Rookie running back Raheem Mostert was in the lobby of the Miami Dolphins' training facility Wednesday afternoon, ready to put his name on a new contract. He had been waived by the Dolphins a day earlier, but Miami wanted to re-sign him to its practice squad. However, both sides first had to wait until after 4 p.m. to make sure that Mostert had cleared waivers.
Right around that time, Mostert's phone rang. It was a call from a Ravens' official informing him that he had been awarded to the AFC North team on a waiver claim.
"Shocked," is how Mostert described his reaction to the phone call. "I was in their office and I had to hurry to get out of there. It was a blessing."
The Ravens had a need for another running back with starter Justin Forsett dealing with a sore ankle and one of his backups, Lorenzo Taliaferro, going on injured reserve with a foot injury.
Mostert, who played his college ball at Purdue and spent the preseason with the Philadelphia Eagles, made an impression on Ravens' officials and coaches during the joint practices between the Ravens and Eagles and in the preseason game between the two teams. In the Eagles' 40-17 win, Mostert had 98 all-purpose yards.
"That's what they explained to me, that they watched me in preseason and in the joint practices, they were watching me," he said. "I made a couple of explosive plays against them in the actual game. That's what they told me they looked at, so that's good."
Mostert led the NFL with 351 yards from scrimmage in the preseason. The Dolphins signed him off the Eagles' practice squad in Week Two, and he returned kicks for Miami that week, but he was inactive in two games since. He's hoping now that he'll find a home in Baltimore.
"You can never take an opportunity as just, 'whatever,'" Mostert said. "I'm taking it as, 'OK, it's time to get it going. Try to get on the field and play as much as possible and try to contribute for the team.' That's something that I really hang my hat on, try and contribute."