The Ravens continued their roster tinkering ahead of next Thursday’s start of training camp, signing two players while placing two others on the physically unable to perform list.
Veteran wide receiver Griff Whalen, who has played five NFL seasons, was added to the Ravens roster after a successful tryout and physical with the team Friday. The former Indianapolis Colt and San Diego Charger gives the Ravens another option in the slot and the return game.
The addition of Whalen, 27, appears to be a response to the uncertainty regarding the health of Michael Campanaro, who is still recovering from a toe injury sustained during organized team activities in late May. If he is able to stay healthy, Campanaro (River Hill) is a perceived favorite for one of the reserve receiver spots behind Mike Wallace, Jeremy Maclin and Breshad Perriman, and the primary punt returner role.
The 26-year-old Campanaro, who has battled myriad injuries since the Ravens selected the local product in the seventh round of the 2014 draft, was placed on the PUP list Friday, along with second-year cornerback Tavon Young. Young tore the ACL in his left knee during OTAs and could miss the entire season. Campanaro is still expected to return to the field relatively early in camp, although the team will be cautious with him given his injury history.
The Ravens now have three players on the PUP list after they placed defensive end Patrick Ricard on the list Thursday. Players on the PUP list can be activated to the added roster and resume practicing at any time during training camp.
Rookie fifth-round offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor passed the team’s conditioning test Friday, so he was taken off the non-football injury list.
On Friday, the Ravens also added undrafted free-agent cornerback Reggie Porter, who played his college ball at Utah. Porter (5 feet 11, 185 pounds) had 43 tackles and two interceptions as a senior for the Utes. After he went undrafted, he signed with the Colts but was released in mid-June.
The Ravens had two empty 90-man roster spots to accommodate Porter and Whalen after they waived-injured undrafted wide receiver Aaron Bailey and safety Daniel Henry over the past two days.
As he awaited another NFL opportunity, Whalen participated in the Spring League Showcase alongside several other unsigned veterans and NFL hopefuls last week. Less than a week later, he was working out for Ravens officials.
Whalen has 47 catches for 509 yards and three touchdowns in 41 games spanning five seasons. He played eight games for the Chargers last year and caught two passes for 22 yards. For his career, Whalen averages 24.2 yards on kickoff returns and 8.2 yards on punt returns.
If they stay healthy, Wallace, Maclin, Perriman and Chris Moore are considered locks for receiver spots. That leaves one or two spots for a group that includes Campanaro, Whalen, Chris Matthews, Keenan Reynolds (Navy) and Kenny Bell.
Whalen also figures to factor in the return mix, along with Campanaro, Reynolds, Moore, safety Lardarius Webb and undrafted wide receiver Tim White.