021
According to sources per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the expectation is that the seven-year veteran will be elevated to the active 53-man roster soon once he's acclimated. Thankfully the Ravens don't play their next game until Nov. 7, so he'll have some additional time to learn the playbook and build a rapport with his new teammates.
Ogbuehi was originally drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he spent the first four years of his career. He had a one-year stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019 and spent the last two years with the Seattle Seahawks before being released on Monday.
He has starting experience at both left and right tackle, making 30 starts out of a possible 58 games. While this doesn't completely take the cap-strapped Ravens out of the trade market at the position ahead of the midseason deadline, it certainly might decrease the likelihood.
In a corresponding move, the Ravens released veteran defensive back Jordan Richards from the practice squad to make room for Ogbuehi. They still could possibly bring back back the special teams ace once they promote their newest tackle to the active roster.