Ravens Sign RB Draughn and Place WR Mellette on IR
Earlier this week, the Baltimore Ravens re-signed WR Tandon Doss and released LB Robert James. Now, they have signed RB Shaun Draughn and placed WR Aaron Mellette on injured reserve.
Draughn played for the Kansas City Chiefs last season as a kick returner and their third running back. In this role, he averaged 23 yards per kickoff return on 23 attempts. On offense, he ran the ball 59 times for 233 yards and two touchdowns and also caught 24 passes for 158 yards.
After playing his college ball at North Carolina, Draughn went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft, Draughn signed with the Washington Redskins but was waived by them and joined the Chiefs, finishing the season with their practice squad, playing in one game.
Cut in the final roster cutdown this year, Draughn is expected to contribute as a returner for the Ravens as All-Pro returner Jacoby Jones is out four-six games with a sprained MCL. Along with this, Draughn will serve as the number three running back, a position that was vacant last week due to how the Ravens had constructed the roster. He has been assigned jersey number 38.
In the corresponding roster move, the Ravens placed Mellette, a seventh round pick out of Elon, on injured reserve with a knee injury.
This moves leaves just four healthy wide receivers on the Ravens 53-man roster: Torrey Smith, Brandon Stokley, Marlon Brown and Doss. Both Jones and Deonte Thompson (foot) are currently injured.
Mellette has inactive for the Ravens week one loss against the Denver Broncos. In the preseason, he recorded nine catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns.